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Learning to Ride a Bike Isn't Child's Play" Montreuil, France's Six-Level Bike School

December 20, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Bike School in France

Is there a perfect age for learning to ride a bike? Not necessarily. Because not everyone learns to ride a bike at the same time, there are now numerous bike schools where one can learn to sit atop a two-wheeler with the help of specialized teachers.[read more]

Peru's Climate Leaders Awarded over $11 Million for Low-Carbon Urban Transport

December 19, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Peru Climate Leadership

Peru was recently awarded €9 million ($11.14 million) for its urban transport Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) by the German and British NAMA facility. This climate finance award will allow the Peruvian government to leverage $50 million from development aid agencies.[read more]

The Need to Visualize Public Transit Data for Better Bus Systems in India

December 18, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India Transit Data

Over the past decade, many transit agencies in Indian cities have implemented information technology services (ITS) to improve bus planning and operations in urban areas. However, using such technologies alone does not guarantee tangible improvements in level of service.[read more]

Architects Hail from New York City and Europe to Talk Urban Resiliency

December 16, 2014 by Tyler Caine

Architects and Urban Resiliency

There are no silver bullets for solving challenges surrounding sustainability. Part of this is due to complexity, some is due there being so many points of view for problem solving, and some responsibility falls on the fact that there are so many different situations around the world with unique contextual conditions.[read more]

The Heart of Davie Village Plaza: Colorfully Connecting People and Place

December 16, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Colorful Plaza Placemaking

Davie Village, a lively and diverse neighborhood in Vancouver’s West End, has a rich cultural history as the LGBTQ capital of the city. And VIVA Vancouver initiated a pilot project that would breathe new life into this treasured historical and cultural neighborhood.[read more]

Increasing Mode Share of Bus Transport in Indian Cities

December 16, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban India Bus Transport

Like many cities around the world, Indian cities are experiencing urbanization, motorization, and increasing congestion. Coupled with declining public transport use and infrastructure expenditures that promote a car culture by building roads, Indian cities are losing out on the standard of living that residents deserve.[read more]

Toronto's Very Smart Transit Map

December 12, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Toronto Transit Mapping

This smart city map shows all existing, planned, and proposed transit lines in the city, and then overlays population densities, commuting patterns, household income, and so on. It’s a super valuable map that I think reveals a lot about how we should be focusing our energies to get Toronto moving.[read more]

Five New Resources for More Sustainable Brazilian Cities

December 11, 2014 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Brazil and Sustainability

Over the past ten years, demand for urban public transport has decreased by 33% in Brazilian cities while car sales are on the rise. A number of Brazilian cities, however, are transitioning towards sustainable urban development and sustainable mobility.[read more]

Placemaking Main Street into a Destination Downtown

December 10, 2014 by Project for Public Spaces

Main Streets and Downtown Developments

With its unique blend of housing, retail, and civic uses, Main Street has served as the social and commercial hub of communities until World War II. Since then, suburban development favoring shopping malls and single-use zoning have driven resources away from these vital places.[read more]

Recent Protests in Public Space: It's All About Equity

December 8, 2014 by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

Public Space and Public Protest

The reactions in the last two weeks over the grand jury decisions on the deaths of Eric Garner in New York City and Michael Brown in Ferguson have started both online campaigns and important conversations about equity under the law. But it also brought people outside in ongoing protests.[read more]

London's Garden Bridge: Backing and Backlash

December 7, 2014 by Future Cape Town

London Garden Bridge

With planning approval granted from both Lambeth and Westminster, the final planning hurdle for the London Garden Bridge will be the seal of approval from the Mayor himself. But many Londoners are not convinced as convinced as the scheme’s celebrity backers.[read more]

Montreal May See an Expansion of Self-Service Vehicles and Car Sharing

December 7, 2014 by Global Site Plans - The Grid

Car Sharing in Montreal

We estimate that a car in Montreal spends ninety-five percent of its time parked every week. In this context, self-service cars could contribute to reducing the number of vehicles on the road, and their deployment should be encouraged, believe researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique.[read more]