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8 Standards for Transit Oriented Development

November 13, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Transit Oriented Development

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is one of those buzzwords (or buzz acronyms?) that gets thrown around a lot in city building and real estate circles. But I suspect that most people don’t exactly know what it takes to design and build successful TOD projects and neighborhoods.[read more]

Why Our City Makes Us Fat and Sick

November 12, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Cities and Health

The reality of a Thembisa mother is such: she travels sometimes five hours a day, too and from her job in Brummeria. She spends half her monthly income to pay for this transport. She has to use multiple taxis and trains and walks long distances on foot.[read more]

New York's Public Transit Constrained by Debt Service

November 11, 2014 by Christopher Berggren

New York Public Transit

New York City is America’s most transit intensive big city, with nearly six of every ten residents commuting daily by bus or subway. The condition and daily operating efficiency of the transit system is critical to the prosperity of the city. One way to gauge the system is through the eyes of its daily users.[read more]

What if There Was No Need for Cars in the World's Biggest Cities?

November 4, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Car Free Cities

This question is at once lofty and ordinary, addressing one of the most pressing sustainability challenges of our times and one of the most routine. How to get to and from home to work, school or market is simple enough, but to do it reliably, affordably, and sustainably for billions is a challenge society has not yet solved.[read more]

Riding the New Streetcar

October 31, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto's New Streetcar

 

Recently I rode Toronto’s new streetcar for the first time on my way home from Chinatown. I had been meaning to do it for weeks now, but this was my first opportunity. The experience was infinitely better than what you get today on our current streetcars.[read more]

The Role of Private Developers in Sustainable Mobility

October 30, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ
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Development and Mobility

Rapid urbanization in countries such as India is raising people’s incomes, creating huge demands for housing, and increasing vehicle ownership rates. By 2030, 50% of India’s population is expected to live in cities, and this will in turn create a huge demand for housing.[read more]

A Comparative Approach to Transportation in Paris, Lyon, and Marseille, France

October 29, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Transportation Compared

The creation of the Paris, Lyon, and Marseille metropolises is at the center of the current territorial reform. While the transformation of their institutional organizations was subject to a sudden acceleration, the construction of an idea, and then a metropolitan project reveals ancient and complex dynamics.[read more]

Can Transport Speak to Development?

October 26, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Transport and Development

Here we recap eight of the main ideas of the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) for transit-oriented development, including things like high-quality and unobstructed pedestrian footpaths for better urban walkability, and improved street design to ensure the safety of cyclists.[read more]

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Life Hubs: A New Concept for Urban Planning and Transport

October 22, 2014 by David Thorpe
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Grenoble transport hub – presented at the Walk21 conference

If cities are to be engines of economic activity, people need to be able to travel easily, cheaply and healthily. Speakers at Sydney's Walk21 conference, happening now, say that there is an urgent need for city leaders – mayors and senior administrators – to factor in the wider benefits of cycling and walking.[read more]

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The UN Plans that EVs Will Make 30% of Individual Journeys by 2030 – But Where Will The Electricity Come From?

October 14, 2014 by David Thorpe

A quarter of families in Copenhagen with two children or more own a cargo bike. And cycle in the snow.

A new UN initiative has been launched that aims to make electric vehicles make 30% of individual motorised journeys in cities by 2030. But where is the sustainable energy source going to come from to supply the extra electricity needed? The UN should be supporting more walking and cycling in cities to take people out of vehicles altogether.[read more]

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VIDEO: What Makes a Sustainable City?

October 7, 2014 by David Thorpe
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David Thorpe

A talk and presentation by David Thorpe at Cardiff's Green City event on Saturday 27 September 2014. David is the Special Correspondent on Sustainable Cities Collective.[read more]

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Who Speaks for Cycling and Walkability in the UN's Sustainable Transport Group?

October 6, 2014 by David Thorpe

The joint leaders of the group.

In August UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced the members of a 12-member advisory group that will develop a global policy on sustainable transport, including Olof Persson, CEO of the Volvo Group, and Carolina Tohá, the mayor of Santiago, Chile. But no member is representing cyclists and pedestrians.[read more]