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Bogotá Company Deploys 400 Free E-Bikes to Help Health Workers Respond to COVID-19

Mon, 2020-03-30 23:45
COVID-19 is shutting down urban transportation networks around the world. But to “flatten the curve” and save lives, critical frontline health workers still need to get to work. In Bogotá, Colombia, where the city has already experimented with providing emergency ...

COVID-19 Could Affect Cities for Years. Here Are 4 Ways They’re Coping Now.

Fri, 2020-03-20 22:00
The COVID-19 pandemic is laying bare two unavoidable facts about our new reality: we are more interconnected than ever, and cities are at the frontlines of this crisis and will be at the frontlines of any similarly globalized crisis in ...

Walking the Talk: What Can We Learn from Germany’s New Pedestrian Policy Framework?

Fri, 2020-02-21 01:04
Walking, as simple as it is, is key to many current urban issues. As car ownership grows, people are walking less and becoming less physically active generally, especially adolescents, more than 80% of whom are insufficiently active. The impacts are ...

Going Dutch: 3 Key Lessons to Spur Biking in Your City

Mon, 2019-10-28 21:39
For many, the first thought that comes to mind about the Netherlands is crowded bicycle racks and bike-savvy commuters. The country has set the global standard for good practices in bike policy, infrastructure and engagement to make cycling a safe ...

Avenue of Possibility: Washington Celebrates Its First Open Streets Day

Fri, 2019-10-18 13:13
If asked what they were planning for Saturday afternoon, most residents of American cities wouldn’t say dancing in the middle of the street. Yet on October 5, that’s exactly what many did during Washington’s first ever Open Streets Day, which ...

8 Principles to Better Sidewalks

Tue, 2019-10-08 13:13
Walking is the oldest, most democratic way to get around. But as urban areas have become more sprawled, walking has slowly been suffocated by other modes of transport that are less healthy for both people and cities. Wide, congested roads ...

Raahgiri Is a Positive, Public Movement for Change

Tue, 2019-07-30 19:29
A couple of Sundays back, Haryana observed the first state-level Raahgiri in India. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar personally came to the city of Hisar to participate in its official celebration with full state machinery. This was totally unthinkable when ...

4 Emerging Concepts that Could Transform Cities

Tue, 2019-07-23 21:41
Big ideas can forever alter the fate of cities when they are written into cement, steel and stone. When St. Petersburg, Russia, was created in 1703 by Peter the Great, he envisioned the new capital as an emblem of a modern ...

Honduras Joins the Global Movement to Make Public Space Work Better for People

Wed, 2019-06-12 13:13
Cities around the world are embracing the movement to make their streets work better for people, not just cars. From Bogotá’s Ciclovía, to Guadalajara’s Via RecreActiva, India’s Raahgiri Days, and Ethiopia’s Menged Le Sewe, many cities have adopted some version ...

It Now Costs You £24 to Enter Central London in an Old Car

Mon, 2019-05-20 13:13
In 2003, London followed the example of Singapore and launched a congestion charge, requiring drivers to pay £11.50 ($15.90) to enter the city center and becoming a global example of how this innovative but sometimes fraught policy can work. Sixteen ...

Photo Essay: Porto Alegre Uses Tactical Urbanism to Transform João Alfredo Street

Tue, 2019-05-14 19:29
Porto Alegre’s João Alfredo Street runs through the heart of the Cidade Baixa neighborhood and is known for its active nightlife, full of bar hoppers and club goers every evening. But during the day João Alfredo is almost empty, avoided ...

Q&A: How Bogotá is Harnessing Leadership to Redefine Road Safety and Save Lives

Fri, 2019-05-10 19:38
This week, the United Nations celebrates the fifth iteration of its Global Road Safety Week with the theme of leadership. The topic highlights the role that elected leaders have in enforcing and implementing road safety goals at the national and ...

To Solve China’s Bike-Sharing Woes, Hangzhou and Shanghai Turn to Bluetooth and Geofencing

Wed, 2019-05-08 13:13
Shared bikes are now common on city streets, sidewalks and public spaces around the world. As of May 2018, there were more than 1,600 bike-sharing programs in more than 1,200 cities, amounting to more than 18 million shared bicycles. The ...

Reclaiming the Streets: Addis Ababa, Other African Cities Launch Car-Free Days

Mon, 2019-04-22 13:13
African cities have an imbalance. Around half of the population walks, bicycles or takes public transport to get around, usually under unsafe and difficult conditions. But despite this unusually high level of non-motorized mobility, street space is disproportionately allocated to ...

Urban Future 2019 Puts Success to the Test by Spotlighting Urban Leaders from Developing Cities

Mon, 2019-04-15 13:13
Contrary to popular belief, the developed world isn’t the best role model when it comes to urban development. In fact, says Gerald Babel-Sutter, the founder and CEO of the Urban Future Global Conference, the developing world can learn more about ...

The InoveMob Challenge: 5 Brazilian Startups Partnering with Cities to Transform the Mobility Sector for Good

Fri, 2019-04-12 19:14
Innovation and government don’t always go hand in hand. Yet the opportunity for innovation in the mobility sector has never been so ripe. Companies all over the world are creating and deploying the next generation of disruptive transport solutions, from ...

Dedicating Public Space for Recreation is Good for Cities. The Via RecreActiva Shows Us 3 Reasons Why.

Tue, 2019-03-26 18:35
Closing more than 60 kilometers of major streets to car traffic sounds like a logistical headache for a city of 4.8 million. But Guadalajara did it anyway ‒ and has done it every Sunday for the last 15 years. In ...

Bike Sharing Is Now a Viable Commuting Choice in São Paulo and Porto Alegre

Fri, 2019-03-15 13:13
New mobility is changing the way we move around cities. It’s also shifting our perception of how we do so. While bicycles may seem more aligned with “old” rather than “new” mobility, bike-sharing systems are transforming the way we see ...

How Beijing Is Redefining Public Space with the Temple of Heaven

Mon, 2019-03-11 13:13
If you visit the Temple of Heaven in the heart of Beijing, you’ll discover a vast network of palaces, pavilions, altars, stages and walking paths scattered over 600 acres of parkland. Recognized as a World Heritage Site for its exceptional ...

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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