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U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood mounts a demonstration bike from the new soon-to-be-named bike-sharing program in DC. Photo by Transportation for America
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 ...
New York’s Iconic Subway Map Gets Makeover
L-R: A comparison of the current (1998) map, the Kick Map, and the 1972 Vignelli map. Image via Kickmap.com
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is set to release a revamped subway map – the first since 1998. The new map features a taller and fatter Manhattan and a  shrunken Staten Island; brighter, cheerier colors; and pared-down bus-connection bubbles. The ...
Philips Wants Your Ideas for Livable Cities
Bike and bus lanes make Copenhagen more livable. Photo via Spacing Magazine.
Philips, the multinational electronics company, recently announced its Livable Cities Award, “looking for individuals, community or non-governmental organizations and businesses who have ideas – ideas for ‘simple solutions’ that will improve people’s health and well-being in a city.” The contest is split into three ...
Metro Board Hikes Fares, Maintains Service
Metrorail fares are set to increase at the end of June.
Last Thursday, the Metro Board of Directors unanimously approved the biggest fare hike in the history of the transit agency, totaling nearly $109 million in rail, bus and paratransit fare increases. The deal was made over a “lunch break,” closed ...
Yellow Cab, Dollar Cab…Unicab?
The Unicab may be New York City's "Taxi of Tomorrow"
Since 2008, the New York Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) has been seeking the “Taxi of Tomorrow.” The Big Apple is looking for ideas on how to upgrade its existing taxi fleet to “more appropriately reflect the needs of its ...
New York's Iconic Subway Map Gets Makeover
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is set to release a revamped subway map – the first since 1998. The new map features a taller and fatter Manhattan and a  shrunken Staten Island; brighter, cheerier colors; and pared-down bus-connection bubbles. The ...
Friday Fun: The Monsterbike
Friday Fun: The Monsterbike
Via Gizmodo.com, behold,  the Monster Bike It’s not the most functional thing in the world, but it definitely makes a bold statement. Do you have pictures or videos of “unique” bikes, scooters, trikes, or other sustainable transportation innovations? Email them ...
Stores Ditch Shopping Carts to Discourage Vehicle Use
Shopping carts make us buy more stuff than we can carry home! Photo via phil_g
The Sydney City Council voted on Wednesday to ban trolleys (shopping carts) at a local market, citing shoppers’ propensity to load up carts with far more food than they can carry, and then rely on a car to get home. The ...
Cartoons Break Language Barriers to Support Sustainable Transport in India
Editorial cartoons provide much-needed commentary on India's transport issues. Images via Times of India (h/t to Sudhir Ghota of CAI-Asia)
India’s booming population and rapidly urbanizing, motorizing society urgently demands better and affordable sustainable transportation, including bus rapid transit (BRT), sidewalks and cycling lanes. More and more, Indian civil society is mobilizing mass communications campaigns, especially through the Internet, to ...
Update: SeeClickFix Joins WashPo, Talks Sustainable Mobility, Opens Data, Adds Languages
Update: SeeClickFix Joins WashPo, Talks Sustainable Mobility, Opens Data, Adds Languages
Our friends at SeeClickFix announced today that they have joined forces with The Washington Post, which now features a SeeClickFix widget on a new local news section called The Daily Gripe. The Post editors will highlight a “Gripe of the ...