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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]

Six Mayors Who Bike, and Why This is a Good Thing

January 28, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Biking Mayors and Urban Transportation

With more cities than ever before implementing bike-share systems and expanding cycling infrastructure, we had to ask ourselves: are our leaders practicing what they preach on sustainable urban mobility? As it turns out, many of them are.[read more]

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Healthy, Liveable, and Sustainable Communities Can Make a Big Difference in Our Lives

January 27, 2015 by Luis Rodriguez

Sustainable Communities and Health

Imagine a community — neighborhood, village, town, or city — that provides residents with plenty of opportunities to enjoy a high quality of life. A world-class community that strives to preserve or improve its economy, the quality of its environment, and the health and well being of its residents.[read more]

What Excites You About Cities and Transportation?

January 26, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Urban Transport and the Future

“Climate change is already costly and shaping development,” said Rachel Kyte, the World Bank’s chief climate representative. “The problem is this poor trade-off has been set-up: we can either have growth, progress, prosperity, or we can halt all our dreams to reduce carbon emissions. It’s not a vote getter.”[read more]

Who Needs Cars? Smart Mobility Can Make Cities Sustainable

January 21, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Smart Sustainable Mobility

Smart urban mobility has multiple benefits. For one, it helps reduce congestion and improve traffic safety in cities worldwide. Efficient transport systems like bus rapid transit (BRT) save commuters time, reap economic benefits, and reduce the risk of traffic crashes.[read more]

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Revealed: the Greatest Global Business and Societal Opportunities in Sustainability

January 20, 2015 by David Thorpe

Some see risk, others see opportunity.

They say that crises and risks for some are opportunities for others. Following on from the World Economic Forum's Global Risks report last Friday, is a new Global Opportunities Report, published this morning by UN Global Compact, DNV GL and Scandinavian think tank Monday Morning.[read more]

Policy Lag, or, Why UK Bike Lanes Will Be Bad for a While Yet

January 16, 2015 by Mark K Ames

Urban Biking and Policy Lag

In UK road design circles innovation cowers in the shadow of liability, perhaps understandably when you consider that it is people's safety potentially at stake. As a consequence most of the space between buildings is filled in like a "Paint by Numbers" picture, fitting in whatever the manual says is appropriate.[read more]

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Now Is the Time for Cities to End Reliance on Fossil Fuels

January 13, 2015 by David Thorpe

Saudi oil well

The price of oil continues to fall, making investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency less economically attractive. But this is all the more reason why now is the time to switch.[read more]

Three of the World's Best 'Cities for People'

January 12, 2015 by CC Huang
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Cities for People

A new Energy Innovation report, Cities for People in Practice, makes comparisons between three sustainably developed communities that present themselves as successful examples of the “cities for people” approach to urban development.[read more]

A Resolution and a Celebration

January 10, 2015 by Kate Gallery

Neighborhood Resolutions and Celebrations

In 2015, those of us at Neighborhood Nomads resolve to spend more time where we belong. We got a headstart, actually. A few months ago, we changed the tagline here from “a guide to exploring close to home” to “a celebration of places we belong.”[read more]

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The City Where 77% of Journeys Are By Sustainable Means

January 8, 2015 by David Thorpe

Sustainainable mobility has many advantages. Image:  Forum for the Future

Walking, cycling and public transport now account for 77 per cent of all journeys in Helsinki, with two thirds of Helsinki residents preferring to walk or use public transport on a weekday according to a new survey. This is an increase on the last survey in 2010.[read more]

New Gear at the Upcoming Consumer Electronics Show will make Urban Biking Safer

January 4, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bike Safety Technology

Is biking more on your list of resolutions for 2015? If so, you have probably considered what to do to be safer while biking in the city. Around the world, new policies and innovative technologies are being developed to support cycling as a safe alternative to driving a car.[read more]