Cities in Flux: The Importance of Sustainable Mobility in Megacities
"The 21st century will not be dominated by America or China, Brazil or India, but by the city." says Parag Khanna about the world's urbanized future.
This is part of TheCityFix’s series, “Cities in Flux,” about demographic shifts as a result of development, immigration, migration, politics and the environment. We look at how city planning and transportation policies respond to this movement. I thought an essay ...
In NYC, a New System of Buses Expands From the Bronx to Manhattan
Snapshot of the new bus system from a Streetsblog video.
In June 2010, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) unveiled its first bus line with elements of bus rapid transit (BRT). The express bus, the Bx12 line, runs east to west across the Bronx with limited stops. Riders pay before getting ...
"Naked Streets" Without Traffic Lights Improve Flow and Safety
Portishead is a coastal town in England about 120 miles west of London. The town of 22,000 people experimented with turning its traffic lights off on a major road in September 2009. Despite the traffic chaos, the streets still seemed ...
Friday Fun: Floating, Flame-Throwing, Bottle-Opening, Baby-Carrying Bikes
Reporter Paul Harris floats down the River Cam in eastern England. Photo via the Daily Mail.
The next time you need to thwart enemies or escape evil henchmen on your way to work, consider a spin on the BOND (Built of Notorious Deterrents) Bike, ”designed to combat the things that most annoy the urban cyclist: Handlebar-mounted flamethrower to ...
Would You Drive a Car that Drives Itself?
Would you trust yourself with a robot—like Total Recall's Johnny Cab—behind the wheel? Image via cracked.com.
Google’s wheels are spinning again. Earlier this month, the company made headlines with its $1 million investment in Shweeb’s bicycle monorail, and now, the company is venturing into the car business. Last week, Google announced its new technology for cars ...
Meter Jam: Evolving to a Results-Driven Campaign
The Meter Jam campaign started as a protest against Mumbai cabbies who overcharge passengers. Photo by Mayank Lahiri.
There have been more developments in India’s Meter Jam campaign, which we’ve been following for the past two months. The boycott of taxis and auto-rickshaws first began in mid-August, mostly as a protest against drivers, who, especially in Mumbai, frequently refuse potential ...
Are Transportation Agencies Actually Reading What’s Said Online?
An image from a short video on the new twitter interface.
Do transportation agencies keep up with conversations in blogs and social media? The answer is generally yes, but it’s not so systematic. It’s likely an employee is checking Twitter updates occasionally, writing back when possible, expanding an agency’s social media ...
“Naked Streets” Without Traffic Lights Improve Flow and Safety
A Hans Monderman-designed streetscape in Drachten, Holland sans traffic lights, road signs and lane markers. Photo by Jerry Michalski.
Portishead is a coastal town in England about 120 miles west of London. The town of 22,000 people experimented with turning its traffic lights off on a major road in September 2009. Despite the traffic chaos, the streets still seemed ...
TheCityFix Picks, October 15: Select Bus Service Debuts in NYC, Aussies Walk the Most, Alt Fuels Celebrated
Australia ranks as the country with pedestrians who walk the most on a daily basis. Photo by Chris Freeland.
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 ...
America by Car: Lee Friedlander's Photography
Following in the tradition of  American photographers like Walker Evans is Lee Friedlander.  Since the 1950s, Friedlander has focused on everyday Americana, creating expansive black and white images of the social landscape. His latest photographic exploration focuses on views of ...