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How Mapping Public Transport Can Help Commuters

April 20, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Mapping Transport

There are more than 600 stops covered by public transport moving in and out of Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa, and these are spread across 60 routes. The GoMetro Map facilitates the accessibility of these routes, allowing commuters to plan and trace their journeys from Bellville to anywhere in the Cape Town area.[read more]

Why Toronto-Waterloo Needs All-Day Two-Way Urban Rail Service

April 18, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto Rail Service

I stumbled upon an interesting article about the need for an all-day two-way rail service between Toronto and Waterloo. Along this corridor sits a technology ecosystem that is second in size only to San Francisco-Silicon Valley and that current connectivity levels represent a missed opportunity of epic proportions.[read more]

Greening Bus Fleets Requires a Range of Strategies

Green Bus Strategy

In 2012 alone, Latin America saw 131,000 preventable air pollution-related deaths. To reduce emissions and improve air quality, it’s essential that public transit fleets—like buses—become more fuel-efficient by adopting cleaner fuels, like natural gas or low-sulfur diesel.[read more]

Cape Town: The City is Our Playground

April 17, 2015 by Cape Town Partnership

Urban Play in Cape Town

We’ve all hankered after a simpler, less stressful world. A world in which our every decision doesn’t feel like the end of the world, and where it is easier to acknowledge similarity than disparity. This yearning often takes me back to childhood.[read more]

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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]

Four Lessons from Beijing and Shanghai Show how China's Cities can Curb Car Congestion

China Congestion Management

As China’s GDP has grown, so has the number of cars on its roads. From 2008 to 2010, the country’s vehicle ownership almost doubled. This growth in car ownership not only means that the auto industry will continue booming, it also means more air pollution, energy consumption and traffic crashes.[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]

The Race for Africa's Largest City: The Beauty and Beast of a City

April 11, 2015 by Future Cape Town
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The Future of Lagos

 

The people of Lagos will be going to the polls early on Saturday, April 11th to spend the day standing in queues. In this election, close to 6 million people are registered as voters in Lagos State, almost three times as many registered voters in the City of Cape Town at 1.9 million in 2014.[read more]

Could Université Laval's Course Schedules Be Causing Quebec's Traffic Woes?

April 11, 2015 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Traffic Patterns in Quebec

By starting its classes a half hour later, the Université Laval could reduce a lot of traffic in the capital, suggests a young architect. The question was raised during the Québec 2050 event, which gathered agents of the real estate sector around the future of the capital.[read more]

Mapping the Derelict Lines of the Bay Area

April 10, 2015 by David Edmondson

Dead Lines on Old Transport

The old railroads that once defined the Bay Area and the country at large are typically just hinted at. Some lines only operate freight; others, overgrown rails, but many are just sinewy lines on a parcel map. While we do have old maps showing where the rails were, these are rail maps, not service maps.[read more]

Johannesburg: Why Gated Communities Threaten Democratic Cities

April 9, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Gated Communities and Urban Inequality

Recently I tried to drive through a gated section of Westcliff, an affluent suburb in Johannesburg, to avoid traffic, only to be stopped by the guard and informed that I was not permitted to go through. I insisted that I had every right to enter, since it was a public road. The guard was not convinced.[read more]

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Five Cities with Top Game-Changing Sustainability and Resilience Projects

April 8, 2015 by Warren Karlenzig

Game-Changing Cities

Game-changing mega-projects in these five cities promise cross-cutting impacts including low-carbon mobility, recreation, green infrastructure, societal improvements, and mobile communications. By planning diverse and ambitious results, these resilient plans take years to decades, but promise massive rewards.[read more]