From Amsterdam to Beijing: The Global Evolution of Bike Share
Despite being nearly 50 years old, bike share is only recently seeing widespread international growth. However, with better data and improved models, bike share's future looks extremely bright. (Photo: LesHaines / Flickr)
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
BRT Hits 400 Corridors and Systems Worldwide
Bus rapid transit recently hit a landmark in its recent exponential growth, highlighting its success as a new mode of transport. (Photo: Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil)
Last week, bus rapid transit (BRT) reached a global milestone, as the number of mapped BRT corridors and systems in BRTData.org’s database broke 400. As an online resource, BRTData compiles and tracks the development and progress of BRT projects globally. ...
Accelerating Building Efficiency Improvements in Latin America
To decrease energy consumption, cities in Latin America--such as Mexico City--are launching new initiatives to boost the energy efficiency of their buildings. (Photo: Joseph Wingenfeld / Flickr)
Energy efficiency improvements in the building sector can yield significant financial and environmental benefits including reduced energy costs, decreased greenhouse gas emissions, improved occupant health and increased local employment.  However, long standing market and policy barriers stand in the way ...
How Two Community Groups Are Successfully Fostering Bike Culture in Brazil
To create a strong biking culture, organizations in Brazil are creating community bike shops and teaching beginners how to safely bike in dense, urban areas. (Photo: Upslon / Flickr)
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
From Ideas to Implementation: How to Improve Capacity for Better Public Leaders
From Ideas to Implementation: How to Improve Capacity for Better Public Leaders
How do we make cities work for people? As a WRI Helms Fellow on Urban Governance and Sustainable Cities, Maria Antonia Tigre was tasked with answering this question. Through From ideas to implementation: making sustainable cities through governance here on TheCityFix, Maria ...
To Achieve its New Climate Goals, China Must Look to its Buildings
To Achieve its New Climate Goals, China Must Look to its Buildings
China made international news earlier this summer when it announced a new research and development, commercialization and demonstration for low-carbon technologies such as highly efficient heat pumps and energy efficient building envelopes. Doing so will help drive scientific and technological ...
Friday Fun: Three Cities Innovate Solutions for Tackling Water Scarcity
As cities face increasing populations and long periods of drought, urban areas are being forced to innovate new ways to produce clean water. (Photo: David Berkowitz / Flickr. Slightly modified from original)
Today marks the end of World Water Week in Stockholm, where experts from across the globe convene to discuss the world’s water issues. To further explore water stress across the globe, take a look at the interactive maps and resources of Aqueduct, a ...
New Rules of the Road in Mexico City
New Rules of the Road in Mexico City
This week, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera celebrated the Day of the Pedestrian by announcing strong new policies to reduce speed limits and to increase penalties for dangerous driving. In doing so, he ushered in a new era of traffic safety ...
President Obama’s Challenge to Cities: An Opportunity for Global Climate Action
President Obama's recent announcement of new clean energy initiatives is a major opportunity for galvanizing climate action at a global level. Photo by United Nations/Flickr.
Yesterday, the number of US cities pledging to reduce emissions with the Compact of Mayors nearly doubled. With 19 cities in the U.S. already signed onto the Compact—a global coalition of mayors dedicated to climate action—this most recent move brings the ...
Jaime Lerner: Innovating in Brazil and the Future of Urban Transport
Former mayor of Curitiba Jaime Lerner talks about his experience starting new BRT systems and shares what he thinks will be the future of urban transport. (Photo: Columbian Ministry of TIC / Flickr)
Jaime Lerner, a three-term mayor of Curitiba, turned the city into a model for quality public transport. In the 1970s, for example, Lerner created bus priority corridors—a new transport mode that was cheaper than metro but just as effective. Jaime ...