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Should we inch or stride towards urban resilience?
Flooding and resilience in Dhaka
Cities in the 21st century face two monumental shifts: growing urban populations and a rapidly changing climate. As the world’s urban population nears five billion, cities will need to build more infrastructure in the first 30 years of this millennium ...
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Pricing congestion to invest in sustainable transport: lessons from London
London and congestion charging
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 ...
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Three ways São Paulo’s companies helped curb traffic congestion
TDM Brazil
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. ...
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Friday Fun: A global green thumbs-up for urban gardens
Global urban gardens
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 ...
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How the built environment influences who rides bus rapid transit
Bogota's BRT - TransMilenio
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 ...
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Friday Fun: Three cities’ pedestrian-friendly skyways, in photos
Hong Kong's Skyway (featured)
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 ...
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Why smart growth cities are safer, healthier, and wealthier
Ahmedabad, India and New Climate Economy report on sprawl
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, ...
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Four inspirations for sustainable transport from Rio
BRT in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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 ...
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Why are the two most sustainable forms of transport missing from the UN Sustainable Development Goals?
Active transport and SDGs
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 ...
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$150 million to transform sustainable public transport in Mexico City
Mexico City announce new Metrobus investment
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 ...