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Speeding in Paradise: Contradictions Abound at Rio de Janeiro's Beachfront

Pedestrians face daily risk at Avenida Vieira Souto in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brazil.Rio de Janeiro is breathtaking. It just takes a walk along the boardwalk of the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, for example, to be...

Posted October 21, 2014    

Ridesharing Could Revolutionize Urban Transport in India

As companies such as Uber expand, ridesharing may become an important means of sustainable transport in India and in lower- and middle-income cities worldwide. Photo by Chris JL/Flickr.Ridesharing has been gaining popularity in the United States and...

Posted October 20, 2014    

Is the Future for London's Cyclists on the River, the Street, or Both?

Would you be happier commuting on a bike path floating on London’s River Thames? Photo by Chris R/Flickr.TheCityFix recently examined some of the most innovative bicycling infrastructure projects in cities worldwide, but a recent proposal...

Posted October 17, 2014    

Using Smartphones to Improve Nairobi's Informal Transport Sector

Traffic congestion presents a number of urgent problems in Nairobi, but smartphones and other technologies have the potential to greatly improve transport services and provide a range of benefits for city residents. Photo by Olli Pitkänen/Flickr....

Posted October 16, 2014    

Must a City of 8 Thousand Follow the Same Planning Processes as One of 8 Million? A Case for Rightsize Planning in India

Indian cities should undertake planning processes that are appropriate for their particular size and needs. Photo by Ryan/Flickr.India’s urban population currently stands at 377 million, representing 31% of the country’s total population....

Posted October 13, 2014    

Seven Ways to Encourage Sustainable Commuting in Your Workplace

Employers play an important role in creating the incentives and infrastructure to encourage employees to use sustainable transport. Photo by Dylan Passmore/Flickr.Car-oriented cities have a number of costs for citizens’ health and well-being. Up to...

Posted October 11, 2014    

How Technology Can Transform Urban Mobility: A Q&A with São Paulo's Ciro Biderman

São Paulo’s MobiLab shows how cities can empower citizens to create mobility solutions through opening data and supporting innovation. Photo by Igor Schutz/Flickr.São Paulo’s transport systems generate 30 million data points every day, an amount...

Posted October 10, 2014    

Bhopal Becomes India's Fifth City to Join the Car-Free Raahgiri Movement

The Raahgiri movement is bringing car-free Sundays to cities across India, spreading the principles of sustainable, active transport. Photo by Shamim Khan/Facebook.On September 21, 2014, Bhopal became the fifth city in India to implement the weekly...

Posted October 9, 2014    

Six Things to Know About Sustainable Transport in Istanbul

Istanbul’s world class BRT, pedestrianized spaces, and strong demand for improved cycling infrastructure highlight the rise of sustainable transport in the city. Photo by Monique Stuut/Flickr.Istanbul has made many strides in sustainable transport...

Posted October 8, 2014    

Engaging Istanbul's Youth for a More Sustainable City

Istanbul’s famed Hagia Sofia was one of numerous historic landmarks featured in this year’s Culture Hunt, designed to get teens exploring the streets of their city. Photo by Tim Griffin/Flickr.A focus on sustainable development can help Istanbul...

Posted October 7, 2014    

As Cities Grow, So Should Their Energy Efficiency

Improving building efficiency presents a major opportunity to curb greenhouse gas emissions while saving money and improving quality of life. Photo by deano7000/Flickr.If you want to find major emitters of greenhouse gases, look no further than your...

Posted October 6, 2014    

Urbanism Hall of Fame: Ken Livingstone Makes Congestion Pricing and Transit Integration Work in a Megacity

London’s congestion charge and Oyster card system – two key achievements of former Mayor Ken Livingstone – have helped lead a modal shift from car usage to public and active transport. Photo by Jimmy Baikovicius/Flickr.Ken Livingstone – who became...

Posted October 4, 2014