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Six Ideas for Building Cycling Culture from the World Bicycle Forum

Building Future Bike Culture

Over 4,000 people gathered for the fourth World Bicycle Forum. This event was created by bike activists in Porto Alegre, Brazil after a car plowed through bikers at a critical mass event in March 2011. Fortunately, no one died, but the resulting media attention sparked solidarity and the urge to take action.[read more]

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Creating Community: Review of Last Week's Webinar on Urban Architecture and Building Better Communities

March 2, 2015 by David Thorpe

How can real communities by designed?

The SCC #SustainableChat Webinar: Urban Architecture and Building Better Communities held last Wednesday was very successful. Our panel of experts covered the design, economics, sustainability and community related issues of the topic. But the conversation has only just begun....[read more]

Your Guide to Urban Cycling: A Q&A with Author Yvonne Bambrick

February 26, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Cycling Interview

As cities worldwide grow and evolve, so too is the urban landscape changing for cyclists. While congested and chaotic streets still remain a persistent challenge for some cities, many others have recognized the need for robust cycling infrastructure and are actively supporting cycling culture.[read more]

Overcoming China's Institutional Barriers to Sustainable Urban Transport

February 20, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

China and Barriers to Sustainable Transport

China’s top-down system of decision-making has been the root of many transformative changes in the past. So why has it recently been so hard to rally city leaders behind low-carbon transport? The answer has two sides: institutional complexity and lack of political will.[read more]

Car Sharing, the Next Wave of Innovation for Brazilian Cities

February 19, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Car Sharing in Brazil

Mobility is a necessary part of urban life; the challenge is to make it more efficient. Collective transport solutions already exist in many Brazilian cities and are gaining in popularity. But so far, Brazilian cities are only just beginning to explore car share programs as viable alternatives to private car ownership.[read more]

Transforming Transportation 2015: Turning Momentum Into Action

February 14, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Transport Innovation

What will the city of the future look like? How can we unlock the potential of urbanization to create safe, accessible and prosperous societies? At Transforming Transportation 2015 we learned about the role of urban mobility in creating smart, sustainable cities and boosting shared prosperity.[read more]

Bogotá, Colombia Celebrates its 15th Annual Car-Free Day

February 13, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bogotá and Car-Free Days

Recently, Bogotá, Colombia celebrated the 15th anniversary of its annual car-free day. Between 5am and 7:30pm, residents left their cars behind and turned to a variety of other modes of transport—a symbolic act that 63 percent of citizens institutionalized through a public referendum in October 2000.[read more]

What Human-Centered Design Teaches Us About Making Cities Car-Optional

February 9, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Focusing on Humans and Not Cars

The key to human-centered design is asking the right questions to the right people. To do this, we searched far and wide for inspiration and ideas, no matter how eccentric or seemingly impossible. We started in Helsinki, which last year set the ambitious goal to be car-free by 2025.[read more]

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Guess Which City Tops List for the Worst Traffic Jams?

February 5, 2015 by David Thorpe

Jakarta traffic: going nowhere.

Indonesia's capital Jakarta has the world's worst traffic jams according to a new survey by Castrol, its 2014 Magnatec Stop-Start Index. But the solutions to congestion are already known.[read more]

How to Enable Safer Access to Mass Transit in Indian Cities

February 4, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Transportation and Safe Access in India

 

To help planners and city leaders, EMBARQ, part of the Sustainable Cities program of the World Resources Institute in India, has developed the Safe Access Manual: Safe Access to Mass Transit Stations in Indian Cities.[read more]

New Survey Shows Increased Satisfaction with Urban Transport in São Paulo

February 3, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sao Paulo Urban Transit Improvements

Are you satisfied with the quality of life in your city? In São Paulo, overall perceptions of quality of life increased over the past year for one-third of the population, and remained stable for half according to the city’s Municipal Well-Being Indicators survey.[read more]

11 Reasons Why Trains, Buses, Bikes, and Walking Move Us Toward a Brighter Future

February 2, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Transportation and the Future

According to the pundits and prophets who dominate the media, the future of transportation is all figured out for us. Cheaper gas prices mean we can still count on our private cars to take us everywhere we want to go in the years to come. The only big change down the road will be driverless autos.[read more]