Posts tagged with 'car-free cities'
Avenue of Possibility: Washington Celebrates Its First Open Streets Day
Avenue of Possibility: Washington Celebrates Its First Open Streets Day
If asked what they were planning for Saturday afternoon, most residents of American cities wouldn’t say dancing in the middle of the street. Yet on October 5, that’s exactly what many did during Washington’s first ever Open Streets Day, which ...
Achieving Clean Air in Cities
Achieving Clean Air in Cities
The original version of this text appeared in the International Finance Corporation analysis, “Climate Investment Opportunities in Cities.” Air pollution is the world’s fourth-leading fatal health risk and the top environmental health risk. One in nine deaths globally are attributed ...
6 Transport Solutions to Give İzmir’s Historic Center Back to the People
6 Transport Solutions to Give İzmir’s Historic Center Back to the People
With 5,000 years of history and culture, the city of İzmir along the Ionian Coast is one of Turkey’s most remarkable urban areas. It’s a unique nexus between the past and present, with a variety of archaeological conservation sites but also Turkey’s ...
How a Small Experiment in Delhi’s Suburbs Sparked a National Car-Free Movement
How a Small Experiment in Delhi’s Suburbs Sparked a National Car-Free Movement
Imagine a city where roads that are normally clogged with traffic and clouded with smog are instead filled with people – rich and poor, young and old, men and women, all laughing, dancing, watching their children play, cycling Raahgand skating ...
Raahgiri 2.0: Re-Engineering Car-Free Days for Smaller Cities in India
Raahgiri 2.0: Re-Engineering Car-Free Days for Smaller Cities in India
If you drive out of New Delhi west along National Highway 48, you will find yourself reaching a small district in Haryana state named Jhajjar. Just 50 miles from the national capital, its demographic contrast is unmistakable. The bustle and ...
Car-free Day Continues to Steer Bogotá Away from Cars
Car-free Day Continues to Steer Bogotá Away from Cars
For 18 years, Bogotá, Colombia, has shown that a large city can survive without cars. In 2000, Mayor Enrique Peñalosa—currently in his second term—implemented Car-free Day. This initiative, which residents approved by referendum, takes place on the first Thursday of ...
New Data Shows São Paulo's Carfree Movement Reduces Air and Noise Pollution
New Data Shows São Paulo's Carfree Movement Reduces Air and Noise Pollution
Major changes in thinking never happen easily. Projects that change established structures and routines typically encounter significant resistance along the way. Changing entrenched thinking, therefore, often requires finding ways to demonstrate the positive impacts of change. Paulista Aberta is one ...
Friday Fun: Cities Around the Globe Celebrate Car-Free Day
Friday Fun: Cities Around the Globe Celebrate Car-Free Day
According to the UNEP, an estimated 1 billion people are exposed to outdoor air pollution annually, out of which roughly 1 million die premature deaths. To improve air quality and decrease urban congestion, cities across the world are getting creative: ...
2015 car free day Bogota Colombia
Friday Fun: Bogotá, Colombia celebrates its 15th annual car-free day
Yesterday, Bogotá, Colombia celebrated the 15th anniversary of its annual car-free day. Between 5am and 7:30pm, residents left their cars behind and turned to a variety of other modes of transport—a symbolic act that 63 percent of citizens institutionalized through ...
Mexico City's pedestrian-friendly historic downtown
What human-centered design teaches us about making cities car-optional
Previously on TheCityFix, we took you through the initial steps of EMBARQ and IDEO’s project to explore how human-centered design thinking can be put to work for sustainable urban mobility. We’re asking a bold question – what if there were ...
In another sign of the growing momentum for open streets, Madrid is banning cars from its city center as part of larger plan to advance sustainable urban mobility. Photo by Cassie/Flickr.
Madrid rolling out plan to ban cars in city center
As we recently discussed on TheCityFix, momentum is building for open streets in cities worldwide. Across seven Indian cities, tens of thousands of citizens are taking back their streets during weekly car-free days. Similar open streets events now occur in ...
Wishing you a happy 2015 from TheCityFix
TheCityFix’s Year in Review: Top ten sustainable cities stories of 2014
As you know if you’ve followed the previous installments in TheCityFix’s Year in Review series, we’ve been witness to some pretty incredible moments for urban sustainability in 2014. Some, however, have captivated our global community of readers more than others. ...
There are many obstacles on the path towards sustainable, inclusive, healthy cities, but there's some fun along the way, too. Photo by kk9k/Flickr.
TheCityFix’s Year in Review: Five stories that prove building sustainable cities can be fun, too
With every year that passes, the challenges to creating the sustainable cities we want to live in seem to multiply. Our cities are growing larger, their roads are more congested, their air quality is deteriorating, and their contributions to climate ...
Do you ever wish bus routes better fit where you actually want to go? New startups are changing the way routes are designed, and they could be launching a revolution in ‘smart’ bus transport. Photo by Ken Power/Flickr.
Friday Fun: The bus that goes where you go
Startups like Uber are revolutionizing personal transport in cities worldwide, providing on-demand services at a relatively low price. Can the same thing be done for bus transport? Imagine requesting a bus from your phone, and having it drop you off ...
Car ownership is on the rise in Indian cities, but Mumbai's new Equal Streets movement will help people take back the streets every Sunday while encouraging community interaction and active lifestyles. Photo by 350.org.
Mumbai is ready For “Equal Streets – A Citizens’ Movement”
Every day, Mumbai residents are being squeezed out of spaces to walk or cycle by the sheer pressure of cars, whose numbers are growing rapidly each year. A recent report by the Munich-based global consultancy Roland Berger Strategy Consultants stated that ...
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