Want a cycling city? Design for traffic safety
The 2015 World Bicycle Forum brought cycling activists and city leaders together from around the world to discuss how we can make our cities safer by design. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.
Two weeks ago, the World Bicycle Forum in Medellín, Colombia brought together more than 4,000 attendees from across the globe to discuss the challenges and opportunities of urban cycling. Many have praised the event for its ability to bring a ...
Bus rapid transit buses win battle with cars in Indore
The experience of Indore, India shows why bus rapid transit (BRT) lanes need to be separate from normal car traffic in order achieve its potential as a fast, efficient mode of transport. Photo by EMBARQ/Flickr.
This article was originally published in the Deccan Herald on February 25, 2015. After five years of construction, Indore opened one of India’s few bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in May 2013. Operations started with a fraction of the total ...
Friday Fun: How tactical urbanism is shaping cities for people, by people
Colorful intersection repair is one example of how citizens are using tactical urbanism to improve cities and make them more human-centered. Photo by Greg Raisman/Flickr.
Like many DIY, post-recession movements that have sprung up in the past few years, tactical urbanism is human-centered and empowering. At its core, it’s about people making the city work for them. Rather than relying on governmental actors, the tactical ...
The data we need to move beyond streets for cars
Rather than making traffic worse, complete streets—like this one in Juiz de Fora, Brazil—facilitate more efficient urban mobility by providing adequate, protected space for all. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.
Too many cities currently evaluate their streets in a way that doesn’t support long-term sustainability. The conventional approach centers exclusively on cars, and how quickly they can move up and down streets. Under this approach, a street receives an “A ...
Six ideas for building cycling culture from the World Bicycle Forum
Six ideas for building cycling culture from the World Bicycle Forum
Last week, over 4,000 people gathered for the fourth World Bicycle Forum. This citizen-driven event was created by bike activists in Porto Alegre, Brazil after a car plowed through a group of bikers at a critical mass event in March ...
Why cities need to address river flooding now
Situated in Thailand’s expansive Chao Phraya river basin, Bangkok is particularly susceptible to urban damage due to river flooding. Photo by Chrisgel Ryan Cruz/Flickr.
Cities contribute 70 percent of the world’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and play an essential role in climate change mitigation. However, since average global temperatures are already rising and the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly palpable around the world, ...
Strategies for sustainable cities: Demystifying transport demand management
With strong transport demand management (TDM) strategies, cities can move beyond auto-dependency towards sustainable, people-oriented mobility. Photo by Dylan Passmore/Flickr.
A century of car-centric urban development has left our cities polluted, congested, and searching for sustainable solutions. Transport Demand Management (TDM) strategies can provide these solutions by combining public policy and private sector innovation to reverse over-reliance on private cars. ...
Four women leaders ‘making it happen’ for sustainable cities
Women worldwide are making our cities more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable places to live. This International Women's Day, salute the women leaders working to transform your city. Photo by New York City DOT/Flickr.
International Women’s Day is on March 8, 2015, and this year’s theme is “Make It Happen.” Nowhere do women make it happen more than they do in cities. In cities all around the world, women are working to improve the ...
Riding São Paulo’s new 24-hour bus into the sunrise
With the launch of its web-based mobile app, São Paulo’s bus system allows late-night bus users to receive real-time information about the city's new 24-hour lines. Photo by Marlise Rodrigues/Flickr.
For São Paulo, the largest city in the southern hemisphere, making sure that residents have access to reliable transport options at all hours of the day is a particularly acute issue given the size and population of the city. Starting ...
Friday Fun: How to create tomorrow’s green cities with today’s garbage
Creative waste management strategies can play a critical role in helping cities improve their energy efficiency and become more sustainable in the long-term. Photo by Emanuele Toscano/Flickr.
Cities around the world face many challenges to their cleanliness and environmental sustainability, including rising greenhouse gas emissions, unsanitary public spaces, foul odors, growing energy demand, low recycling rates, and limited space. Most people wouldn’t think of trash as a ...