Real-Time Informatics for a “New Soft City”
How do the movement patterns of buses and pedestrians overlap in the Stazione Termini neighborhood of Rome? Image via Senseable City Lab.
What if cities could talk? Or transit systems could tell you how they’re feeling? Sounds crazy, but it’s not that far-fetched. “Urban informatics” could change the way people understand and interact with cities, says Dan Hill, a designer, urbanist and ...
Keepin' Up with Curitiba
Curitiba, Brazil has long provided a global model for successful integration of transportation and land use planning, with a focus on environmental preservation. And recent innovations –  including the brand new Green Line and an expanded traditional route  - deserve international ...
Get the Daily Dish with DDOT's New Blog
Get the Daily Dish with DDOT's New Blog
The District Department of Transportation announced today that they have launched its first official blog, known as the “d.ish.” In his first post, DDOT Director Gabe Klein explains the importance of communications: We have been working hard to create a ...
Recycled Printer Cartridges Pave Bike Path
Australia's Parks and Wildlife Minister Karl Hampton tests the new bike path. Photo via The Centralian Advocate.
The next time your printer cartridge runs out of ink at just the wrong moment, remember this story – and recycle it. A new bike path made with Replas recycled plastics - mostly recycled printer cartridges - opened recently in Central Australia, stretching ...
Manifesto for Urban Accessibility in India
Flyovers like Vakola Flyover in Mumbai increasingly link wealthier urbanites to business and commercial centers, inhibiting these citizens' integration and interaction with the rest of the city. Photo via Swami Stream.
In my introductory post, I mentioned my interest in writing about how we can use sustainable transportation development to ensure increased accessibility for poor city dwellers, particularly in developing countries. Sudhir Chella Rajan, a professor of Humanities and Social Sciences ...
Friday Fun: Horse-Drawn Hummers!
New York artist Jeremy Dean converted a Hummer H2 into a horse-drawn carriage to "show how screwed and unsustainable the auto industry has become." Photo via WagingNonViolence.com.
It’s Friday, so let’s have a little fun! See our previous posts in this series here. We never thought this day would come: a sustainable Hummer is here. Just as the demise of General Motors‘ nemesis of sustainable transport unfolded, ...
Keepin’ Up with Curitiba
Curitiba's green line includes regular and articulated green buses, linking outlying neighborhoods and terminals without passing through the center of the city. Image via Government of Curitiba.
Curitiba, Brazil has long provided a global model for successful integration of transportation and land use planning, with a focus on environmental preservation. And recent innovations –  including the brand new Green Line and an expanded traditional route  - deserve international ...
Upcoming Event: Online Engagement for Sustainable Urban Mobility
What online tools exist in the D.C. area to make transportation more efficient, user-friendly and sustainable? Photo by Dsade
EMBARQ, the producer of this blog, is hosting an event on June 15 about “Online Engagement for Sustainable Urban Mobility“: EMBARQ – The World Resources Institute Center for Sustainable Transport invites D.C. city officials, planners, transport practitioners, technologists, social media ...
Avoiding Environmental Disaster through Sustainable Accessibility
Avoiding Environmental Disaster through Sustainable Accessibility
“The greatest wave of mass mobility is yet to come.” – John Sterman Yesterday in my post about sustainable accessibility, I included a link to this lecture by Dr. John Sterman. The lecture, part of MIT’s series of seminars about transportation, ...
Are VMT and GDP Really Correlated?
Are VMT and GDP Really Correlated?
People tend to drive more when the economy is in better shape.  Research has shown that vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and gross domestic product (GDP) tend to follow the same trends over time (see for example the Federal Highway Administration’s Summary of ...