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Composting: The Answer to Eliminating Invasive Plant Species from Lakes and Other Places?

September 21, 2014 by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
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Composting and Invasive Species

As a native Southerner (and, more specifically, a Louisianian), I know a thing or two about invasive species: Spanish moss, kudzu, and nutria all figure into my memories of growing up. So far, methods to control these species and the damage they do have come up short.[read more]

Seattle's First Protected Bike Lane Makes a Quick Adjustment [VIDEO]

September 20, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Seattle Bike Lanes

Seattle recently installed its first protected downtown bike lane on Second Avenue. Shortly after it opened, they quickly discovered that the left green arrow and solid green circle were confusing drivers. So the Seattle Department of Transportation quickly adjusted.[read more]

Transforming In-Between Spaces for the Benefit of Urban Communities

September 18, 2014 by This Big City

Spaces and Urban Communities

In-between spaces, perceived as frontiers and borders, are the spaces that divide territories within our cities, neighbourhoods and towns. In our minds, they are understood as “non-places”, under-utilised spaces that are often associated with dirty, derelict and unsafe areas of the city.[read more]

Can Auto-Rickshaw Fare Reform in Chennai Lead Users to Choose Sustainable Transport?

September 18, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Auto-Rickshaw Reform and Policy

Chennai, India has long been notorious for its lawless auto-rickshaw drivers. On August 25, 2013, the Tamil Nadu state government sought to change this perception by reforming rickshaw fare structures. The government was forced to implement the reform by the Supreme Court following a petition filed in 2010.[read more]

World's Best Places to Live: The Global Liveability Index

September 16, 2014 by Future Cape Town
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The Best Places to Live

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual liveability index has been out for a couple of weeks now and Lagos remains at the bottom of the list. The ranking assesses which locations around the world provide the best or the worst living conditions.[read more]

By the Numbers: Sustainable Mobility Improves Health and Road Safety

September 13, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sustainability and Safety

50 million: The number of people that are seriously injured every year in traffic accidents; 1.3 million of these people die. 695: The approximate reduction in annual traffic crashes on the Macrobús BRT corridor in Guadalajara, Mexico as a result of reserving one lane exclusively for buses.[read more]

Understanding how Intersection and Signal Design Impact Pedestrian Behavior

September 11, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Streets, Design, and Pedestrians

 

Pedestrians hit by vehicles when crossing on red are 56% more likely to be severely injured than those crossing on green. While crossing on red is often assumed to be mainly an issue of poor individual pedestrian behavior, recent research indicates that it is also related to the design of signals and intersections.[read more]

Mexico's Disabled Population Deserves Mobility and Accessibility

September 10, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Mexico and Accessibility

Handicap spots and other reserved spaces are not a whim of those who design public transport, parking lots, and sidewalks, or of those who respect their status as “reserved.” These spots are logical measures that guarantee the mobility, accessibility and safety of that live permanently or temporarily with a disability.[read more]

A Plan to Rebuild Valparaíso, Chile After a Disastrous Fire

September 9, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Urban Disaster and Recovery

The College of Architects of Valparaíso submitted a proposal for a new urban plan to Andrés Silva. The proposal seeks to re-direct local streams and create ​​a Metropolitan Park. The approval of such a plan is one of the last steps in the reconstruction effort after a major fire engulfed the city last April.[read more]

British Urban Mobility Specialist Philip Anthony Gold Advises Brazil

September 6, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Brazil and Mobility

Among the speakers for the first Seminar on Social Responsibility and Sustainability was the British transportation specialist, Philip Anthony Gold, a consultant for several institutions, who discussed the need for urban mobility design that is more focused on people.[read more]

The Daunting Challenge of Unwalkable America

September 5, 2014 by Kaid Benfield
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Urban Walkability

This won’t be breaking news to most readers, but Americans don’t walk very much. Periodically, National Geographic publishes a 17-nation “Greendex” study on, among many other things, transit use and walking. In 2012 we Americans came in dead last on both indices, and it wasn’t close.[read more]

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One Year On From Car-Free Month in Suwon, What Has Changed?

September 2, 2014 by David Thorpe

Old tyres make a sculpture for a cyclist in a car-free area to gaze at.

It's exactly one year since the city of Suwon in South Korea practised an amazing experiment. In the Haenggung-dong neighborhood, 1500 cars were removed from the streets as their 4,343 owners volunteered not to use them for one whole month. What has changed since then?[read more]