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 ...
Mapping the way to safer urban mobility
Powerful mapping technologies like geographic information systems (GIS) provide critical insights into crime patterns, enabling transport authorities and city leaders to make public transit safer for city residents.  Photo by kris krüg/Flickr.
According to a recent Thomson Reuters Foundation study of the world’s 16 largest metropolitan areas, harassment on public transport is a growing problem for cities worldwide. Nearly 60 percent of the 6,555 women surveyed admitted to having been physically harassed. ...
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
Last week’s World Bicycle Forum gave city and transport leaders the opportunity to learn from one another and discuss effective ways to strengthen cycling  culture worldwide. Photo by Claudio Olivares Medina/Flickr.
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 ...
Lahore’s roads to nowhere
Lahore, like many Pakistani cities, is struggling with a trend towards car-centric development that has resulted in intense traffic congestion and air pollution. Photo by Luke X. Martin/Flickr.
Lahore, Pakistan is on a dangerous path toward a future of urban highways, underpasses, and flyovers that will eventually suffocate the city. By prioritizing car-centric infrastructure through new development contracts, the city is making traffic congestion, air pollution, and road ...
Your guide to urban cycling: A Q&A with author Yvonne Bambrick
Free community events, like this Ciclovía in Santiago, Chile, can be an effective option for encouraging more people to get on a bike. Photo by Municipalidad de Santiago/Flickr.
As cities worldwide grow and evolve, so too is the urban landscape changing for cyclists. While congested and chaotic streets still remain a persistent challenge for some cities, many others have recognized the need for robust cycling infrastructure and are ...