Friday Fun: Three cities’ pedestrian-friendly skyways, in photos
Skyways, like the one pictured here in Hong Kong, can be an integrated, accessible, and safe option for cities in need of more pedestrian-friendly infrastructure. Photo by See-ming Lee/Flickr.
The rapid increase in car ownership in cities worldwide has brought conflicts between pedestrians and cars to center stage. Complete streets that accommodate all users not just are ideal in design, but have actually been successfully implemented in cities like ...
Why smart growth cities are safer, healthier, and wealthier
A new report from the New Climate Economy project examines the choice that rapidly developing cities like Ahmedabad have between a future of costly sprawl and a future of smart, connected growth. Photo by Meena Kadri/Flickr.
Developing countries are projected to gain 2.2 billion new urban residents between now and 2050. Governments and city leaders have a choice: they can develop cities that are sprawled and auto-dependent, or they can develop cities that are connected, compact, ...
Four inspirations for sustainable transport from Rio
Residents of Rio de Janeiro—cariocas—are enjoying new transport options that connect them to employment, education, and leisure opportunities. Pictured here, three women take the city's TransOeste BRT to go to school. Photo by Benoit Colin/WRI.
Known for its beautiful natural landscapes, Christ the Redeemer statue, and Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro is an iconic city. Citizens’ ability to access these and local opportunities, though, has been limited in the past due to increased reliance on ...
Why are the two most sustainable forms of transport missing from the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
Many cities in India, including Ahmedabad, have high rates of active transport. Including walking and bicycling in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognizes the role of active transport in creating sustainable, healthy cities. Photo by Meena Kadri/Flickr.
Walking and cycling may be the two most basic modes of transport, but they may also be the most promising for a sustainable future. In a car-filled world, it’s the people who use their own two feet or two wheels that ...
$150 million to transform sustainable public transport in Mexico City
With the new investment to modernize and expand MetroBus, Mexico City is making high-quality sustainable mobility a reality for its residents. Photo by Tais Policanti/EMBARQ.
With a metropolitan population of more than 21 million people—and growing quickly—Mexico City faces distinct challenges in delivering sustainable urban mobility. Whether to combat a long history of urban sprawl or to meet the mobility needs of different communities, the city has had ...
Pricing congestion to invest in sustainable transport: lessons from London
London’s successes with congestion pricing demonstrates how such policies can be a powerful tool for curbing traffic, encouraging walking and cycling, and raising revenue to support public transit. Photo by mariordo59/Flickr.
In 2003, London adopted a program of congestion pricing that now places a roughly $17 (£11.50) daily fee on motor vehicles entering central London. The effort was expected to reduce car traffic, air pollution, and emissions in the area, and ...
Three ways São Paulo’s companies helped curb traffic congestion
As a part of the São Paulo’s transport demand management (TDM) strategy, the city is partnering with private companies to reduce the number of cars on the road, making streets more people-oriented. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.
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. ...
Friday Fun: A global green thumbs-up for urban gardens
As urban agriculture becomes an increasingly important issue for cities like Udaipur, India, community gardens can be one tool for securing residents’ access to food. Photo by Didi/Flickr.
In the northern hemisphere, the days are growing longer and warmer, signaling the first day of spring. For many, it’s time to start sowing seeds, and for those in cities, it’s time to dig into community gardens. According to the ...
How the built environment influences who rides bus rapid transit
Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems, like Bogotá’s TransMilenio, experience greater levels of ridership if their stations are located in urban environments that are dense, compact, and connected to mixed-use areas and public spaces. Photo by City Clock Magazine/Flickr.
There are currently 190 cities in the world using bus rapid transit (BRT) systems to serve the mobility needs of more than 31 million daily passengers. The BRT boom over the past 15 years has been a significant step toward ...
How smart regulations can improve public transport in Brazilian cities
Local governments and private bus operators can work together to improve public transit services and increase productivity. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.
Over the past few years, demand for buses has been declining in major Brazilian cities. How should city and transport leaders respond to this alarming trend? One possible solution is to improve the quality and productivity of bus service. To achieve this, smart ...