Transport takes center stage at Asia Low Emission Development Strategies Forum in Manila
The transport sector is the fastest growing major contributor to global climate change. In an effort to address climate change in Asia, the Asia Low Emissions Development Strategy Global Partnership (LEDS GP) 2013 Forum was held during the first week of October 2013 in Manila, Philippines, where transport took the center stage. Photo by James Manners.
The transport sector is the fastest growing major contributor to global climate change – it accounts for 23% of energy related CO2 emissions. In Asia, CO2 emissions are expected to experience a three- to five-fold increase by 2030 compared to ...
Is crowdsourcing the next revolution in urban accessibility?
Accessible Route (Rota Acessível), a new smartphone app in Brazil, allows users to report accessibility problems they encounter in cities. The app’s creation is an innovative way to identify the main accessibility challenges of Brazil’s urban residents. Photo by Gustavo Gomes.
Urban residents worldwide encounter a myriad of accessibility challenges every day, many of which pose particular challenges to individuals with disabilities. In an effort to identify these daily challenges, a partnership between the Association for Assistance to Disabled Children (AACD) and IBM recently ...
Smart public bikeshare: The wise man’s means of transportation
A passenger navigates Copenhagen’s streets on one of the new “smart bikes”. Gobike, Copenhagen’s new public shared bicycle scheme, is the first bikeshare system to integrate intelligent transport system (ITS) elements into its design. Photo courtesy of Gobike.
Urban mobility systems are made to accommodate current mobility needs, and provide access and opportunities in cities. However, increasing urbanization and motorization – occurring primarily in developing countries – are contributing to a growing global challenge for transport planners and ...
Open response to the editorial in Estado de São Paulo newspaper
In order to successfully address urban mobility in Sao Paulo, the issue cannot be framed as a polarity of cars versus public transport. In reality, it is far more complex: 38.42% of daily trips in the city are made by public transport, 30.78% by cars and motorcycles, and 30.80% by non-motorized modes of transport, like biking and walking. Photo by Fernando Stankuns.
It’s a pity that one of the biggest newspapers in Brazil, the State of São Paulo (Estado de São Paulo) dedicated its editorial on October 10 to reducing debate on the important issue of mobility in the city of São ...
Friday Fun: Urbanism according to Blade Runner
The 1982 film Blade Runner sparked an interesting dialogue on urban planning and the future of our cities, which is still relevant today. Photo courtesy of Blade Runner film.
It’s not every day that Harrison Ford features in discussions about urban planning, but for the second time on TheCityFix, Han Solo née Indiana Jones née Rick Deckard is at the center of futuristic visions for urban design. Ford plays ...
Street food and urban mobility thrive together in Seoul
Seoul, South Korea's pojangmacha are an example of street food done right. These "take-away carts" provide a useful example of how an active street culture and urban mobility can thrive together. Photo by Daniel Kriske.
Walk down any major street in Seoul, South Korea, after dark and you’re more than likely to find carts with distinctive colorful awnings lining the sidewalk. The wafting steam and smells lure customers in, creating an inviting atmosphere where college ...
Friday Fun: A boost from your bike
A bicyclist cruises using the new Copenhagen Wheel. This design, a project of the MIT SENSEable City Lab and distributed by Superpedestrian, replaces the rear wheel of a bicycle with a battery-powered motor, transforming an ordinary bicycle into a hybrid e-bike. Photo by Max Tomasinelli.
Have you ever wished your bicycle could give you a boost while biking uphill or riding long distances? Thanks to the new Copenhagen Wheel from Superpedestrian, a start-up company based in Boston, bikes will be able to do just that ...
On the move: Pushing sustainable transport from concept to tipping point
Passengers wait to board an arriving train. Many emerging concepts in sustainable transport are on the rise today that show potential to be adopted by a wide range of cities in the near future. This evidence prompted us to investigate the proverbial "tipping point" in sustainable urban mobility. Photo by linuscheng07.
This is the third 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. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the authors. In ...
Dario Hidalgo shares shining examples of integrated transport, with Robin King
The Green Corridor of Cali, Colombia aims to redevelop an old unused railroad into a sustainable mobility corridor. The project is one of the shining examples of integrated transport shared with us by Dario Hidalgo. Image courtesy of Juan Yunda.
On October 7 – two weeks ago today – TheCityFix reported on UN World Habitat Day and the release of the 2013 Global Report on Human Settlements. Now that the report has been out for a while, we’re following up ...
Smart urban design for India’s sustainable future
India faces a choice: It could either continue to build increasingly sprawling and inefficient cities or embrace well-designed and people-focused models. Photo by Padmanaba01.
Indore’s new Bus Rapid Transit system, the iBus, recently completed a successful run of a hundred days. This system is not just a first in the city, but also in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The iBus spans an 11.4-kilometer ...