Friday Fun: Using Open Data to Visualize Public Transport, in Videos
Open data can help the private sector develop powerful visualizations of how public transit works. Photo by kris krüg/Flickr.
Talk to any data expert, and you’ll probably hear about how data is revolutionizing urban transport. Without access to travel information, people are left in the dark when it comes to planning their day—a major inefficiency for any city. For ...
Managing Diversity and Affordability to Make Cities More Livable
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How livable a community is depends on many factors like affordability, health, safety, connectivity, infrastructure and services. As cities around the world grow, urbanization can often threaten a city’s livability by causing land prices and housing costs to rise. Moreover, ...
Friday Fun: Worried About Your Bike Being Stolen? Innovators Are Here to Help
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Transcending borders, bicycles have emerged as an essential transport option for citizens—and they play a significant role in making cities more sustainable. However, concerns about bike theft have held back both public bikeshare schemes and discouraged individual cyclists. As virtually ...
Emerging Trends, Model Cities and Major Challenges: Answering BRT’s Biggest Questions
Photo by WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities
On January 11, 2016 the BRT Center of Excellence launched a new book called “Restructuring Public Transport through Bus Rapid Transit.” The new resource provides researchers, students and decision makers an overview of how cities can effectively implement BRT in ...
Delhi’s Diet Plan
Photo by Joy Banerjee/ Flickr
Kudos to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and all others in the Delhi government responsible for announcing a car-restriction program. It is great to see city leaders realize that private vehicles cannot solve its mobility problem and start a diet programme. ...
Real-Time Transit Data Is Good for People and Cities. What’s Holding This Technology Back?
Residents away a bus in the port city of Saint Denis. Access to real-time information about transit can help reduce waiting times and increase ridership. Photo by Miwok/Flickr.
People with access to real-time transit information have been shown to spend 15 percent less time waiting at bus stops than people without this information. Additionally, a study of Chicago’s bus routes found that access to real-time transit information increased ...
India’s Smart Cities Mission Takes A Forward Step
The city of Bhubaneswar, India scored the highest position in the country's Smart Cities Initiative, with a 78.83 percent evaluation. The city will be competing with other across India to improve quality of life. Photo by Damien Roué/Flickr.
In the last 15 years of my professional career, many concepts around urban development have come and gone, but none have evoked such an excitement as the Narendra Modi government’s proposed 100 Smart Cities initiative, that has a price tag ...
Making Space for Corridors and Ensuring Reliability: Answering BRT’s Biggest Questions
Photo by WRI Brasil Sustainable Cities/ Flickr
On January 11, 2016 the BRT Center of Excellence launched a new book called “Restructuring Public Transport through Bus Rapid Transit.” The new resource provides researchers, students and decision makers an overview of how cities can effectively implement BRT in a variety ...
With a (Not So) New Mayor, Bogotá Refocuses Its Attention on Public Transport
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In his inaugural address on January 1, 2016, Mayor of Bogota Enrique Peñalosa outlined some ambitious goals. In line with the achievements of his first administration, Peñalosa declared his vision to make Bogota a world leader in sustainable mobility with the “best public transport ...
Reframing the Issue of Women’s Safety in Public Transport in Brazil and France
With many women facing harassment and violence in public transport, cities should prioritize women's safety in an inclusive transport planning process. Photo by Benoit Colin/Flickr.
A city cannot be inclusive without ensuring women’s safety in public transport. Women often remain a vulnerable part of the transit users, as many face violence, verbal harassment, physical abuse and discriminatory graffiti messages in stations. For example a third ...