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How the Built Environment Influences Who Rides Bus Rapid Transit

Ridership and the Built Environment

There are currently 190 cities in the world using bus rapid transit (BRT) systems to serve the mobility needs of more than 31 million daily passengers. there’s also been recent interest in assessing how the built environment affects ridership in different types of BRT corridors.[read more]

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Crash Remedies: The Road to Traffic Safety

March 19, 2015 by Fanis Grammenos

Roads and Traffic Safety

In order to cut traffic deaths, is it necessary to redesign the urban form? This academic paper takes a historical approach to answer the question.[read more]

$150 Million to Transform Sustainable Public Transport in Mexico City

Urban Mexico and Sustainable Transportation

With a metropolitan population of more than 21 million people—and growing quickly—Mexico City faces distinct challenges in delivering sustainable urban mobility. Whether to combat a long history of urban sprawl or to meet the mobility needs of different communities, the city has had to innovate.[read more]

Want a Cycling City? Design for Traffic Safety

Cycling, Safety, and Traffic

Two weeks ago, the World Bicycle Forum in Medellín, Colombia brought together more than 4,000 attendees from across the globe to discuss the challenges and opportunities of urban cycling. Many have praised the event for its ability to bring a wide swath of constituencies together and identify key outcomes.[read more]

The Sky Has No Limit: Transforming an Elevated Road Into a Sky Garden in Taiwan

March 16, 2015 by Wayne Gao

Sky Garden Transformaion in Taiwan

 

An inspirational campaign to transform a 4 kilometer (2.4 miles) elevated road into a distinctive landscape was launched in Taipei, Taiwan in 2014. If it succeeds, Capital Sky Garden/Biking Highway would be Taipei’s version of Highline Park in New York City but on a significantly larger scale.[read more]

War Declared Between Pedestrians and Cyclists in Toulouse, France

March 15, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Biking and Walking in Toulouse

Sharing public space is a new notion in Toulouse, France, where pedestrian areas and cycling zones are being developed. Coexistence between these two groups is not always peaceful, and citizens believe the situation could potentially deteriorate further.[read more]

Car Free Family, In the 'Burbs

March 13, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Going car lite is a challenge, no matter your household composition. Fuelled by pragmatism and the desire to save time and money the Bramptons dumped both their cars. Easing into a carless lifestyle they parted with one and then ultimately a second car, as they turned to cycling and transit.[read more]

Bus Rapid Transit Wins Battle with Cars in Indore

BRT vs. Cars in Indore

After five years of construction, Indore opened one of India’s few bus rapid transit systems in May, 2013. Operations started with a fraction of the total fleet planned, and yet, passengers exceeded 30,000 a day, a fourfold increase compared to the ridership of the regular city bus service.[read more]

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Do You Promote Liveable Communities? Could You Win a 'Walking Visionaries' Award?

March 12, 2015 by Florian Lorenz

Do you know a potential winner?

The Walking Visionaries Awards are one of this year’s most exciting awards programs for sustainable urbanism and future mobility. Do you know a potential winner? Organized by the Management Team of the 2015 Walk21 conference, to be held in Vienna, Austria from October 20 to 23, it is open for ideas and projects covering all fields related to walking and liveable communities.[read more]

With Gas Prices Down, Federal Transit Funding in the U.S. is Still Just as Important

March 12, 2015 by This Big City

Transit Funding and Gas Prices

How the Koch Brothers and Americans for Prosperity are using the current low oil prices to influence transport policy and Highway Trust Fund funding to become more pro-auto and less sustainable.[read more]

Who's Sprawling Now? Mixed Signals From the Market

March 11, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Sprawl and Economic Trends

The trend toward urbanizing jobs is not limited to the suburbs. A report released by City Observatory last month and reported in The New York Times shows that there has been a subtle shift in the last few years toward more new jobs in city centers, while employment growth is shrinking in the suburbs.[read more]

Phnom Penh, Cambodia's Outsourced Public Transportation System Fails Citizens

March 11, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Public Transit Outsourcing

Now is the time for Phnom Penh to implement sustainable infrastructure systems, but with a self interested government, investing in public projects remains difficult. Phnom Penh needs to get its act together in order to provide efficient transportation options for all classes.[read more]