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Webinar Round-up: What Makes a Smart City?

April 16, 2015 by David Thorpe

What makes a smart city? And is it truly sustainable?

A roundup of our recent webinar on Smart Cities, a successful discussion of many of the controversial aspects of smart cities. It looked at questions such as: what is a smart city? What about mobility? Should we believe the hype? Are smart cities sustainable cities? How can we be properly inclusive?[read more]

Awesome Infographic Shows Benefits of Sustainable Transport

Sustainable Transportation

These infographics highlight the many co-benefits of sustainable transport – which are so numerous that when you focus on just one it’s easy to lose sight of the others. From increasing access to economic opportunities to making our cities healthier and more livable, there’s a lot to keep in mind.[read more]

Green Transport Routes Are Social-Cultural-Ecological Corridors

April 2, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Green Transport Routes

The wider significance of green walking and cycling corridors in cities is that they let us rethink urban systems, to shift away from ones where people and nature are largely invisible to a more human scale, where the importance of what nature and citizens are experiencing and doing can be seen and supported.[read more]

Three Ways São Paulo Companies Helped Curb Traffic Congestion

Sao Paulo Traffic Solutions

São Paulo’s population is growing—and so is its traffic congestion. Residents of South America’s largest city take more than 43 million trips daily, nearly 30 million of which are in vehicles, mainly private cars. São Paulo‘s average commute time by car is around 1.5 hours.[read more]

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Nine Lessons from the World Bicycle Forum in Medellín, Colombia

March 25, 2015 by Florian Lorenz

Fourth World Bicycle Forum "Cities for All" at www.fmb4.org

The World Bicycle Forum (#FMB4) in Medellín, Colombia was recently held. The FMB4 is the world’s largest discursive event on bicycling mobility and urban cycling cultures. Here are nine lessons from this amazing and transformative event.[read more]

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The Fused Grid: A New Model for Planning Healthy and Liveable Developments

March 23, 2015 by Luis Rodriguez

Neighborhoods and Development Design

Much has been written about the importance of making our cities healthy and liveable and about what can be done to make them that way. However, much less has been written about when and how we should implement those principles and attributes that are essential to making our cities healthy and liveable.[read more]

Why Are the Two Most Sustainable Forms of Transport Missing from the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

Sustainable Development and Transportation

In a forthcoming international agreement that will steer development policy and funding for the next 15 years, the question remains whether walking and biking as transport modes will be recognized as a proven way of creating more sustainable cities.[read more]

8 Highlights from Medellin's World Bike Forum 2015

March 21, 2015 by This Big City

World Bike Forum

The World Bike Forum 2015 (WBF4) took place in the city of Medellín, Colombia, between 26th February and 1st March. The Forum is one of the region’s major citizen-led events, being designed, organized and maintained by citizens on a voluntary basis to promote the use of bicycles in cities.[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]