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Collideoscope: A New Open Data App Aiming to Cut Cycling Accidents

October 16, 2014 by David Thorpe

Pin the location of an incident and help prevent others

A new app, called Collideoscope, using open data and crowdsourcing has the ambitious aim of trying to find out why cycle accidents occur so they may be prevented in future.[read more]

Pontevedra, Spain Increases Downtown Livability by Reducing Vehicle Access

October 16, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Reducing Urban Vehicle Access

It’s a city where the car is unobtrusive, a city with neither noise nor fumes, where children can play in the street and people with reduced mobility can access businesses and services easily. Is it a utopia? No, it is the urban model developed by Pontevedra, Spain.[read more]

Using Smartphones to Improve Nairobi's Informal Transport Sector

October 16, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Nairobi Informal Transport

 

Many cities in sub-Saharan Africa are choking on their traffic, both literally in terms of air pollution and figuratively in terms of congestion. Nairobi, Kenya is no exception. However, new technologies, in particular new uses of smartphones, are helping to improve mass transport services.[read more]

A New Vision to Fix the Tragedy No One Ever Thinks About

October 15, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces
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Pedestrian Safety

A recent report from the National Complete Streets Coalition studying ten years of data found that 16 times more people were killed crossing the street than in natural disasters over the that same period. Another 68,000 walkers on average are injured every year.[read more]

A Global City of Eds and Meds

October 15, 2014 by Jim Russell
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Urban Populations and Education

Concerning incomes without geographic limits, foreign buyers drive up rents in global neighborhoods. With a strong desire to live, work, and play in global neighborhoods, millennials commit more of their annual wage to shelter than others are willing to bear.[read more]

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The UN Plans that EVs Will Make 30% of Individual Journeys by 2030 – But Where Will The Electricity Come From?

October 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

A quarter of families in Copenhagen with two children or more own a cargo bike. And cycle in the snow.

A new UN initiative has been launched that aims to make electric vehicles make 30% of individual motorised journeys in cities by 2030. But where is the sustainable energy source going to come from to supply the extra electricity needed? The UN should be supporting more walking and cycling in cities to take people out of vehicles altogether.[read more]

Five Ways to Organize Fundamental Sustainability Change

October 14, 2014 by This Big City
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Urban Sustainability and Change

Cities offer a promising intervention level for decisive local action to address sustainability challenges, especially in terms of policy and societal action. City officials are, however, often confronted with the limitations of the policy instruments available to them.[read more]

Multi-Modal Cities Are the New Reality

October 14, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Multi-Modal Cities

CityLab published an article last week on multi-modal cities that caught my attention. The premise of the article is that all of this car vs. transit debate is actually missing the bigger picture: our cities are multi-modal and we need to be planning for that.[read more]

Engaging Pittsburgh's Bus Stops: Bus Stops as Public Spaces

October 14, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Pittsburgh Bus Stop Placemaking

As the host of 18th Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference in Pittsburgh, PA, Project for Public Spaces vowed to install community-based Lighter-Quicker-Cheaper (LQC) projects that brought placemaking to Pittsburgh and connected our conference to the community.[read more]

What Links Mark Cavendish, Illusive Medals and a Nazi-Fighting Columbian Drug Lord?

October 12, 2014 by Mark K Ames

Biking and History

2012 wasn't the first time Britain had hosted the Olympics, nor even the second time; London is the only city to have ever played host to the Games three times. In the summer of 1948 the country was still under rations, and great swathes of London remained obliterated following the war.[read more]

Seven Ways to Encourage Sustainable Commuting in Your Workplace

October 11, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sustainable Commuting

Car-oriented cities have a much number of costs for citizens’ health and well-being. Up to 75% of urban air pollution is caused by motor vehicle fuel combustion, and in 2012, 3.7 million premature deaths were linked to outdoor air pollution.[read more]

The Urban Geography of Globalization: Global Neighborhoods

October 11, 2014 by Jim Russell

Globalization and Neighborhoods

I’m still chewing on Ryan Avent’s tweet about foreign real estate investment: “Housing in New York, London is attractive as an investment for outsiders because it’s scarce!” My read of his words, all else follows from the assumption that too much land use regulation makes the rent too damn high.[read more]