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Lima’s Villa El Salvador: A Story of Structured Informal Development

Wed, 2016-02-17 22:47
Although Lima’s Villa El Salvador neighborhood was just a dusty plain called the Tablada de Lurín in 1971, it would soon become home to some of the city’s poorest residents. At the time, there were no electricity lines, no wells, ...

Rod King: Lower Speeds Change How We Use Our Streets—for the Better

Wed, 2016-02-17 00:14
More than 15 million people in the UK live in areas that have already adopted or are currently adopting speed limits. This data comes from the 20′s Plenty for Us, an organization in the UK dedicated to lowering speed limits ...

Friday Fun: Two Innovators Helping to Improve Recycling in China

Fri, 2016-02-12 23:04
From air pollution to intense traffic congestion, China faces an array of environmental and resource challenges, many of which are a result of its urbanization and development over the past few decades. In Beijing—as across most of the country—concerns over ...

Todd Litman on the Costs of Congestion, the Drivers of Sprawl and Policies for Smarter Growth

Fri, 2016-02-12 01:07
How can we tackle the challenge of traffic congestion? What is driving urban sprawl? How does public transportation relate to issues of equity? In the following interview, TheCityFix sat down with Todd Litman, Founder and Executive Director of the Victoria ...

Do You Have the Next Big Idea for Shared Mobility in Indian Cities? Apply Now to the New Mobility Accelerator

Tue, 2016-02-09 21:14
Across the world, young and dynamic businesses are leveraging technology to improve last-mile connectivity and deliver more efficient mobility solutions. While access to on-demand services like Uber and Ola has often made commuting in cities more convenient, it is unclear ...

Bogotá’s New Bike Lane: Not Just a Change in Direction, But a Change in Message

Tue, 2016-02-09 03:18
As part of Bogotá’s 16th annual car-free day on February 4, 2016 the city reaffirmed its commitment to safe cycling by converting one of the four lanes on Carrera 11—a major road—into a two-way bike lane.  The road has already ...

Friday Fun: Using Open Data to Visualize Public Transport, in Videos

Fri, 2016-02-05 23:05
Talk to any data expert, and you’ll probably hear about how data is revolutionizing urban transport. Without access to travel information, people are left in the dark when it comes to planning their day—a major inefficiency for any city. For ...

Real-Time Transit Data Is Good for People and Cities. What’s Holding This Technology Back?

Thu, 2016-02-04 00:43
People with access to real-time transit information have been shown to spend 15 percent less time waiting at bus stops than people without this information. Additionally, a study of Chicago’s bus routes found that access to real-time transit information increased ...

Managing Diversity and Affordability to Make Cities More Livable

Tue, 2016-02-02 22:21
How livable a community is depends on many factors like affordability, health, safety, connectivity, infrastructure and services. As cities around the world grow, urbanization can often threaten a city’s livability by causing land prices and housing costs to rise. Moreover, ...

India’s Smart Cities Mission Takes A Forward Step

Mon, 2016-02-01 21:09
In the last 15 years of my professional career, many concepts around urban development have come and gone, but none have evoked such an excitement as the Narendra Modi government’s proposed 100 Smart Cities initiative, that has a price tag ...

Friday Fun: Worried About Your Bike Being Stolen? Innovators Are Here to Help

Fri, 2016-01-29 21:01
Transcending borders, bicycles have emerged as an essential transport option for citizens—and they play a significant role in making cities more sustainable. However, concerns about bike theft have held back both public bikeshare schemes and discouraged individual cyclists. As virtually ...

Making Space for Corridors and Ensuring Reliability: Answering BRT’s Biggest Questions

Thu, 2016-01-28 21:14
On January 11, 2016 the BRT Center of Excellence launched a new book called “Restructuring Public Transport through Bus Rapid Transit.” The new resource provides researchers, students and decision makers an overview of how cities can effectively implement BRT in a variety ...

Emerging Trends, Model Cities and Major Challenges: Answering BRT’s Biggest Questions

Thu, 2016-01-28 00:41
On January 11, 2016 the BRT Center of Excellence launched a new book called “Restructuring Public Transport through Bus Rapid Transit.” The new resource provides researchers, students and decision makers an overview of how cities can effectively implement BRT in ...

With a (Not So) New Mayor, Bogotá Refocuses Its Attention on Public Transport

Wed, 2016-01-27 03:26
In his inaugural address on January 1, 2016, Mayor of Bogota Enrique Peñalosa outlined some ambitious goals. In line with the achievements of his first administration, Peñalosa declared his vision to make Bogota a world leader in sustainable mobility with the “best public transport ...

Delhi’s Diet Plan

Mon, 2016-01-25 20:59
Kudos to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and all others in the Delhi government responsible for announcing a car-restriction program. It is great to see city leaders realize that private vehicles cannot solve its mobility problem and start a diet programme. ...

Reframing the Issue of Women’s Safety in Public Transport in Brazil and France

Sat, 2016-01-23 01:11
A city cannot be inclusive without ensuring women’s safety in public transport. Women often remain a vulnerable part of the transit users, as many face violence, verbal harassment, physical abuse and discriminatory graffiti messages in stations. For example a third ...

Why Sustainable Transport Is a Key Driver of Sustainable Urban Development

Wed, 2016-01-20 21:06
About 80 percent of all wealth generated in the world comes from the cities, which attract millions of people every year in search of opportunities. There are already 3.9 billion people living in urban areas and, in 2050, that number ...

Live from Transforming Transportation 2016: Forging Our Road Map for the Year Ahead

Sat, 2016-01-16 04:21
Transforming Transportation (#TTDC16) is the annual conference co-organized by EMBARQ, the sustainable urban transport initiative of the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and the World Bank. This year’s conference is themed Sustainable Transport: From the ...

Live from Transforming Transportation 2016: Meeting Road Safety Goals, Equitable TOD and Improving Data Collection

Sat, 2016-01-16 00:14
Transforming Transportation (#TTDC16) is the annual conference co-organized by EMBARQ, the sustainable urban transport initiative of the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and the World Bank. This year’s conference is themed Sustainable Transport: From the ...

Live from Transforming Transportation 2016: Integrated Planning, the Role of the Private Sector and Women’s Safety

Fri, 2016-01-15 05:31
Transforming Transportation (#TTDC16) is the annual conference co-organized by EMBARQ, the sustainable urban transport initiative of the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, and the World Bank. This year’s conference is themed Sustainable Transport: From the ...

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