Subsidizing Congestion? India’s Current Fiscal Policy for Public Buses and Private Vehicles
Photo by Adam Cohn / Flickr
Revenue generated from taxation allows governments to invest in infrastructure and resources that allow for the delivery of essential services. Broadly speaking, these investments are expected to work towards improving the quality of life for the country’s citizens. However, India’s ...
Overcoming the Knowledge Gaps for Transit-Oriented Development: What’s Lacking?
Transit-oriented development can bring economic, cultural and societal benefits to urban residents. Photo by Bradley Schroeder / Flickr
With an increase in their rate of urbanization, many low- to middle-income countries are feeling additional demand for services, amenities and infrastructure. To address this, several cities have followed unorganized development practices (like building bigger and faster), only to meet ...
From Waste to Watts: How Sewage Could Help Fix India’s Water, Energy and Sanitation Woes
Water-intensive agriculture, rapid urban expansion, increases in industrial activity and growing energy production are driving India’s water demand upward. Photo by Samuel Benoit/Flickr
As India’s summer intensifies, many states are already in the midst of a drought—and the hottest days have yet to arrive. At the same time, water-intensive agriculture, rapid urban expansion, increases in industrial activity and growing energy production are driving ...
Swapping Parking Spots for Bike Lots Can Transform India’s Cities
Reclaiming Parking Spots for Bikes in Gurugram, India. Photo by Amit Bhatt
One city in India is swapping its cars for bikes. WRI India and Nagarro Software, in partnership with Udaan NGO and NASSCOM Foundation, recently launched the Seeds for Change project in Gurugram, India, reclaiming four car parking spots to make ...
Why it is Key to Include Gender Equality in Transport Design
A Women Travels by Bus in India. Photo by Benoit Colin/EMBARQ/Flickr
A 1996 iconic study from Vienna, Austria explored why there were fewer girls (above age nine) in public parks as compared to the number of boys. The researchers concluded that the boys were more assertive in their use of the ...
Unaffordability Is a Problem, but Sprawl Is a Terrible Solution
While housing costs may be down, urban sprawl does not make cities more affordable. Photo by Kasper Christensen / Flickr
Many hard-working families spend more than they can afford on housing and transportation, leaving them with insufficient money to spend on other essential goods such as food and healthcare. This is a tragedy. It results, in part, from public policies ...
The Urban Transport Crisis in Emerging Economies
Medellin, Colombia integrates transport infrastructure to solve its transit challenges. Metroplús/WRI/Flickr
Developing cities worldwide face a severe and worsening transport crisis. A new book, “The Urban Transport Crisis in Emerging Economies,” reports that urban transport problems are following a perverse pattern: While education and healthcare tend to improve as developing cities ...
With Mobile App Rewards for Cycling and Walking, Would You Continue to Drive?
Biking in Odense, Denmark. Photo by Rhys Thom / Flickr
Modern technology has revolutionized the way people interact with urban mobility and their cities. People’s movements have become inextricably linked with technology, in particular their smartphones. Today’s technology can call a car service, track your movement, alert you when the ...
The “Superblocks” of Barcelona: Despite Protests, City Follows with Sustainable Strategy
Barcelona's Superblocks from above. Photo by Lucy / Flickr
In 2016, Barcelona launched superblocks, an innovative strategy to combat air pollution caused by vehicle traffic in the city. The sustainable tactic was detailed in Barcelona’s Mobility Plan, which aims to reduce traffic by 21 percent. Additionally, it says that ...
Car-free Day Continues to Steer Bogotá Away from Cars
Crowded cycle lanes on Car-free Day in Bogotá. Photo by Diego Bauman / Bogota City Hall
For 18 years, Bogotá, Colombia, has shown that a large city can survive without cars. In 2000, Mayor Enrique Peñalosa—currently in his second term—implemented Car-free Day. This initiative, which residents approved by referendum, takes place on the first Thursday of ...