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5 Challenges and Solutions to Building Bike-Friendly Cities in Turkey

Wed, 2019-02-06 14:13
The diverse economic, social and physical benefits of bicycling are no secret, yet many cities are hesitant to better accommodate growing numbers of bicycles on their streets. In October, WRI Turkey Sustainable Cities organized a workshop with representatives from 16 ...

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Optimize, Electrify, Decarbonize: The 3 Steps to Thriving, Zero-Carbon Cities

Mon, 2019-02-04 20:30
Cities are currently both climate-culprit and climate-victim. They are already responsible for 70 percent of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and 65 percent of global energy demand; they could easily account for more than three-quarters of electricity use by 2030. ...

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What It Will Take for Startups to Spearhead Innovation to Transform Urban India

Fri, 2019-02-01 14:13
TheCityFix Labs India, supported by Citi Foundation, drives market transition toward sustainable investments through knowledge-sharing, capacity-building and technical assistance. Of 100 applications, the Labs recently selected a cohort of 10 projects to mentor and bring to fruition.   Set to ...

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Too Many Cities Are Growing Out Rather Than Up. 3 Reasons That’s a Problem

Thu, 2019-01-31 10:49
Imagine Lagos, Nigeria, a city of 22 million. What was once a small coastal town just a few decades ago has exploded into a sprawling megacity spanning 452 square miles. Its rapid growth has stretched the city’s services impossibly thin: ...

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Photo Essay: Poor Communities in Surat, India, Take Climate Resilience into Their Own Hands

Thu, 2019-01-24 14:13
Urban flooding is a major and growing concern. Japan experienced floods and mudslides that killed more than 120 people last year. The Indian state of Kerala witnessed a 100-year flood that swamped several metropolitan areas. And a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on ...

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7 Environment and Development Stories to Watch in 2019

Tue, 2019-01-22 21:04
One hundred years ago, 1919 was a really big year: Countries signed the Treaty of Versailles to end World War I, Mahatma Gandhi began his nonviolent resistance against British rule, the Grand Canyon became a national park. And on a ...

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Live from Transforming Transportation 2019: The Convergence of Old and New Mobility

Sat, 2019-01-19 05:40
Why is Transforming Transportation (TT) 2019 focused on new mobility? Tech-driven disruptions in transport are already having huge impacts on our cities, said Ani Dasgupta, global director of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. “What do we need to do ...

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Live From Transforming Transportation 2019: The Promise and Reality of New Mobility Today

Fri, 2019-01-18 05:20
When Transforming Transportation (TT) started 16 years ago, the transport landscape looked very different. Ride-hailing services were unheard of. Shared bike systems were exclusive to just a few cities. Smartphones were still years away. No one had heard of Facebook ...

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New Mobility is Coming to a City Near You – Will It Be Sustainable?

Fri, 2019-01-18 00:44
More than 300 new bike-share services were launched worldwide last year. Ride-hailing services such as Uber and Didi Chuxing together provide more than 45 million rides a day. Electric scooters are accounting for more short trips in the places where they’re available and drones and autonomous ...

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3 Ways Cities Can Harness the Benefits of the Bike-Share Revolution

Wed, 2019-01-16 23:27
Introduced in a basic form in the 1960s, bike-sharing services are now seemingly ubiquitous in many major cities. The propagation of “dockless” systems, shared bicycles that can be parked nearly anywhere, has led to unprecedented growth, increasing the number of ...

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8 Ways to Reduce Road Fatalities Using the ‘Safe System’ Approach

Mon, 2019-01-14 14:13
Despite more than 1.35 million lives lost on the roads each year, traffic-related fatalities aren’t given the same media or political attention as plane, train or boat disasters. Indeed, some view these tragedies as commonplace or unavoidable – but they ...

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Report: 1.35 Million People Killed Every Year in Traffic Crashes. And Counting.

Wed, 2019-01-09 14:13
Every 24 seconds someone is killed in a road traffic crash. And the countdown is constantly getting shorter. According to the World Health Organization’s recently released Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018, road traffic fatalities claim more than 1.35 ...

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China Elevates Bike Lanes to a New Level

Mon, 2019-01-07 20:18
Today’s streets are contested spaces. There seems to be an ongoing, intensifying competition between cars, bikes and pedestrians, trying to get from point A to B as quickly as possible. How do they all share the limited space available in ...

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To Fix Housing, We Need to Talk About Land Use: Nora Libertun and Cynthia Goytia

Fri, 2019-01-04 14:13
Affordable housing is a crisis that only seems to deepen. Some 1.2 billion people in cities lack access to affordable, secure housing – a number that’s projected to grow to 1.6 billion people by 2025. Cities in the global south, ...

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Sergio Avelleda on How São Paulo Is Incorporating New Mobility into Its Transport Network

Thu, 2018-12-27 14:13
What city has more Uber riders than any other in the world? It’s not New York or Mexico City but São Paulo. Recent research found ride-hailing was the most frequent mode of transport for 5 percent of the metropolitan population ...

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Why Does Universal Street Design Matter? Ensuring Accessibility for All in Belo Horizonte

Mon, 2018-12-24 21:30
Improving public transit requires a hard look not just at vehicles and routes but at how people get on and off them. Too often, design that takes into account how all different kinds of people might use a system is ...

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D.C. Just Released the First Evaluation of Its Dockless Bike and Scooter Experiment

Sat, 2018-12-22 02:24
Washington, DC, has been one of the foremost laboratories for tech-driven innovations in the transport sector. The city implemented North America’s first bike-share system, and most recently it welcomed companies to experiment with the latest transport trend: “micro mobility,” or ...

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Johannesburg Fights Inequality with Transit-Oriented Development

Thu, 2018-12-20 01:03
While most cities around the world struggle with inequality, in Johannesburg, South Africa, the challenge is compounded by the legacy of apartheid. In the apartheid era, black populations were relocated to the poorly serviced areas far away from job opportunities. ...

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How Santiago de Chile Became a Global Leader on Electric Buses

Tue, 2018-12-18 14:13
The electrification of transport has taken off around the globe. Cities and transit agencies are experimenting with the latest trends and innovations, spanning the gamut from cars to buses, scooters and bikes. We have seen China lead on electric vehicles ...

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4 Ways Cities Can Build More Climate-Resilient Neighborhoods

Mon, 2018-12-17 19:35
As 21st century cities continue to grow, their capacities to adapt, learn and transform need to increase as well, especially in vulnerable neighborhoods. Cities are key players in the global movement to address the threats posed by climate change. Cities ...

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