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In Defence of Fair-Weather Cyclists: How Do You Keep a City Cycling, Even in the Worst of Winter?

February 1, 2015 by Mark K Ames

Weather and Cycling Habits

 

One of the most persistent criticisms I hear leveled against investing in cycling is that the very moment that the weather becomes inclement, a lot of people will people stop riding their bikes, therefore making it an unreliable way of moving people in cities.[read more]

Common Sense Urban Tools to Change Cities, Via Curitiba

February 1, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Urban Development Tools

Acupuncture is a method to stimulate specific points of the body to regulate a specific pathology and benefit the broader system. In this sense, Jaime Lerner, in the new English Edition of his 'Urban Acupuncture,' proposes to point to specific evidence and specific actions in the city to comfort general urban illness.[read more]

Longest Footbridge East of the Mississippi: Century-Old Willimantic Footbridge

January 31, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid
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Connecticut Footbridge

While Willimantic’s Frog Bridge might be eastern Connecticut’s most familiar bridge, there is actually a far more historically notable bridge close by that has provided access to Willimantic’s downtown for over a century: the Willimantic Footbridge.[read more]

Top 10 Walking States in America

January 31, 2015 by Christopher Berggren

Walking and the United States

Since states are composed of cities, which generally constitute the majority of a states’ population, it is significant that the states with the most walking have cities known for walkability. Indeed, the top three states, New York, California, and Washington, have some of the country’s most walkable cities.[read more]

More People are Speeding on the Golden Gate Bridge: Here's Why

January 31, 2015 by David Edmondson

Speeding on the Bridge

When the new Golden Gate Bridge barrier opened, it was heralded as a new age of safety, but there were rumblings of problems immediately. Bridge Manager Kary Witt was quoted as saying, “I do think everyone is driving too fast. Everyone needs to slow down.”[read more]

Implementing Streetcars: Lessons from Atlanta

January 30, 2015 by Canin Associates

Atlanta and Streetcars

The streetcar fits a unique niche in transport systems. It’s an extension of the walking environment thanks to its ability to be used for short trips, while still connecting different neighborhoods. But, as recent streetcar projects like the Downtown Loop in Atlanta have shown, their success requires patience.[read more]

The Many Advantages of an Urban Cable Car like Medellín's Metrocable

January 29, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

You can't beat the cable car magic

How Medellín's Metrocable has reduced overall transportation costs and increased access to employment for the city’s most disadvantaged groups – and helped improve the built environment, enhanced public spaces, and strengthened the social fabric through community participation.[read more]

Using a Phone App to Map Your Own Travel Impacts

January 29, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Measuring Urban Movement

 

A phone app can let anyone see precise travel details and determine exactly where transit and infrastructure investments should be made. They'd also be able to plan to minimize the carbon emissions associated with travel. And so would you. But – what are the implications for personal privacy and security?[read more]

Hints of Corruption Won't Stall Montreal's Ste. Catherine Street Makeover

January 29, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Corruption and Urban Renewal in Montreal

A much-needed planned revamp of Montreal's main commercial thoroughfare, Ste-Catherine Street, has had to be abandoned, and a $267,000 public consultation contract with a firm cancelled, amidst allegations of corruption by the city's inspector general.[read more]

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New Open Source Calculator Claims the World Can Live Well And Tackle Climate Change

January 28, 2015 by David Thorpe
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We can have our cake and eat it, apparently.

A new, seemingly authoritative and open source Global Calculator tool claims to have discovered that everybody in the world can have a reasonable standard of living that is compatible with living within planetary boundaries. But how is this possible? And how much would it cost?[read more]

New York City's Mean Streets Get Sweeter

January 28, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

NYC and Street Life

“New York City’s mean streets are getting a little sweeter,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, the NYC Transportation Commissioner for Mayor Mike Bloomberg. That sweetness takes the form of a “new ecosystem of pedestrian plazas and bike lanes.”[read more]

Urban Design for Safer Roads: Insights from EMBARQ Turkey's RSLab

January 28, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Design and Road Safety

More than 1.2 million people worldwide are killed in road traffic crashes every year, and 20 to 50 million are injured. According to the World Health Organization, if urgent action is not taken, these figures will increase by 65% over the next 20 years, making crashes the fifth-leading cause of death by 2030.[read more]