China’s challenge: Designing socially inclusive cities
Dancers gather in Shenzhen, China's Futon Cheng square. Dancing in public spaces is a popular pastime in China, particularly among seniors, but it has sparked recent controversies and highlighted the country's challenge of designing socially inclusive cities. Photo by dcmaster/Flickr.
China’s Guangchangwu – loosely translated as “square dancing” – gathers large groups of people for dancing in public squares, on street corners, and in parks. Although a popular pastime among retired and senior members of society, Guangchangwu is not typically ...
Beijing says “no” to vehicle ownership growth
Beijing, China’s vehicle fleet currently totals about 5.4 million, ranking it first in motorization of any Chinese city. On November 28, Beijing’s municipal government announced it will further constrict its vehicle quota control starting in 2014, but vehicle ownership restriction alone isn't enough to mitigate the city’s severe air pollution and traffic congestion. Photo by Malingering/Flickr.
Beijing has launched an effort to tighten up its vehicle quota control regulation and further curb air pollution and traffic congestion in China’s capital city. Echoing the city’s recent “Clean Air Action Plan (2013-2017),” an amendment to the car ownership ...
On the move: The swift, global expansion of bicycle-sharing schemes
Barcelona, Spain's bicycle sharing system, Bicing. Bicycle sharing schemes have experienced a rapid global expansion throughout the past decade, likely outpacing growth in every other mode of urban transport. Photo by IluriPhoto/Flickr.
Peter Midgley joins us as this week’s author for the “Sustainable Urban Transport On The Move” series. We invited Peter to share his vast knowledge on bicycle sharing gained through his experience tracking the growth of bicycle sharing systems since ...
Visualize and explore Bus Rapid Transit with this revamped data portal
Every day, over 29.5 million people ride a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) or busway system globally. BRTdata.org is the most comprehensive, public database of BRT systems around the world, which is launching new visualization tools today. Photo by EMBARQ Brazil.
Every single day, nearly 30.9 million people ride Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) or busways system globally. That’s more people than the entire population of Ghana or the state of Texas. 19.5 million (63.3%) of these passengers are located in Latin ...
Four things to be thankful for about sustainable urban mobility
A young boy on a bus in India. Today is Thanksgiving - an American holiday of giving thanks - and there's a lot of good news in the transport sector to be thankful for across the globe. Photo by Rob de Wit/Flickr.
Happy Thanksgiving, TheCityFix readers! Even if you’re not celebrating today’s American holiday of giving thanks and feasting, here are four things we can all be thankful for: 1. Urban mobility is a global priority. This year’s theme for UN-HABITAT’s annual Global Report ...
Friday Fun: Awesome infographics show benefits of sustainable transport
A family travels by train in Germany. There are many co-benefits to sustainable transport, including ditching the stress of family road trips. Photo by Edo Medicks/Flickr.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So what about an infographic? Information graphics, or infographics, recently emerged as a highly popular and effective medium for visualizing and sharing information. According to visual.ly, a website that helps users ...
Saving lives with sustainable transport
Traffic safety is an often-overlooked benefit of sustainable transport. New research from EMBARQ shows that investments in sustainable transport projects like Mexico City's Metrobús (pictured) can reduce traffic crashes and save lives. Photo by EMBARQ Mexico.
Sustainable transport initiatives have gained traction in recent years in developing world cities. This trend can be seen in the growth in Bus Rapid Transit and Busway systems around the world, the new bike-sharing scheme in Mexico City, or the ...
Opinion: Bogotá’s vision for public transport hangs in the balance
A crowd of passengers boards the TransMilenio BRT in Bogotá, Colombia. Despite new, larger buses operating within the TransMilenio system, Bogotá still faces significant challenges to providing sustainable urban mobility options for its urban residents. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brazil.
“Optimism is undermined by the amount of work required for full implementation.” Before withdrawing his nomination as Bogotá’s ombudsman in December 2011, Paul Bromberg recommended that the incoming administration “joyfully receive the public transport system of Bogotá (Sistema de Transporte ...
Friday Fun: Brighten up the road in the name of bike safety
Friday Fun: Brighten up the road in the name of bike safety
It’s no secret that visibility is critical to bike safety, especially under dark nighttime skies. To help ensure that cyclists can be easily spotted by motorists in crowded streets, Wouter Walmink, Alan Chatham and Floyd Mueller of RMIT University in ...
Can this Santiago Metro innovation end gridlocked platforms once and for all?
A crowd of passengers attempts to exit a metro station in São Paulo, Brazil. A new innovation from the Santiago Metro may help decrease platform gridlock for passengers like these, making public transport a more attractive alternative to private vehicles. Photo by Fernando Stankuns/Flickr.
Imagine you’re riding in a crowded metro car. It’s so full you weren’t able to get a seat, so you do all you can to stay upright as the train lurches between stations. As your stop approaches, you wonder how ...