José Viegas, Secretary General of the International Transport Forum, on how to reduce traffic deaths
TheCityFix Brazil caught up with José Viegas, Secretary General of the International Transport Forum (ITF), for an exclusive interview on reducing traffic deaths after his presentation at the 19th Brazilian Congress of Transport and Traffic held in early October. Photo by Fred Inklaar.
Traffic figures in Brazilian cities reflect a real civil war – on average, 109 people die every day and about 1,000 are injured in streets throughout the country. Just this past year, more than 40,000 died and 40 billion dollars were ...
Friday Fun: Halloween’s gotten the sustainable cities bug
This Halloween, there are plenty of transport and urban planning inspired costumes out there - including this group dressed as a New York City subway car. Photo by Gene Han.
In the spirit of Halloween, let’s take a minute to appreciate all of the excellent transport and urban planning inspired Halloween costumes out there. Scouring the web reveals endless possibilities for creative costumes with a message about urban living. From ...
Transport takes center stage at Asia Low Emission Development Strategies Forum in Manila
The transport sector is the fastest growing major contributor to global climate change. In an effort to address climate change in Asia, the Asia Low Emissions Development Strategy Global Partnership (LEDS GP) 2013 Forum was held during the first week of October 2013 in Manila, Philippines, where transport took the center stage. Photo by James Manners.
The transport sector is the fastest growing major contributor to global climate change – it accounts for 23% of energy related CO2 emissions. In Asia, CO2 emissions are expected to experience a three- to five-fold increase by 2030 compared to ...
Is crowdsourcing the next revolution in urban accessibility?
Accessible Route (Rota Acessível), a new smartphone app in Brazil, allows users to report accessibility problems they encounter in cities. The app’s creation is an innovative way to identify the main accessibility challenges of Brazil’s urban residents. Photo by Gustavo Gomes.
Urban residents worldwide encounter a myriad of accessibility challenges every day, many of which pose particular challenges to individuals with disabilities. In an effort to identify these daily challenges, a partnership between the Association for Assistance to Disabled Children (AACD) and IBM recently ...
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 ...
Vancouverism: The prescription for a healthier city?
The International Women’s Forum (Vancouver, Canada, October 16-18) examined the leading trends influencing our lives, communities, and future. Vancouver is so well known for its exemplary urban planning that the term “Vancouverism” is often used by city planners. Photo by Ben Welle.
Three weeks ago I had the pleasure of representing EMBARQ at the International Women’s Forum (IWF) in Vancouver, Canada. The event focused on modern movements shaping the world, including trends influencing our lives, communities, and future. Since urban transport is ...
Students, check out Audi’s Future of Mobility Practicum in Germany
Audi AG is currently accepting applications for a six-week Future of Mobility Practicum at their headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany. The practicum offers 12 students the opportunity to find the next innovative ideas to help solve global problems in transportation and urban living. Photo by Audi AG.
Undergrad or masters’ students in engineering, design, or computer science and U.S. citizens: this one is for you. Since TheCityFix readers are on the front lines of shaping future urban mobility, we wanted to announce an opportunity from Audi AG, ...
Street food and urban mobility thrive together in Seoul
Seoul, South Korea's pojangmacha are an example of street food done right. These "take-away carts" provide a useful example of how an active street culture and urban mobility can thrive together. Photo by Daniel Kriske.
Walk down any major street in Seoul, South Korea, after dark and you’re more than likely to find carts with distinctive colorful awnings lining the sidewalk. The wafting steam and smells lure customers in, creating an inviting atmosphere where college ...
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 ...