TheCityFix Picks, March 26: World Urban Forum, Smart Growth in the U.S., Vending Machines for Cyclists
Vending machines selling emergency bike repair supplies (like this one in Moab, UT) are taking off around the country.  The latest one has opened up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Photo: sbmilagros.
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 ...
Moving through the Recession, Part 5: Are Exurbs Still Declining?
Moving through the Recession, Part 5: Are Exurbs Still Declining?
Earlier this week, the National Association of Realtors announced that sales of previously occupied homes in the United States fell 0.6 percent last month. This drop came after a sharp decrease in December and a more modest one in January. ...
Special Correspondent: The Strategy Behind Banning Motorbikes in Calabar, Nigeria
Special Correspondent: The Strategy Behind Banning Motorbikes in Calabar, Nigeria
In November 2009, the Cross River State government banned the use of commercial motorcycles, or okadas, in Calabar, a city of 300,000 people, located in southeastern Nigeria.  Gab Okulaja, Special Advisor to the Governor of Cross River State and head ...
C’mon N’ Ride It: A Tweetup Test Ride for Johannesburg’s High Speed Rail
C’mon N’ Ride It: A Tweetup Test Ride for Johannesburg’s High Speed Rail
South African transportation officials are taking advantage of social media to build buzz around the new Gautrain Rapid Rail Link being built in the Johannesburg metro region. About 200 Twitter followers and more than 2,700 Facebook fans were invited for ...
Restrictions on Cycle Rickshaws Arbitrary, says Delhi High Court
In a landmark decision last month, the Delhi High Court ruled that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s policy of limiting the number of cycle rickshaws is unconstitutional. This verdict represents a key step in defending the right to the road ...
Let’s Start Our Own Ciclovía!
Let’s Start Our Own Ciclovía!
Greater Greater Washington had an excellent post yesterday morning advocating that D.C. create its own version of New York’s Summer Streets. We at TheCityFix think this is a great idea. To further motivate DDOT to implement this plan, we’re re-circulating ...
The Role of Auto Rickshaws in Modern Indian Cities
How will auto rickshaws (the black-topped vehicles in the center of the roadway) fit into tomorrow's transportation systems in Indian cities?  Photo: jaroslavd.
In recent years, auto rickshaws have been a topic of endless controversy in India. Proponents maintain that they are a vital mode of transport in Indian cities, providing low-cost mobility and connecting travelers to mass transit and even directly to ...
C'mon N' Ride It: A Tweetup Test Ride for Johannesburg’s High Speed Rail
South African transportation officials are taking advantage of social media to build buzz around the new Gautrain Rapid Rail Link being built in the Johannesburg metro region. About 200 Twitter followers and more than 2,700 Facebook fans were invited for ...
More on Ahmedabad’s Janmarg BRT: Accessibility and Signage
After consulting with the Blind Peoples' Association, Ahmedabad's BRT planners incorporated tactile tiles to guide visually impaired users through the stations.  Photo: Prajna Rao.
Last week, Prajna Rao, a transport planner at the Centre for Sustainable Transport in India (a member of the EMBARQ Network, which produces this blog), posted a photographic tour of Ahmedabad’s new bus rapid transit (BRT) system, known as Janmarg. ...
Before You Forget Snowmageddon…
Pedestrians and transit users suffered during this year's snowstorms.  Now's the time to improve the response for next year.  Photo: NCinDC.
Now that spring is almost here, Snowmageddon and Snoverkill – and all the challenges they posed to pedestrians and transit users – are but a distant memory for many. But let’s not let the opportunity to learn from this winter’s ...