TheCityFix Picks, March 12: China’s Ambitious High-Speed Rail Plans, Burgeoning Bike Culture, Apps for Transport Problems
China's expanded high speed rail network would extend through India, Kazakhstan, Turkey and other countries. The Chinese government proposes to finance the projects in exchange for rights to some of its neighbors' natural resources. Photo by yeowatzup.
Welcome back to TheCityFix Picks, our series highlighting the newsy and noteworthy of the past week. Each Friday, we’ll run down the headlines falling under TheCityFix’s five themes: mobility, quality of life, environment, public space, and technology and innovation Mobility ...
Moving through the Recession, Part 4: Can We Sustain the Biking Boom?
Bicycling has seen rising popularity during the recession, but this increased interest won't be sustained without adequate investments.  Photo: Ed Yourdon, flickr.
This is the fourth installment of TheCityFix’s series Moving through the Recession, which explores how the worldwide economic slowdown has impacted transportation systems and users locally, nationally and internationally. Parts 1, 2 and 3 examined transit ridership, service cuts and ...
Special Correspondent: IBM Works to Enhance Public Transport in Nigeria
Department of Public Transportation in Nigeria. Photo by Drew Alt.
It’s 4:00 p.m. on a Wednesday and I am sitting shirtless at a hotel in southeastern Nigeria.  I am not at the office because electricity from the grid was no longer and there was no diesel for the generator.  My ...
Fuel Tax Increase Necessary to Cut Transportation Emissions
Policy makers will need to increase fuel taxes to curb the growth in VMT that drives transportation emissions, says a new report.  Photo: respres, flickr.
Raising the price of gas to $7 per gallon may be necessary to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2020 targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 14 percent, says a new report from Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and ...
Five Months of Ahmedabad’s Janmarg: Setting the Standard for BRT in India
Ahmedabad has set a new standard for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in India. That was the consensus at a recent capacity-building workshop educating other city officials about the planning and implementation of the local BRT. The five-month old system, popularly ...
Congrats to Our Hometown Bicycle Friendly Businesses!
More DC offices should jump on the Bicycle Friendly Business bandwagon, providing cycling amenities like this secure bike parking area.  Photo: richardmasoner.
The D.C. area is home to two of the winners from the League of American Bicyclists’ latest round of Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) awards.  Congrats to our hometown awardees: Revolution Cycles in Arlington and the U.S. EPA headquarters!  Both received ...
Is D.C. Ready for Electric Vehicles?
If DC is going to be ready for the arrival of electric cars later this year, it's going to have to begin installing more public charging stations, like this one in Oregon, soon.  Photo: Todd Mecklem, flickr.
They’ve been all over the news lately – the Chevrolet Volt, the Nissan Leaf, the Tesla Roadster. And they’re coming soon: Electric vehicles are expected to hit the streets late this year. If they make the splash automakers and sustainable ...
Google Maps Now Includes Bicycling Directions
Google Maps Now Includes Bicycling Directions
Google Maps now has directions for cyclists! In 2005, Google started offering directions for car drivers, then two years later, it added transit routes. The map navigation expanded to pedestrians in 2008. We’ve already written about how Google Maps is ...
“Let’s Move” Toward a National Model of Active Community Design
The Let's Move Task Force can look to France's national obesity-prevention program, Epode, for ways to incorporate active community design.  Photo: Epode.
Four weeks ago, TheCityFix covered the launch of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, noting the omission of an active community design component. As we speak, the Task Force on Childhood Obesity is developing the campaign’s agenda. Its recommendations are due ...
Recognizing a Woman's Role in Sustainable Transport
Today is International Women’s Day, a celebration observed since 1911 to recognize the economic, political and social achievements of women around the world. Eric Britton at World Streets wrote a commemorative piece on how “women hold the key to the ...