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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]

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UN Online Course in Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries

September 12, 2014 by Améline Peterschmitt

Learn online

The rapid and often unplanned and uncoordinated growth of cities has significantly increased the challenge of creating new transportation systems, especially in developing countries. To learn more about urban transport planning, register now for the UN's e-learning course on Sustainable Urban Mobility in Developing Countries, starting soon.[read more]

On Île d'Yeu, France, Biking is Practically a Religion

September 12, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Biking and Public Enthusiasm

Mountain bike, single bike or tandem: on the streets of L’île d’Yeu, France, the parade of two-wheelers is permanent. For both summer vacationers and locals alike, this method of transportation has become utterly and completely indispensable.[read more]

'Pedestrianized' Prince Arthur Street of Montreal Unappealing to Pedestrians

September 10, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid
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Pedestrianism in Montreal

Located in the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, Prince Arthur Street is known to Montrealers for its stretch of road, open year-round to pedestrian-only traffic. The glory of this once widely recognized strip continues to fade however, as its prime location acts more like an transportation corridor for pedestrians and cyclists.[read more]

How Bike Moves Can Go Beyond Just Being Subversive to Actually Being Useful

September 9, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Biking and Equality

This weekend I participated in my second bike move in Portland. It’s where friends come and load stuff up on their bikes and bike trailers, haul them to your new house, unload, and then have a party. Bike moves are really great because yes, they keep you from having to move by truck, which harms the environment.[read more]

The War on the Car

September 8, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly
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Urbanism and the Car

Almost seventy-five percent of downtown residents walk, cycle, or take transit to work, leaving drivers firmly in the minority. For me, this then makes me question whether or not we’re optimizing well enough for the majority. However, the issue is quite often not that simple.[read more]

Bicycling's Racist, Sexist, and Classist Beginnings, and How They Impact Bicycling Today

September 8, 2014 by Tazmine Loomans

Biking's Troubling History

In today’s world, we like to hail the bicycle as the instrument of freedom for the underprivileged, the poor and the oppressed. But bicycling began in the 1880s and 90s in a context of racism, sexism and classism and for the most part was reflective of that context.[read more]

Do Elevated Cycletracks Solve Problems or Just Create More?

September 3, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Elevated cycletracks.

This year, two designs – one proposed and one built – for elevated cycletracks, which create bicycle highways above street level, have gained considerable media attention. They highlight questions at the heart of urban design: Should cities blend or separate transportation options?[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]

Should Bike Sharing Be Subsidized? Or Privatized?

September 1, 2014 by Marc Gunther

Bike sharing.

I’m a fan of bike sharing, and a satisfied, albeit irregular, customer of Capital Bikeshare, the convenient and well-managed public bike-sharing system in Washington, D.C., which now extends into the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia. But, so far, at least, no big-city bike sharing system of which I am aware is financially self-supporting.[read more]

Tokyo Governor Explains His Vision for Cycling in the City

September 1, 2014 by Byron Kidd

Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe.

In principal the Governor supports the installation of street level bicycle lanes, over sidewalk level lanes and is committed to expanding Tokyo's network of bicycle lanes across the city. This sounds like wonderful news until he elaborated on his answer.[read more]

Who Are Our Streets For?: A Q&A with 2014 Lee Schipper Scholar Madeline Brozen

August 31, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Madeline Brozen and the Meaning of Streets

 

Madeline Brozen is a Program Manager within UCLA’s Complete Streets Initiative and a recipient of the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship. Her research focuses on urban design policy, with an emphasis on how cities can shift from car-oriented streets to infrastructure that supports bicycling and walking.[read more]