On the move: The global rise of mass transit
Current global trends indicate a resurgence of mass transit in developed countries, and a rapid expansion of bus rapid transit (BRT) and metro systems in developing countries. High quality mass transit is essential for enhancing the economic, social, and environmental health of cities. Photo by Tommy Vohs.
This is the sixth 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. As ...
Defining a #livablecity in Turkey and beyond
Istanbul, Turkey is the host city of the Livable Cities Symposium, which will be held on Wednesday, November 20. The main goal of the Symposium is for experts and stakeholders in sustainable urban development to identify and define the key components of a livable city. Photo by Marco.
How livable is the city you live in? What should a livable city look like? How do we improve quality of life for urban residents? On Wednesday, November 20, the Livable Cities Symposium in Istanbul, Turkey will explore these questions ...
Gurgaon launches India’s first car-free Sunday
Gurgaon, India will launch Raahgiri Day on Sunday, November 17 – a recurring event that will turn a major city road into a car-free zone every Sunday, where citizens can participate in community or recreational activities. Photo by pastalane.
“High-quality public pedestrian space is evidence of a true democracy at work” – Enrique Penalosa, Former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia Starting on November 17, an entire street in Gurgaon, India will be transformed into a car-free zone every Sunday where ...
Call for applications: Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship
The Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency is awarded annually to up to two extraordinary candidates to honor the legacy of Dr. Leon J. Schipper, pictured above, co-founder of EMBARQ. Photo by EMBARQ.
Editor’s note: the deadline for expressions of interest has been extended to January 3, 2014. See here for details.  Applications are now open for the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency. Provided jointly by the ...
Less is more: BRT and metro avoid expansion of road infrastructure
In Bangalore, India, road expansion was required due to the absence of high quality public transport. Other cities might avoid this fate by including a consideration of the “supply increase” concept in the baseline assessment of transport projects. Photo by Sudhir Gota.
In the realm of conducting transport economic and environmental assessments, the option of “doing nothing,” or “no project/investment,” is considered as the baseline for all projects. A baseline is a reference pathway against which the impact of a project is ...
Why developing countries need sustainable transport: Q&A with Dr. V. Setty Pendakur, Part I
A crowded street in New Delhi, India, demonstrates the need for sustainable transport solutions in many developing countries. Dr. V. Setty Pendakur is the Founding Chair of the Transportation in the Developing Countries Committee at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) - the foremost research body promoting innovation and progress in transportation. Photo by Rob de Wit.
Here at TheCityFix, we emphasize the importance of sustainable urban transport and improved urban development every day. Recently, I had the immense pleasure of speaking with an esteemed individual who reminded me, very articulately, why sustainable transport is so crucial ...
Friday Fun: Squat your way to metro tickets in Moscow
For one month, passengers have the opportunity to earn free tickets to the Moscow Metro through an unconventional means: by doing squats. The promotion is an effort sponsored by the Russian Olympic Committee to encourage a healthy lifestyle ahead of the February 2014 Olympic Games. Photo by Simon Bisson.
Many cities are working to encourage healthier habits among their urban residents, but none have gone so far as Moscow, Russia, did last week. For one month, Muscovites can now purchase metro tickets through an unconventional means: by doing squats. ...
Beijing’s parking woes: Is there any end in sight?
Beijing’s motor vehicle ownership has reached 5.4 million, ranking it first out of all Chinese cities in motorization. To combat parking shortages, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport recently announced the addition of over 13,000 parking spaces to the city’s center – but that might not be an optimal solution. Photo by Leo Fung.
What do the time-honored hutong – quintessential narrow alleys of Beijing that date back to the Qing dynasty – and danwei – organized work and housing complexes from the pre-1979 era –have in common? Apart from the fact that neither ...
Transport NAMA Database: Sharing the work of developing countries and technical experts
80% of the growth in transport emissions by 2050 is expected to come from developing countries. In order to curb this growth, Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) can be implemented to support mitigation efforts. The upcoming Transport NAMA Database will catalog all transport related NAMAs. Photo by Yukun Chen.
Transport currently accounts for nearly 20% of global energy use and related CO2 emissions, approximately 40% of which are emitted from urban transport. Transport emissions are expected to increase by 57% worldwide from 1990 levels by 2030 and more than ...
Friday Fun: Song and dance transcend the ordinary on public transport
A singer performs in the Chicago subway. Song and dance are no strangers to public transit around the world, and they have the power to transform public spaces frequented by urban residents every day. Photo by Joseph Mietus.
“Some sociologists say that modern modes of transport annihilate space and time and generate a permanent fright in travelers…we did our best in making one of those daily trips have a meaning beyond its origin and destination.” Those are the ...