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Growing Motorcycle use Creates a Global Safety Challenge

As motorcycle fleets grow in cities worldwide, governments must prioritize improving street design and alternative mobility options to slow the rise in motorcycle fatalities. Photo by Frank/Flickr.Cities worldwide face the pressing challenge of...

Posted November 22, 2014    

Uber-like Buses That Go Where and When You Want To

Do you ever wish bus routes better fit where you actually want to go? New startups are changing the way routes are designed, and they could be launching a revolution in ‘smart’ bus transport. Photo by Ken Power/Flickr.Startups like Uber are...

Posted November 21, 2014    

Five Reasons to be Optimistic About Sustainable Urban Mobility

Rapid urbanization creates a number challenges for city leaders, but the growing use of sustainable urban mobility solutions provides reasons for optimism in cities worldwide. Photo by Benoit Colin/Flickr.According to the United Nations World...

Posted November 19, 2014    

Open Data Benefits Cities and Citizens: A Q&A with Jyot Chadha

EMBARQ India’s Data Visualization Challenge opens important data sets to the public, empowering citizens to change Indian cities’ understanding of urban transport. Photo by mydearboy/Flickr.EMBARQ India spoke with Jyot Chadha, head of EMBARQ India’s...

Posted November 18, 2014    

Brasília, Brazil Now Lets Women Choose Where to Get Off the Bus at Night

In Brasília, a new safety law lets women get off buses in places other than traditional bus stops after 10pm. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.When deciding between modes of transport, travelers consider several variables, typically including...

Posted November 17, 2014    

Urbanism Hall of Fame: Pasqual Maragall Uses the Olympics to Transform Barcelona Into a Global City

Barcelona’s transformation under Pasqual Maragall provides one of the best examples of using major events as a catalyst for long term urban improvement. Photo by pleymo_05/Flickr.This is the sixth entry in the Urbanism Hall of Fame series, exclusive...

Posted November 15, 2014    

Urban Gardening Builds Strong, Cohesive Communities

Urban gardens, like the one pictured above in Kibera, Nairobi, allow residents to come together for healthier, happier communities. Photo by Colin Crowley/Flickr.CNN recently described Cape Town, South Africa as being in the midst of a “vegoultion...

Posted November 14, 2014    

100 Smart Cities in India: Governing for Human Impact

India’s new ‘smart’ cities should not be evaluated by their use of technology, rather by their ability to solve the country’s persistent urban challenges. Photo by Sandeep Shande/Flickr.This summer, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced...

Posted November 12, 2014    

Mumbai is Ready For "Equal Streets - A Citizens' Movement"

Car ownership is on the rise in Indian cities, but Mumbai’s new Equal Streets movement will help people take back the streets every Sunday while encouraging community interaction and active lifestyles. Photo by 350.org.Every day, Mumbai residents...

Posted November 10, 2014    

Dancing Zebras for Safer Streets

This zebra directing traffic is not a joke. It is one of hundreds of city employees saving lives while making streets in La Paz, Bolivia friendlier for pedestrians. Photo via oneillinstituteblog.org.The streets of La Paz, Bolivia present severe...

Posted November 7, 2014    

Three Maps Help Explain São Paulo, Brazil's Water Crisis

São Paulo is experiencing a drought so extreme that the city could run out of water, and it is only one of many populous Brazilian cities that face significant risk for drought in future years. Photo by Martha Slivak/Flickr.The worst drought to grip...

Posted November 6, 2014    

A "New Normal" for Sustainable Transport in Chinese Cities

With the right government leadership, the new normal for sustainable transport in Chinese cities will include more transit-oriented development, shared mobility services, and transport innovations from the private sector. Photo by Taro Taylor/Flickr...

Posted November 5, 2014