Memories of Ciclovía, dreams for Raahgiri Day
Young residents of Bogotá, Colombia, enjoy a rainy Ciclovía. Today, Dario Hidalgo - a Colombian native - shares his memories of Ciclovía as a child and recent experience at Raahgiri Day in Gurgaon, India. Photo by Claudio Olivares Medina/Flickr.
Darío Hidalgo is EMBARQ’s Director for Research and Practice, a transport expert, and Colombian native who grew up participating in Ciclovía in Bogotá. Today, Hidalgo shares his memories of Ciclovía and recent experience at Raahgiri Day in Gurgaon, India. Certain moments make me ...
A strategy for cities: Pedro Ortiz on the age of the metropolis
Nairobi, Kenya (pictured above), is one of the cities in the developing world where Pedro B. Ortiz is working with The World Bank to implement his Metro-Matrix Method to urban planning. Photo by Victoria Hickman/Engineering at Cambridge.
“We are made of hopes and we are made of dreams. That’s why people go to cities.” There are 600 cities worldwide with over one million inhabitants. Many are growing at a very fast rate, by anywhere between four to ...
Challenges and opportunities come with Turkey’s urban boom
Young women ride the tram in Antalya, Turkey. Antalya is one of Turkey's second tier cities that currently faces the significant challenges of rapid urbanization and escalating rates of private motorization. Photo by Melissa Maples/Flickr.
Turkey’s urban population has grown from 25% of its total population in the 1950s to 77% today – a figure well above its global counterpart of 52%. In a little more than half a century, rapid urbanization has transformed the ...
Friday Fun: Vote for the Audi Urban Future Award!
Audi has been seeking standout solutions for the future of urban mobility, and you can help choose the U.S. representative to the challenge. Photo by Tommy Vohs/Flickr.
By 2050, two thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. To prepare for this unprecedented growth in the global urban population, Audi has been seeking standout solutions for future mobility in metropolitan regions – and you can help ...
On the move: Car-sharing scales up
An electric, shared vehicle from Paris, France's, Autolib' car-sharing service charges at a docking station. While still primarily concentrated in North America and Europe, car-sharing is steadily becoming an increasingly globalized industry. Photo by Cokul/Flickr.
This is the seventh 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 Corporation. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the authors. ...
Friday Fun: 100 in 1 day highlights the power of active citizenship
On October 5, 2013, 100 en 1 jour (100 in 1 day) took place in Montréal, Canada. Above, Montréal residents pitch in to build an urban community garden. Photo by Bruno VITASSE/Flickr.
From Bogotá, Colombia to Cape Town, South Africa and Kaluga, Russia, the 100 en 1 día (100 in 1 day) movement is making an impact on urban streetscapes worldwide. A “global social movement for citizen-driven change,” the movement is a ...
Happy holidays from TheCityFix!
Santa waves from Chicago's annual "Santa Train." Photo by Boqiang Liao/Flickr.
Happy holidays, readers! 2013 is drawing to a close, and while many of us are celebrating Christmas today, or maybe just enjoying a day off of work – our team wanted to take a moment to wish you a warm ...
Reinventing Chennai’s auto-rickshaws
An auto-rickshaw carries young passengers in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Chennai's auto-rickshaw sector has undergone many recent improvements, yet fleet service implementation should be considered as a means to ensure high-quality service for passengers. Photo by Kamakshi Sachidanandam/Flickr.
Chennai – the capital city of Tamil Nadu in southeastern India – recently implemented new fare regulations in its auto-rickshaw sector for the first time since 2007. In 2010, the Tamil Nadu government lifted a freeze on issuing permits, which ...
The bike-share report: Hard times and hope for the future
Shared bicycles represent the wide range of bike-share systems around the world, many of which are currently facing challenges in terms of operation and ridership. Photo courtesy of Melbourne Bike Share.
The Bike-share Report is a new blog series on bike-sharing, exclusive to TheCityFix, from Peter Midgley – the former Urban Mobility Theme Champion for the global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP) with 25 years of experience at The World Bank. The ...
Raahgiri Day spotlights non-motorized mobility in India
The first ever Raahgiri Day took place in Gurgaon, India on November 17, 2013. Photo courtesy of Raahgiri Day organizers.
This post follows up on TheCityFix’s article that announced the launch of Raahgiri Day last month. On a cold winter morning on November 17, 2013, over 10,000 residents of Gurgaon, India, poured onto the streets to celebrate their city. Raahgiri ...