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Implementing Streetcars: Lessons from Atlanta

January 30, 2015 by Canin Associates

Atlanta and Streetcars

The streetcar fits a unique niche in transport systems. It’s an extension of the walking environment thanks to its ability to be used for short trips, while still connecting different neighborhoods. But, as recent streetcar projects like the Downtown Loop in Atlanta have shown, their success requires patience.[read more]

The Many Advantages of an Urban Cable Car like Medellín's Metrocable

January 29, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

You can't beat the cable car magic

How Medellín's Metrocable has reduced overall transportation costs and increased access to employment for the city’s most disadvantaged groups – and helped improve the built environment, enhanced public spaces, and strengthened the social fabric through community participation.[read more]

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New Open Source Calculator Claims the World Can Live Well And Tackle Climate Change

January 28, 2015 by David Thorpe
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We can have our cake and eat it, apparently.

A new, seemingly authoritative and open source Global Calculator tool claims to have discovered that everybody in the world can have a reasonable standard of living that is compatible with living within planetary boundaries. But how is this possible? And how much would it cost?[read more]

Six Mayors Who Bike, and Why This is a Good Thing

January 28, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Biking Mayors and Urban Transportation

With more cities than ever before implementing bike-share systems and expanding cycling infrastructure, we had to ask ourselves: are our leaders practicing what they preach on sustainable urban mobility? As it turns out, many of them are.[read more]

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Healthy, Liveable, and Sustainable Communities Can Make a Big Difference in Our Lives

January 27, 2015 by Luis Rodriguez

Sustainable Communities and Health

Imagine a community — neighborhood, village, town, or city — that provides residents with plenty of opportunities to enjoy a high quality of life. A world-class community that strives to preserve or improve its economy, the quality of its environment, and the health and well being of its residents.[read more]

Complete Streets vs. Trucks

January 27, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

What about the delivery vehicles?

As more communities invest in green, complete streets to create environments that are both safer and more accessible for pedestrians and bicyclists, there are growing problems for those who must move goods, says Peter Plumeau of the Resource Systems Group.[read more]

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There's a $90 Trillion Plan to Rid the World's Cities of Cars

January 26, 2015 by David Thorpe
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The way to go.

Over the next 15 years, about $90 trillion will be invested in infrastructure in the world’s cities, agriculture and energy systems. 24 leaders from government, business, finance and economics in 19 countries think it should be spent fighting climate change. And one of the key challenges is to remove cars from cities.[read more]

What Excites You About Cities and Transportation?

January 26, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Urban Transport and the Future

“Climate change is already costly and shaping development,” said Rachel Kyte, the World Bank’s chief climate representative. “The problem is this poor trade-off has been set-up: we can either have growth, progress, prosperity, or we can halt all our dreams to reduce carbon emissions. It’s not a vote getter.”[read more]

Transport Plays a Key Role in Urban Air Quality

January 22, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Transportation and Pollution

Private cars account for less than one-third of trips in cities worldwide, but are responsible for 73% of urban air pollutants. Per capita, private cars generate three times more greenhouse gas emissions than public transport systems like buses.[read more]

Can We Have Better Growth and a Better Climate at the Same Time?

January 22, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA
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How to Grow While Protecting the Climate

 

Can we grow while protecting the climate? Yes, said Felipe Calderón, chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, who spoke at the Transforming Transportation conference in Washington, D.C. The economy and the climate are intrinsically connected, and so are their problems.[read more]

What Naysayers Don't Get About California's High Speed Train

January 22, 2015 by This Big City

Though the construction of the California High Speed Rail System has fended off a number of court challenges, much of the funding for the line’s projected $68 billion budget has yet to be locked down. And there are still a number of technical hurdles looming on the horizon.[read more]

Who Needs Cars? Smart Mobility Can Make Cities Sustainable

January 21, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Smart Sustainable Mobility

Smart urban mobility has multiple benefits. For one, it helps reduce congestion and improve traffic safety in cities worldwide. Efficient transport systems like bus rapid transit (BRT) save commuters time, reap economic benefits, and reduce the risk of traffic crashes.[read more]