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Friday Fun: New Bike Infrastructure Projects from Hong Kong, Germany and Kuala Lumpur
Friday Fun: New Bike Infrastructure Projects from Hong Kong, Germany and Kuala Lumpur
The benefits of cycling—both for cities and people—are well known. For individuals, cycling can be an efficient, safe and cheap form of mobility as well as a good source of physical activity, helping to reduce obesity and other health risks. ...
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New Research Shows How BRT Ridership Is Making Bogota a Healthier City
TransMilenio BRT in Bogotá, Colombia. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brazil.
Physical inactivity is one of the ten leading risk factors for death worldwide. Approximately 5.3 million people die prematurely every year due to cardiovascular diseases, breast and colon cancer and diabetes and other illnesses associated with sedentary lifestyles. According to The ...
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Targeting Customers’ Needs to Improve Building Efficiency in Milwaukee
Targeting Customers’ Needs to Improve Building Efficiency in Milwaukee
For some building owners, renovations—including retrofitting heating, cooling, and lighting systems—can be a way to attract tenants. For homeowners, improving insulation can make for more comfortable as well as energy efficient homes. For industry, more efficient equipment means expanding production ...
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Lima’s Villa El Salvador: A Story of Structured Informal Development
Lima’s Villa El Salvador: A Story of Structured Informal Development
Although Lima’s Villa El Salvador neighborhood was just a dusty plain called the Tablada de Lurín in 1971, it would soon become home to some of the city’s poorest residents. At the time, there were no electricity lines, no wells, ...
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Friday Fun: Two Innovators Helping to Improve Recycling in China
Friday Fun: Two Innovators Helping to Improve Recycling in China
From air pollution to intense traffic congestion, China faces an array of environmental and resource challenges, many of which are a result of its urbanization and development over the past few decades. In Beijing—as across most of the country—concerns over ...
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In China and Beyond, Action Plans Provide a Path for Improving Building Efficiency
In China and Beyond, Action Plans Provide a Path for Improving Building Efficiency
On February 23 the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched the Energy Efficiency in Buildings laboratory (EEB Lab) in Shanghai. In a city where 18.4 percent of emissions come from buildings, the EEB Lab is engaging local stakeholders ...
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New Data Shows São Paulo’s Carfree Movement Reduces Air and Noise Pollution
New Data Shows São Paulo's Carfree Movement Reduces Air and Noise Pollution
Major changes in thinking never happen easily. Projects that change established structures and routines typically encounter significant resistance along the way. Changing entrenched thinking, therefore, often requires finding ways to demonstrate the positive impacts of change. Paulista Aberta is one ...
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4 Keys to Unlock Innovative Urban Services for All
4 Keys to Unlock Innovative Urban Services for All
With rising air pollution to costly traffic congestion and increasingly burdened public finances, cities need to transition onto a sustainable path towards healthy, productive and equitable urban communities. To thrive in the coming urban century, cities will need to innovate ...
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Rod King: Lower Speeds Change How We Use Our Streets—for the Better
Rod King: Lower Speeds Change How We Use Our Streets—for the Better
More than 15 million people in the UK live in areas that have already adopted or are currently adopting speed limits. This data comes from the 20’s Plenty for Us, an organization in the UK dedicated to lowering speed limits ...
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Todd Litman on the Costs of Congestion, the Drivers of Sprawl and Policies for Smarter Growth
Demystifying Transport Demand Management (TDM)
How can we tackle the challenge of traffic congestion? What is driving urban sprawl? How does public transportation relate to issues of equity? In the following interview, TheCityFix sat down with Todd Litman, Founder and Executive Director of the Victoria ...