Walking and Biking Key to Reversing U.S. Childhood Obesity Epidemic
Programs like Safe Routes to School create a constituency for better infrastructure for all. Photo by Transportation for America.
Last Thursday, PolicyLink, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Transportation for America hosted a roundtable, “Keeping Kids Moving,” on how equitable transportation policy can prevent childhood obesity.  These organizations, and the Convergence Partnership, are “compelled by the knowledge that where you ...
Cycle Superhighways Open in London
The cycling routes as they were announced last year. The two red routes were launched today. Image via news.bbc.co.uk.
“No longer will pedal power have to dance and dodge around petrol power – on these routes the bicycle will dominate and that will be clear to all others using them.” – London Mayor Boris Johnson on his “cycling revolution” ...
UNEP: BRT Key to Sustainable Urban Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
Source: ECLAC Environmental Database via UNEP, www.cepal.org/deype/statambiental. Numbers were rounded off because of uncertainties in accounting for total registered vehicles.
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) just released a major report highlighting the importance of bus systems — and bus rapid transit (BRT), in particular — to environmental preservation in Latin America and the Caribbean. The report — “Latin America and ...
Friday Fun: Pelican People
Vienna may be one of the world's most livable cities, but the green men at its pedestrian crossings really leave something to be desired. Photo via spanout.
A few days ago, we published a post about the differences between pelicans, puffins, toucans, hawks, and other animal-themed pedestrian crossings. While we were researching the different crosswalk signals, we couldn’t help but notice how cute some of the little ...
TheCityFix Picks, July 16: Brazilian Bullet Trains, Mooning Amtrak, Toronto Bike Racks
It happens only once a year! Participants flash some flesh at a passing Amtrak train.
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 ...
Bike Share Station Locations Announced
The District Department of Transportation's Bikeshare Proposed Locations. Image via octo.dc.gov/dc/ddot.
The District Department of Transportation has released the preliminary map of bike share locations for the new Capital Bikeshare, set to open this fall with 1,100 bikes at 114 solar-powered stations. The proposed station locations incorporated suggestions registered on DDOT’s ...
Adios, Del Boca Vista! NYC “Kinder and Gentler” for Retirees
New York has added four seconds to the time pedestrians are given to cross intersections as part of an effort to make the city more friendly to the elderly. Photo via NYTimes.
Maybe it’s time for senior Seinfelds to come back from the Del Boca Vista retirement community. In an effort to keep senior citizens — and their pocketbooks — in New York, the city is working to make its streets safer ...
African Bicycle Design Contest: How Do You Redesign an Icon?
African Bicycle Design Contest: How Do You Redesign an Icon?
Cycling out of Poverty (CooP), a nonprofit that supports bicycle projects in developing countries, invites students, designers and other cycling advocates to submit ideas for the African Bicycle Design Contest. The aim is to “design affordable quality bicycles tuned to ...
Highlights from HUD-DOT-EPA Live Chat about Sustainable Communities
Rendering of Detroit's Woodward Transit System light rail, which won federal TIGER grant funding. The Livable Communities Initiative is encouraging reinvestment in aging industrial cities. Image via University of Detroit - Mercy.
Yesterday, the White House Office of Urban Affairs hosted a live-streamed, hour-long Q&A session on the Obama administration’s Sustainable Communities Initiative, featuring: Shelley Poticha, Director for the Office of Sustainable Housing at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Beth ...
Zebras, Puffins, Pelicans or Hawks for Pedestrians?
Walking can be hazardous. But puffin crossings are one way to make pedestrians safer. Photo via webax.it.
The next time you hear your transit geek peers arguing about the merits of puffins versus pelicans, you’ll be able to join in the debate! This post was inspired by a discussion on a sustainable transport listserv about which kind ...