Recent Posts by Ben
Tech Startups Offer New Answers to African Transport Woes. How Can Cities Capitalize?
Tech Startups Offer New Answers to African Transport Woes. How Can Cities Capitalize?
The fundamentals of urban mobility are changing rapidly. Apps like Uber and Lyft are becoming ubiquitous around the world and new modes like electric and shared bicycles and scooters are on the rise. The conversation is increasingly trending toward mobility ...
Cities Are Taxing Ride-Hailing Services Like Uber and Lyft. Is This a Good Thing?
Cities Are Taxing Ride-Hailing Services Like Uber and Lyft. Is This a Good Thing?
With ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft continuing to gain popularity and drawing attention for their impact on congestion and other urban ills, cities from Washington to São Paolo are moving to the seemingly inevitable next step: special taxes. This is unsurprising. ...
From China to Colombia, 5 Cities Making Streets Safer by Design
From China to Colombia, 5 Cities Making Streets Safer by Design
In 2015, the global community committed to halving road deaths and serious injuries by 2020. But city streets are still not safe. More than 3,200 road fatalities occur every day, and this number is expected to increase threefold by 2030, ...
We Know How to Save Millions from Dying on the World’s Roads
We Know How to Save Millions from Dying on the World’s Roads
Fewer than 3 people per 100,000 are killed in road crashes in Sweden every year, less than almost anywhere else in the world. In contrast, it’s 11 per 100,000 in countries like India and the United States. One reason for ...
What Makes a Complete Street? A Brief Guide
What Makes a Complete Street? A Brief Guide
This series, supported by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, discusses walking and cycling in cities with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries. Many cities have streets that make life difficult for pedestrians in ways that are not always ...
How Global Policy Does (and Does Not) Account for Walking and Cycling
How Global Policy Does (and Does Not) Account for Walking and Cycling
This series, supported by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, discusses walking and cycling in cities with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries. Walking and cycling are getting more and more attention in wealthy cities, as ideas about ...
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4 Steps to Promote Safer Speeds that Save Lives
This week is UN Global Road Safety Week, focused on the theme “Slow Down, Save Lives.” WRI works to make cities around the world safer and more sustainable by implementing street design and regulations that reduce vehicle speeds while supporting walking and ...
The Need for Safe Speeds: 4 Surprising Ways Slower Driving Creates Better Cities
The Need for Safe Speeds: 4 Surprising Ways Slower Driving Creates Better Cities
This week is UN Global Road Safety Week, focused on the theme “Slow Down, Save Lives.” WRI works to make cities around the world safer and more sustainable by implementing street design and regulations that reduce vehicle speeds while supporting walking ...
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5 Key Lessons from 10 Cities at Transforming Transportation 2017
In January, at Washington D.C.’s Transforming Transportation, representatives from ten global cities gathered to share how they are fighting the unacceptable level of traffic deaths in their cities. While they may differ in many ways, the cities share a common ...
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Bigger Isn’t Always Better: Narrow Traffic Lanes Make Cities Safer
In Beijing, Chennai and Fortaleza, the rate of fatalities from road crashes is more than 15 deaths per 100,000 residents. What do these cities have in common? They have traffic lanes wider than 3.6 meters (11.8 feet). A long-standing belief ...
Driverless Vehicles: Safe Speeds Ensure Safety For All
Driverless Vehicles: Safe Speeds Ensure Safety For All
The coming of autonomous vehicle technology shows great promise for eliminating traffic deaths and serious road injuries. They could also make life a lot easier, but only if they are done right. Reducing traffic fatalities will depend on how cities ...
Public Space in Cities – What’s the Measuring Stick?
Public Space in Cities – What’s the Measuring Stick?
The famed American landscape architect and Central Park designer Fredrick Law Olmsted said that parks are the “lungs of the city.” However, many cities around the world—from growing Addis Ababa to sprawling Mumbai and dense Sao Paulo—currently lack adequate public ...
7 Proven Principles for Designing a Safer City
7 Proven Principles for Designing a Safer City
Traffic accidents kill more than 1.2 million people every year, nearly the same amount that die from HIV/AIDS. But there’s an undervalued approach to making the world’s roads safer—good urban design. While most traffic safety initiatives tend to focus on ...
Seoul, Korea Children's Road Safety
Designing Safer Cities for Children
When you consider the global statistics, it’s no surprise that this year’s U.N. Global Road Safety Week focuses on children’s safety.  According to a 2008 World Health Organization (WHO) report, 21 percent of all road traffic-related fatalities worldwide were among ...
London and congestion charging
Pricing congestion to invest in sustainable transport: lessons from London
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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