Posts tagged with 'urban design'
Bay Area Bike-share launch in San Jose, California. Photo by Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious.
Friday Fun: 2015’s Top Bike Stories So Far
Today is our annual Bike to Work Day here in Washington, D.C. For many city residents, commuting is ingrained in their daily routine. By targeting how people regularly travel to and from work, there’s a lot of potential to transform ...
Active Design in Sao Paulo, Brazil
How Rethinking Urban Design Can Create Healthier Communities
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists in WRI’s sustainable urban mobility team in Brazil, the series will feature in ...
Safe Cycling in Istanbul, Turkey
How Istanbul Is Improving Public Health by Designing for Cycling
Growing physical inactivity at a global scale is causing more people to suffer from chronic diseases every day. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 31 percent of adults 15 years old and older were insufficiently active in 2008, leading ...
"Wishful Thinking" Graphic Narrative Feature
Friday Fun: Creatively Engaging Road Safety with a Graphic Narrative
India has the highest number of accident fatalities in the world. But the pressing issue of road safety is rarely taken seriously. This is particularly apparent, given the high frequency and intensity of risks that motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists take ...
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 ...
Ani Dasgupta and Jan Gehl
Making Cities Safer by Design: a Conversation with Jan Gehl and Ani Dasgupta
This week is the third UN Global Road Safety week, and the theme is saving children’s lives on roads worldwide. TheCityFix had the chance to sit down with Jan Gehl, renowned architect and urban designer, and Ani Dasgupta, Global Director ...
Walkability in Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Five Cities Show the Future of Walkability
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists at EMBARQ Brasil, the series will feature in depth articles on urban planning, ...
The Eight Principles of Sidewalks
The 8 Principles of the Sidewalk: Building More Active Cities
Nossa Cidade (“Our City”), from TheCityFix Brasil, explores critical questions for building more sustainable cities. Every month features a new theme. Leaning on the expertise of researchers and specialists at EMBARQ Brasil, the series will feature in depth articles on ...
Bogota's BRT - TransMilenio
How the built environment influences who rides bus rapid transit
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 ...
2015 World Bicycle Forum
Want a cycling city? Design for traffic safety
Two weeks ago, the World Bicycle Forum in Medellín, Colombia brought together more than 4,000 attendees from across the globe to discuss the challenges and opportunities of urban cycling. Many have praised the event for its ability to bring a ...
Complete streets in Juice de Fora, Brazil
The data we need to move beyond streets for cars
Too many cities currently evaluate their streets in a way that doesn’t support long-term sustainability. The conventional approach centers exclusively on cars, and how quickly they can move up and down streets. Under this approach, a street receives an “A ...
Making public transport work for women in India
Why public transport needs to work for women, too
Men and women use public transport in different ways because of their distinct social roles and economic activities. Since women’s reasons for traveling generally differ from men’s, the purpose, frequency, and distance of their trips are also different. Additionally, safety ...
2014 Lee Schipper Scholars present at Transforming Transportation
People-oriented streets and the built environment: Lee Schipper Memorial Scholars present at Transforming Transportation 2015
Last week’s Transforming Transportation conference put forth multiple innovative ideas for how cities can transform mobility to become more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. Speakers included former heads of state like Mexico’s Felipe Calderón, road safety champions like former New ...
Making Turkey's roads safer by design
Urban design for safer roads: Insights from EMBARQ Turkey’s RSLab
More than 1.2 million people worldwide are killed in road traffic crashes every year, and an additional 20 to 50 million are injured. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), if urgent action is not taken, these figures will increase ...
With the right priorities and development strategies, India’s smart cities initiative has the potential to make cities more sustainable, inclusive, and safe. Photo by rebel/Flickr.
What will it take to create smart cities in India?
In June 2014, the Government of India announced its ambitious plan to build smart cities across the country. This plan will be administered by the Ministry of Urban Development, and will focus on building new smart cities and redeveloping existing ...
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