TheCityFix Picks, June 18: Dump the Pump, Slim City Streets, Predict Traffic Jams
Using public transportation could potentially save you upwars to $10,000 a year!
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 ...
Mumbai through the Monsoon: Roads Flooded, Trains Stalled, Ten Dead
A tree falls on the tracks near Dadar station due to heavy rain. Photo via Mid Day.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote the first post for a series following Mumbai through the monsoon. On June 11, the monsoon officially arrived in Mumbai, signaling the start of an annual test of the city’s transportation infrastructure. After ...
Walking and Cycling in America: Restoring "Forgotten" Modes of Transport
Hurray! Yesterday brought great news for sustainable transportation advocates. On June 16, the Federal Highway Administration released its National Biking and Walking Study, analyzing trends in transportation over the past 20 years. Turns out, there is more federal funding for ...
Toot Your Vuvuzelas for the Gautrain
The Gautrain under its blue lights at Sandton Station, one of four open stations on the high-speed train's airport route. Photo via fmgbain.
Sports fans around the globe are all going a bit insane from listening to the incessant drone of South Africans’ blow horns, the Vuvuzelas. But we think Africa’s first high-speed train, the Gautrain, deserves some horn-tootin’.
Upcoming Event: Smart Mobility for the 21st Century, and How to Change a Flat Bike Tire
The Goethe-Institut is located on the corner of 7th and I (eye) Streets, just a few minutes from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro.Photo via Goethe-Institut.
On June 23 the Goethe-Institut in Washington is hosting an event, Biking, Walking, and Public Transport: Smart Mobility for the 21st Century. The event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a “hands-on” demonstration on how to change a bike ...
Evaluating the Economic Impact of Transit-Oriented Development in California
Los Angeles is notorious for traffic jams stretching miles out of the city. Photo via Atwater Village Newbie.
Over the next two decades, California will need at least two million new homes to accommodate its growing population, according to a recent report about creating dense urban development. To make sure this growth is sustainable, California enacted Senate Bill ...
Event Wrap-Up: Online Engagement for Sustainable Urban Mobility
Event Wrap-Up: Online Engagement for Sustainable Urban Mobility
On June 15, EMBARQ – The World Resources Institute Center for Sustainable Transport (the producer of this blog) hosted 50 D.C. city officials, planners, transport practitioners, technologists, social media mavens and urban advocates for a discussion about online engagement for ...
Walking and Cycling in America: Restoring “Forgotten” Modes of Transport
Americans are walking and cycling much more than we were 20 years ago. Graphic via Fastlane.dot.gov
Hurray! Yesterday brought great news for sustainable transportation advocates. On June 16, the Federal Highway Administration released its National Biking and Walking Study, analyzing trends in transportation over the past 20 years. Turns out, there is more federal funding for ...
Two-Wheel Revolution: Bikesharing Takes Off
B-cycle's signature red bikes each have a basket to ease transporting things during a commute or shopping trip. Image via news.cnet.com.
In 2005,  with the launch of Vélo’v in Lyon, a global bikesharing movement began. By 2007, Paris began a similar bike-share with 10,000 bikes, and quickly doubled that number due to high demand. That same year, Barcelona initiated its bike-share system, Bicing, with ...
Spotlight on the World Cup: Transit in Durban and Pretoria
How will three million World Cup fans get around? Photo via FIFA.
After the official kick-off, we’re back to follow up on our series about how soccer can help sustainable transportation. A week and a half ago we highlighted World Cup-inspired mass transit improvements in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Port Elizabeth. South ...