Lofty Idea: "Skywalks" for Mumbai Pedestrians
The "yellow caterpillar" skywalk snakes through Mumbai. Photo by Michael Rubenstein from the Wall Street Journal.
Sidewalks in Mumbai are feeling the squeeze. Pedestrians, street vendors, scooters and squatters all compete for space on the gridlocked footpaths around the city, where nearly 60% of the population travels by foot. In response to this overcrowding, the city ...
Guadalajara and Santiago Join "1000 Cities 1000 Lives" Global Health Campaign
A few more cities recently joined the worldwide global health campaign, 1000 Cities 1000 Lives, which we wrote about previously here. The campaign, sponsored by the World Health Organization, was launched with the goal to get 1,000 cities around the ...
New Report: Biking and Walking Could Save Lives
"Increasing investment in biking and walking could lead to more people biking and walking. The more people bike and walk, the safer it is and the healthier the community. It’s a virtuous cycle," says Jeff Miller, President of the Alliance for Biking & Walking. Photo by suburbandk.
A “lack of investment in biking and walking could be contributing to higher traffic fatalities and chronic disease rates in the U.S.,” according to a new report released today by the Alliance for Biking & Walking. Here are some of ...
Back to Bicycling Basics in Beijing
To address continued air pollution and traffic congestion woes, Beijing is harkening back to its days as the "bicycle kingdom" and introducing policies to encourage more cycling. Photo by Dave-Gray.
According to The Guardian, 20 years ago, four out of five Beijing residents pedaled around China’s capital in some of the world’s best bike lanes.  However, this number has decreased as private car ownership has gone up. From 1995 to 2005, China’s ...
Blogging from TRB: More Prep for a Performance-Based Reauthorization
TRB panelists discussed how to put pieces in place for the reauthorization of the U.S. transportation bill. Photo by woodleywonderworks.
Talk of the reauthorization of the federal transportation bill, and how to prepare for it, permeated this year’s Transportation Research Board meeting. (See what we’ve wrote about it before here.)  As a follow-up to a session on visions for performance-based ...
A New Face in Your Blogosphere
Say "hello" to our new blogger! Photo courtesy of Megan McConville.
You may recognize my name – I’ve been a contributor to TheCityFix for the past several months.  I recently took the job on full-time, so I wanted to introduce myself. I’m happy to be working with EMBARQ for the second ...
Guadalajara and Santiago Join “1000 Cities 1000 Lives” Global Health Campaign
The city of Santiago promotes physical activity and community interaction through a weekly initiative known as CicloRecreoVia. Photo via ciclorecreovia.cl.
A few more cities recently joined the worldwide global health campaign, 1000 Cities 1000 Lives, which we wrote about previously here. The campaign, sponsored by the World Health Organization, was launched with the goal to get 1,000 cities around the ...
State of the Union: Billions of Dollars for High-Speed Rail, But What About Other Modes of Transport?
In April 2009, Obama announced his plans for a national high-speed rail master plan. Photo by Center for Neighborhood Technology.
Last night, President Obama delivered his first State of the Union address, announcing that Florida will receive $1 billion for a high-speed rail line (running between Tampa and Orlando.) In total, 13 major corridors will receive $8 billion in stimulus ...
U.S. Stimulus “Jobs Bill” Signals Major Opportunity to Improve Safety and Save Money
All you need is paint and permission to make roads safer for bicyclists  Photo by bikeportland.org
By mandating or incentivizing Fix it First and transit projects, the Jobs Bill can create more jobs, save lives and alleviate fiscal constraints on communities
Blogging from TRB: Introducing the USDOT Leadership
Peter Rogoff, FTA Administrator, teases Cynthia Quarterman, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administrator, for arriving late to the panel because she was stuck in traffic and didn’t use public transportation. Photo by Megan McConville.
Last Thursday, attendees of the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting had the unique opportunity to “meet the USDOT leadership.” A panel of administrators and deputy administrators of DOT’s various sub-agencies presented their priorities and plans for the coming years.  Speakers ...