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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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4 Lessons on Integrated Planning: Highlights From the First GPSC City Academy

Fri, 2018-12-14 14:13
“Integrating planning” can sound nebulous, maybe even unfocused. But when carried out well, the benefits of intentionally seeking to coordinate across different levels of government, sectors and stakeholders, speak for themselves – especially when it comes to sustainable development. A ...

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TheCityFix’s Top 10 Blogs from 2018

Thu, 2018-12-13 14:13
In 2018, we watched cities around the world grapple with the new mobility transition. Shared, electric and autonomous transportation, at the touch of the button, is redefining how people get around. At the same time, the ultimate effect of these ...

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5 Cities Show What Urban Transformation Really Looks Like

Wed, 2018-12-12 14:13
Urbanization is changing the face of the planet – for better and for worse. City populations, GDP and investment are increasing exponentially. At the same time, carbon emissions are rising, more and more people are living in slums, and air pollution ...

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David Ward on Self-Driving Cars: ‘Don’t Put the Autonomous Cart Before the Horse’

Mon, 2018-12-10 14:13
We can’t help but be enticed by the concept of self-driving cars. What will they look like? How will they change our lives? How will they change our cities? David Ward, secretary general of the Global New Car Assessment Program, ...

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Achieving Clean Air in Cities

Fri, 2018-12-07 14:13
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 ...

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3 Issues to Watch at the COP24 Climate Summit

Wed, 2018-12-05 20:03
The UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland (COP24) is seen by many as the most important climate negotiation since 2015, when 196 countries created a vision for a zero-carbon future by adopting the landmark Paris Agreement. This year’s summit is the ...

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Stronger Than the Storm: 3 Lessons for Building Climate Resilience in Poor Urban Communities

Tue, 2018-12-04 20:36
Climate change affects poor and marginalized communities first and hardest. These effects are happening now – not in a far-fetched future. Particularly in cities, a lack of access to basic services, a long history of unsustainable urban development, and political ...

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Better Buildings Means a Brighter Future: 3 Technologies to Decrease Energy Use

Thu, 2018-11-29 14:13
Building efficiency is one of the most effective and affordable solutions for addressing climate change and capping carbon emissions. Yet it is so often drowned by discussions of electric vehicles and solar panels. Given that better buildings are a great ...

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Nature in the Urban Century: Cities Can Offer Solutions for Biodiversity Loss – If We Act Now

Tue, 2018-11-27 14:13
This century will be remembered as the urban century. Our generation will witness the most significant urban growth in human history. By 2050, there will be 2.4 billion more people in cities, a rate of urban growth that is the ...

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Here’s What Smoke from California’s Wildfires Looks Like from Space

Fri, 2018-11-23 19:27
Several wildfires are still burning through California. The Camp Fire in Northern California has killed at least 48 people and is now the deadliest ever recorded. The fire has burned 130,000 acres near Paradise, 80 miles north of Sacramento. Near Thousand Oaks, Woolsey Fire ...

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3 Reasons Raahgiri Has Become India’s Urban Movement

Wed, 2018-11-21 22:38
In too many cities today we see a stark dichotomy. On one side we have enclaves for the rich and powerful, full of luxuries and amenities, and access to the bounties of a globalized world. On the other, there are ...

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