Personal Rapid Transit in Unexpected Places
Morgantown's PRT, or as some would like to say, "GRT." Photo by Sean Marshall.
Morgantown, West Virginia, home of West Virginia University (WVU),  is a metropolitan area of a bit more than 110,000 residents (add an additional 30,000 to account for the student population.)  It’s hilly, lush and deep in Appalachia, nestled among forested ...
Can Pop Culture Push Sustainable Mobility?
This photo appeared in The New York Times profile of "Mad Men" TV actor Vincent Kartheiser.
Popular culture shapes our lives in countless ways, both directly and subconsciously.  Since Leave It to Beaver, American popular culture has been deeply rooted in car-centered suburbia.  That may be changing. There was a time when being car-less was tantamount ...
From Periphery to Center: Does Bike Redistribution Work?
Photo by The Transport Politic
The Transport Politic‘s Yonah Freemark has been writing recently about the efficiency of bikesharing models that major cities around the world have been adopting. He focuses on the issue of redistribution. Bikesharing systems have opened in cities, such as Denver, Co.; ...
Metro Rail: The Solution for India?
Metro Rail: The Solution for India?
According to Parisar, an environmental organization that works on sustainable development with a focus on urban transport, India is expected to spend 40 billion dollars in metro rail over the next 10 years. The proposed metro rail system for Pune (and ...
TheCityFix Picks, October 1: Sweet Potato Fuel, Traffic from Sprawl, Funny Pedestrian Plazas
A new report from CEOs for Cities ranks Nashville, Tenn. as having the longest peak travel times, largely because of urban sprawl. Photo by debcll.
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 ...
Next Stop? Crowdsourced Bus Shelters
Image of the intersection in Salt Lake City via google maps.
We’ve written about crowdsourcing contests to build a better suburb, choose better bikesharing locations, and design a better car. Now, Next Stop Design, a collaborative project based in Utah, is soliciting ideas and designs from the public to build a ...
Time to Celebrate Walk to School Day!
Students in Oak Park, Ill. take over the sidewalks for 2009 Walk to School Day. Photo by Cinzia Segal.
October is International Walk to School Month, a worldwide effort to promote physical activity and pedestrian safety. And today is 2010 Walk to School Day in the United States, where more than 3,000 schools have already registered their event, ranging from “walking ...
New Report: Cities “Driven Apart” by Sprawl
Highway traffic outside of Chicago.
A new report by CEOs for Cities analyzes transportation in 51 major U.S. cities, with an emphasis on land use patterns and community design, calling into question the highway-oriented industry standard for measuring congestion created by the Texas Transportation Institute’s annual Urban ...
Cities in Focus: New York City
Cities in Focus: New York City
Last week, EMBARQ (the producer of this blog) premiered the latest video in its documentary series, “Cities in Focus: New York City,” a five-minute film that showcases New York City’s recent innovations and successes in developing sustainable transportation options for cyclists, pedestrians ...
Friday Fun: We ♥ Bikes
Friday Fun: We ♥ Bikes
Copenhagen’s tourism office Wonderful Copenhagen (VisitCopenhagen.com) created a new promotional video, “We Love Bikes.” The video promotes the 2011 Road World Championships for bicycle road racing, which will be hosted in Copenhagen.