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Three Ways São Paulo Companies Helped Curb Traffic Congestion

Sao Paulo Traffic Solutions

São Paulo’s population is growing—and so is its traffic congestion. Residents of South America’s largest city take more than 43 million trips daily, nearly 30 million of which are in vehicles, mainly private cars. São Paulo‘s average commute time by car is around 1.5 hours.[read more]

Four Inspirations for Sustainable Transport from Rio

Rio and Sustainable Transport

Known for its beautiful natural landscapes, Christ the Redeemer statue, and Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro is an iconic city. Citizens’ ability to access these and local opportunities, though, has been limited in the past due to increased reliance on individual cars generating congestion.[read more]

We Must Make Places Walkable for the Most Vulnerable

March 23, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

They are used to being ignored – all the more reason for planners not to.

As placemakers, city builders, planners, and designers we all too often forget how important inclusion is to our process. We forget the parent struggling to navigate an intersection with a poorly located curb cut, or the elderly person struggling to cross a street in time.[read more]

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The Fused Grid: A New Model for Planning Healthy and Liveable Developments

March 23, 2015 by Luis Rodriguez

Neighborhoods and Development Design

Much has been written about the importance of making our cities healthy and liveable and about what can be done to make them that way. However, much less has been written about when and how we should implement those principles and attributes that are essential to making our cities healthy and liveable.[read more]

How Smart Regulations can Improve Public Transport in Brazilian Cities

Brazil and Transportation Innovation

Over the past few years, demand for buses has been declining in major Brazilian cities. How should city and transport leaders respond to this alarming trend? One possible solution is to improve the quality and productivity of bus service. To achieve this, smart regulations can play an important role.[read more]

In Defense of Pedestrian Flags and Beg Buttons

March 21, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Pedestrians crossing flags and cross walk buttons are frustrating. They lower the status of pedestrians and reinforce an auto-dominated culture by requiring pedestrians to perform special actions in order to navigate a city. But from a pragmatic perspective, I feel compelled to defend them and their true intent.[read more]

8 Highlights from Medellin's World Bike Forum 2015

March 21, 2015 by This Big City

World Bike Forum

The World Bike Forum 2015 (WBF4) took place in the city of Medellín, Colombia, between 26th February and 1st March. The Forum is one of the region’s major citizen-led events, being designed, organized and maintained by citizens on a voluntary basis to promote the use of bicycles in cities.[read more]

Greening the Street for Better Public Spaces

Green Streets

Streets perform a necessary function in the life of cities, like the arteries of a complex, urban organism. As the Project for Public Spaces notes, city streets “animate the social and economic life of communities” by serving as primary sites for community interaction and exchange.[read more]

How the Built Environment Influences Who Rides Bus Rapid Transit

Ridership and the Built Environment

There are currently 190 cities in the world using bus rapid transit (BRT) systems to serve the mobility needs of more than 31 million daily passengers. there’s also been recent interest in assessing how the built environment affects ridership in different types of BRT corridors.[read more]

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Crash Remedies: The Road to Traffic Safety

March 19, 2015 by Fanis Grammenos

Roads and Traffic Safety

In order to cut traffic deaths, is it necessary to redesign the urban form? This academic paper takes a historical approach to answer the question.[read more]

$150 Million to Transform Sustainable Public Transport in Mexico City

Urban Mexico and Sustainable Transportation

With a metropolitan population of more than 21 million people—and growing quickly—Mexico City faces distinct challenges in delivering sustainable urban mobility. Whether to combat a long history of urban sprawl or to meet the mobility needs of different communities, the city has had to innovate.[read more]

Want a Cycling City? Design for Traffic Safety

Cycling, Safety, and Traffic

Two weeks ago, the World Bicycle Forum in Medellín, Colombia brought together more than 4,000 attendees from across the globe to discuss the challenges and opportunities of urban cycling. Many have praised the event for its ability to bring a wide swath of constituencies together and identify key outcomes.[read more]