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Thoughts on Driverless Cars

September 2, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Driverless cars.

I’ve written about driverless cars before in terms of how they might be used as a form of public transit. But I think it’s worth revisiting them for a moment. There are lots of driverless car critics out there and they usually fixate on the fact that a car is still a car, whether or not you happen to be driving it. It still takes up the same amount of space in our cities. Or does it?[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]

How Would You Get Around Your City With No Gasoline?

August 31, 2014 by Mark K Ames

Gas Shortages and Transit Options

The fuel crisis that occurred in the 1970's led to a renaissance for the bicycle. There had been hopes the renaissance would be long-lived, but when the oil started flowing again and the streets filled with cars the bicycle boom was quickly over.[read more]

Building for BRT: A Q&A with 2014 Lee Schipper Scholar Erik Vergel-Tovar

August 30, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Building Bus Rapid Transit

Erik Vergel-Tovar, no stranger to TheCityFix, is a PhD candidate in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he researches the rich relationship between bus rapid transit (BRT) and the built environment.[read more]

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Call for Imaginative Design to Build Green Infrastructure in Our Cities

August 29, 2014 by David Thorpe

Arup's vision of a fully greened city.

Cities Alive: Rethinking Green Infrastructure from the Landscape Institute and Arup shows how the incorporation of green infrastructure with imaginative design can help to create healthier, safer and more prosperous cities. It calls for green infrastructure to have a much more influential role in the planning and design of cities and urban environments.[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]

We Have LRT, Now What? Ottawa's Next Transit Challenge

August 29, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Ottawa's Transit Future

In 2018, Ottawa’s new light rail transit (LRT), the thirteen station Confederation Line, will go into service. Arriving in Ottawa, I was impressed to see the Canadian city making progress on transit, instead of getting mired in debates about what kind to build and wavering between proposals.[read more]

Durban Uses Architecture for Pedestrian-Friendly Spaces [VIDEO]

August 28, 2014 by Future Cape Town

Durban and Design for Pedestrians

How can we make cities more livable, and integrate people better back into their urban landscapes? One such way is through developing innovative uses of architecture. Creative design also has the potential to address other problems that plague urban areas.[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]

Why San Francisco, New York, and DC May Be more Affordable than You Thought

August 26, 2014 by Kaid Benfield

Urban Affordability

Highly enlightening new data from the New York City-based Citizens Budget Commission demonstrate the immense importance of walkability and transit in shaping just how affordable large United States cities are for a range of household types.[read more]

Car-Sharing Grows in China as an Alternative to Vehicle Ownership

August 25, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

China Car Sharing

China’s increasing overall wealth makes it unlikely that the country’s growth in car ownership will stop any time soon. However, severe air pollution and traffic congestion have led several large Chinese cities to take action to stem the rising tide of private cars.[read more]