The Lotação lesson: Porto Alegre’s local transport solution
People walk around the Estacao Mercado, a central transport hub in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Here locataos, or share-taxis, offer residents diverse transport options. Photo by Eduardo Zarate/Flickr.
A sleek, air-conditioned vehicle picks you up at your front door. The seats recline for your comfort. You pull a shade across the window to block the sun’s glare while catching up on your favourite show, which you stream on ...
Sustainable Cities: From a Vision to Reality
Boats anchored in a harbor outside of Qingdao, China. China's rapidly increasing population forces cities to reconcile growth with sustainability priorities. Photo by Li-Cah/Wikimedia.
The C40 Cities Mayors Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa kicks off today. It’s the fifth biennial meeting of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a collection of mayors from cities around the world committed to advancing urban solutions to climate ...
Friday Fun: Photographer captures spirit of integrated transport
Tommy Vohs is a locomotive engineer and photographer whose iPhoneography captures the spirit of integrated transport through creative double exposures. Photo by Tommy Vohs/Flickr. All Rights Reserved.
I spend a lot of time searching for photos on Flickr. As the Managing Editor of TheCityFix, it’s my job to find photos that fit our content, reflect the human component of our work, and are dynamic, colorful, interactive, transformational, ...
Two steps forward, one step back: Google Transit launches in Porto Alegre, Brazil
Streetscape in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Google Transit, a web-based transport app that recently became available in Porto Alegre, still faces many challenges. Photo by Marcelo Druck/Flickr.
Google Transit has come to the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre. Google Transit’s introduction to developing cities like Porto Alegre provides enormous potential benefits to urban residents by allowing them to plot a course from one location to another ...
Lessons in promoting bicycle use: The case of the Netherlands
A woman bikes in one of Amsterdam's bicycle lanes. The dominance of bike lanes in the city has been the result of community activism and human-centered policy decisions.
Darío Hidalgo is EMBARQ’s Director for Research and Practice, with over twenty years of experience as a transport expert, consultant, and government official. Hidalgo is a Colombian native who grew up participating in Ciclovía in Bogotá, and a frequent contributor to TheCityFix. In 1998, ...
From traffic flow to pedestrian access: Shifting Mumbai’s parking policy
Pedestrians passing across a congested road in Mumbai, India, highlights a growing question---will India's cities be built for people or cars? Photo by Jerry H/Flickr.
In a recent study, the International Energy Agency (IEA) projected that the area required for parking in India if motorization trends continue as they are today will reach between 10,000 and 20,000 square kilometers (3,861 to 7,722 square miles) by ...
New global campaign aims to deliver sustainable transport to world’s cities
Passengers disembark from a train in Tianjin, China. A new global campaign is seeking to better integrate sustainable mobility solutions like mass transport into policy discussions on development and climate change. Photo by Yang Aijun/WorldBank/Flickr. Cropped.
Human society has a lot riding on the transport sector. Safe, efficient, and sustainable transport not only has the potential to enhance or degrade the public spaces, health, and economic dynamism of where the majority of humanity lives – in ...
Show off your skills – and your streets – with the ‘Open Streets’ Video Contest
Bikers pedal along a path in the Forests of Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Public spaces provide a valuable place where disparate groups of people mix to create strong, communal bonds. Photo by Claudio Olivares Medina/Flickr.
Each Sunday streets across cities in the Americas are blocked off to all motorized vehicles. In the absence of cars from their normal ecosystems, new patterns of public interaction emerge in these public spaces. Instead of automobiles, people appear: runners, ...
On the move: The future of multimodal integration
Passengers enter the TransOeste BRT in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TransOeste is one of many mass transport systems worldwide that has embraced fare integration, a critical component of multimodal integration. Photo by Benoit Colin/EMBARQ.
This is the ninth post of the “Sustainable Urban Transport On The Move” blog series, exclusive to TheCityFix. Preparation of this series was possible thanks to a grant by Shell Corporation. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the authors. ...
Then and now: Film clip captures San Francisco’s urban transformation
Two cyclists on Market Street in San Francisco, California. Market Street's transformation over the last century reveals the central role transport planning has played in urban development. Photo by Sergio Ruiz/Flickr.
100 years ago, two out of 10 people lived in cities. Today, that figure has risen to five out of 10. As a result, urban landscapes and development have changed considerably over the past century. Two film clips shot on ...