Contraflow Bike Lanes Deemed Acceptable by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration
Contraflow Bike Lanes Deemed Acceptable by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) confirmed contraflow bike lanes with proper signage and pavement markings as permissible under the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). MUTCD is a periodically updated set of national standards for all traffic control devices ...
Research Recap, March 21: New Car Emissions, Support for Bike Lanes, Transit-Oriented Development
New York City residents speak out on bike lanes in their city, such as the one pictured here. Photo via Spencer Thomas.
Welcome to “Research Recap,” our series highlighting recent reports, studies and other findings in sustainable transportation policy and practice, in case you missed it. Continued Decline in U.K. New Car Emissions Average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of new U.K. cars ...
TheCityFix Picks, March 18: Real-Time Transit Info, Biking Tickets, Pollution Pricing
TheCityFix Picks, March 18: Real-Time Transit Info, Biking Tickets, Pollution Pricing
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 ...
Vote Now for Active Cities, Healthy Cities!
Vote Now for Active Cities, Healthy Cities!
Originally posted on EMBARQ.org: A new online competition, Active Cities, Healthy Cities, was launched today to raise awareness of cities in Latin America and the Caribbean dedicated to sustainable transport, the environment, and creating a healthy lifestyle for their citizens. ...
Finding a Smarter Approach to “Smart Cities”
Dehli, India, one of twenty-four cities awarded development grants through IBM's Smarter Cities Challenge.  Photo via seier+seier.
Consistent with its long-established reputation of exploring the forefronts of technological development, IBM, the technology firm, displayed interest in “smart city” technology with the grand gesture of creating The Smarter Cities Challenge. This competitive challenge awards 100 cities around the world ...
World Water Day 2011: Urbanization, Water and Climate Change
Sea level rise proposes a threat to transit and urban quality of life. Photo by McKay Savage.
The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as World Water Day to highlight challenges of protecting the world’s water. Since 1993, World Water Day has been a time dedicated to drawing international attention to and discussing the affects of rapid ...
Toronto Set to Launch Bike-Sharing Program
The City of Toronto is set to launch a bike-sharing program as an extension of its public transit system. Photo by wyliepoon.
A new bike-sharing program, called BIXI (short for “bicycle-taxi,”) will be installed in Toronto starting May 2011. Currently, the system has been operating in Montreal, Canada, since its inception in May 2009.  Although the program is not expected to begin until ...
Friday Fun: Urbanized by Gary Hustwit
Filmmakers Luke Geissbühler and Gary Hustwit atop a heliport in Santiago, Chile. Photo via Urbanized.
Gary Hustwit, the independent filmmaker behind “Helvetica” and “Objectified,” has partnered with cinematographer Luke Geissbuhler to work on a third documentary, “Urbanized.” Gary’s first film documentary, named after the font Helvetica, looks at typography, graphic design and global visual design. Gary’s ...
Kaohsiung’s Public Transportation Push
Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
In 2006, Kaohsiung City recorded a paltry 4.3 percent share for public transportation usage. In the years since, the Kaohsiung City government launched an ambitious plan to increase ridership in Taiwan’s second largest urban area. To reform its transportation system, ...
Seoul Boosts Transit Ridership with Color-Coded Buses and Other Reforms
Seoul's color coded buses simplify route identification and encourage bus ridership. Photo by Jon Allen.
On July 1, 2004, the municipal government of Seoul, South Korea restructured its public transportation system to improve commuter satisfaction and provide a better integrated bus system to discourage private vehicle use, reduce traffic congestion and pollution, and improve quality ...