Posts tagged with 'social impact'
Pedestrians walk along Rua XV in Curitaba, Brazil. Photo by Dylan Passmore/Flickr.
Vote for TheCityFix Brazil for the Top Blog award
The TheCityFix Brazil is in a race for the third consecutive Top Blog Award. In last year’s competition, TheCityFix Brazil won in the Sustainability category. This year, the blog is moving to the final stage of the competition, vying for the title of Best Sustainability Blog ...
Passengers wait for a bus in Curitiba, Brazil. Photo by mariordo59/Flickr.
Understanding the “t” in bus rapid transit oriented development
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is a cost-effective mass transportation system characterized by exclusive bus lanes and reduction of travel times, high-passenger capacity and level boarding, and a relatively short construction process. Latin America and Asia are becoming the world leaders ...
Bikers in the Forests of Palermo, Buenos Aires. Photo by Claudio Olivares Medina/Flickr.
Show off your skills – and your streets – with the ‘Open Streets’ Video Contest
Each Sunday streets across cities in the Americas are blocked off to all motorized vehicles. In the absence of cars from their normal ecosystems, new patterns of public interaction emerge in these public spaces. Instead of automobiles, people appear: runners, ...
Crowded subway car in Beijing, China. Photo by Filipe Fortes/Flickr.
Will raising Beijing’s subway fare be enough to improve service quality and combat mounting subsidies?
As we discussed last week on TheCityFix, Beijing’s municipal government is currently considering a controversial proposal that would reform the city’s low subway fare structure. If approved, the proposal would raise the standard subway fare in an effort to alleviate ...
A crowd of urban residents enjoy Raahgiri Day in Gurgaon, India. Photo by EMBARQ.
In photos: Two months of Raahgiri Day
Raahgiri Day, India’s first sustained car-free day, completed its second month in Gurgaon – India’s “Millennium City” – on January 19, 2014. Although only eight weeks old, Raahgiri Day has had quite the journey since its first day in action ...
Rush hour at Guomao Station on the Beijing subway. Photo by Jens Schott Knudsen/Flickr.
Beijing’s subway fare increase, justified
Beijing’s subway system – one of the longest in the world at 469 kilometers (289 miles) of track – is confronted by excessive congestion and costly government subsidies. In an extremely controversial move, the city government has decided to increase ...
Urban guerrillas in Santiago, Chile. Photo by Claudio Olivares Medina/Flickr.
New Year’s resolutions for your city, your planet, and you
Happy New Year, readers! It’s that time of year again – the annual establishing and kick-off of New Year’s resolutions. But this year, let’s take a different approach. It’s easy to make lofty New Year’s resolutions that make an impact ...
Rainy Ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia. Photo by Claudio Olivares Medina/Flickr.
Memories of Ciclovía, dreams for Raahgiri Day
Darío Hidalgo is EMBARQ’s Director for Research and Practice, a transport expert, and Colombian native who grew up participating in Ciclovía in Bogotá. Today, Hidalgo shares his memories of Ciclovía and recent experience at Raahgiri Day in Gurgaon, India. Certain moments make me ...
Urban community garden in Montréal, Canada. Photo by Bruno VITASSE/Flickr.
Friday Fun: 100 in 1 day highlights the power of active citizenship
From Bogotá, Colombia to Cape Town, South Africa and Kaluga, Russia, the 100 en 1 día (100 in 1 day) movement is making an impact on urban streetscapes worldwide. A “global social movement for citizen-driven change,” the movement is a ...
Raahgiri Day in Gurgaon, India
Raahgiri Day spotlights non-motorized mobility in India
This post follows up on TheCityFix’s article that announced the launch of Raahgiri Day last month. On a cold winter morning on November 17, 2013, over 10,000 residents of Gurgaon, India, poured onto the streets to celebrate their city. Raahgiri ...
Cycle rickshaw driver in Gurgaon, India
Gurgaon launches India's first car-free Sunday
“High-quality public pedestrian space is evidence of a true democracy at work” – Enrique Penalosa, Former Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia Starting on November 17, an entire street in Gurgaon, India will be transformed into a car-free zone every Sunday where ...
Vancouver, Canada
Vancouverism: The prescription for a healthier city?
Three weeks ago I had the pleasure of representing EMBARQ at the International Women’s Forum (IWF) in Vancouver, Canada. The event focused on modern movements shaping the world, including trends influencing our lives, communities, and future. Since urban transport is ...
Bike on board
Friday Fun: “Two Hoots” campaign rewards good behavior on public transport
In Perth, Australia, residents are fed up with anti-social and rude behavior on public transport. In an effort to reward riders who care about the comfort of their fellow passengers, Transperth – part of the Western Australia State Government’s Public ...
Family in Dhaka
Global Calculator 2050 to energize the climate debate
Update July 21, 2014: The Global Calculator is live! Visit www.globalcalculator.org to try the beta version of the Calculator.  Part I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report recently confirmed that atmospheric concentrations of the greenhouse gases (GHG) carbon ...
Communal urban art gives a fresh face to an old building
Communal urban art gives a fresh face to an old building
Young volunteers enjoy El Chorrillo’s newly colorful apartment complex. Photo courtesy of Hypeness. In the neighborhood of El Chorrillo, Panama, members of the community joined together to give new life to an old apartment building. Previously, the building, which houses ...
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