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 ...
New toolkit provides cities with innovative street design guidelines
The National Association of City Transportation Officials' Urban Street Design Guide marks a big step forward in advancing a people-oriented approach to transport policies. Photo by University City District.
Urban streets are getting a makeover. In many cities worldwide, bike share stations have usurped parking for private vehicles. Protected bike lanes are replacing traffic lanes, while the unwieldy, barren intersections of yesteryear are being reinvigorated as vibrant plazas for ...
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 ...
Shared-use Mobility Summit explores future of urban mobility
Bikesharing and carsharing systems were among the innovations in shared urban mobility discussed at this month's Shared-use Mobility Summit in San Francisco. Photo by Richard Masoner.
“The 20th century is a century of general, and the 21st century is a century of sharing.” – Lisa Gansky, author of the Mesh Shared mobility is the cornerstone of the sharing economy, which is spurred by demographic changes, increased ...
Friday Fun: “Two Hoots” campaign rewards good behavior on public transport
One of the target audiences for Transperth's "Two Hoots" campaign are bikers who use public transport. Photo by Sally.
In Perth, Australia, residents are fed up with anti-social and rude behavior on public transport. In an effort to reward riders who care about the comfort of their fellow passengers, Transperth – part of the Western Australia State Government’s Public ...