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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]

Building the City of the Future Through Smart, Connected Urban Transport

September 30, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Cities and the Future of Transport

The concept of smart, connected transport is a hot topic among city leaders looking to ride the wave of innovation to more sustainable, prosperous cities. Despite this, building a truly smart and interconnected urban transport system is more than most cities can hope to do all at once.[read more]

Discover Paris' Little Belt

September 20, 2014 by The Dirt ASLA

Hidden Little Belt

Since 2011, photographer Pierre Folk has traversed Paris’ Petite Ceinture, or Little Belt Railway, which has been abandoned since the 1930s. Apparently, discussions have been ongoing in Paris since last year about the future of the old line.[read more]

New Study Reveals Potential Solutions to Social Demand for Transport in Brazilian Cities

September 15, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Brazil Transport and Social Demand

Increased bus fares are a greater concern to Brazilian citizens than increased electricity, water or telephone bills. This fact and others come from a recent study presented at the Brazilian National Association of Transport Operators 2014 National Seminar on Urban Public Transportation.[read more]

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]

Streetcars are Just a Tool

August 29, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Streetcars and Cities

Earlier this month the Toronto Star published an article talking about the resurgence of streetcars in American cities. According to the Star, 89 cities in the US are currently implementing or at least considering building some form of surface-rail system.[read more]

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How Sustainable Transport Lost 100 Years

August 27, 2014 by David Thorpe

The Columbia electric bus in 1900.

130–100 years ago the world looked like it was on a path to electric-powered transportation, with bicycles, inter-city electric trains and electric buses and cabs. Instead, gasoline and the internal combustion engine became widespread and sustainable transport lost a century of progress. Urban planning might have been very different.[read more]

São Paulo wins 2014 City/State MobiPrize by Empowering Citizens and Fostering Innovation

August 27, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Sao Paulo Wins the Prize

São Paulo is empowering citizens to create transport solutions by fostering innovation and opening data. The São Paulo department of Transport (SMT) founded the Mobility Laboratory (MobiLab) on the principles of innovation, transparency, and public participation.[read more]