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The Role of Private Developers in Sustainable Mobility

Gated communities are on the rise on Bangalore’s periphery. As demand for housing increases and incomes rise across Indian cities, private developers play an important role in promoting sustainable development by ensuring access to alternative modes...

Posted October 30, 2014    

Safer Cities for the Asian Century

Despite daunting challenges, rapidly urbanizing Asian cities have a range of options to improve road safety and save lives. Photo by Ashok/Flickr.With the next few decades expected to witness Asia’s swift rise in economic and political influence,...

Posted October 29, 2014    

How Ciclovías Contribute to Mobility and Quality of Life in Latin America and in Cities Worldwide

Latin America’s ciclovías have inspired cities worldwide to close streets to cars and promote healthy lifestyles and active transport. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr.Though rapid urbanization can impair mobility and quality of life, Latin American...

Posted October 27, 2014    

Uphill Cycling a Breeze Thanks to This City's Bike Escalator

Would you be more likely to bike if the hills in your city had bike escalators? Photo by Miljøpakken/Flickr.Do steep hills prevent you from biking? They don’t have to. The city of Trondheim, Norway, has demonstrated an original way to promote...

Posted October 23, 2014    

Transit and Residential Neighborhoods: Questioning the Affordability of Residential Neighborhoods Around Metro Rail Stations

Delhi faces the challenge of ensuring that neighborhoods have access to quality public transport without compromising housing affordability. Shown here: commercialization around the Pitampura Metro Station in the Dakshini Pitampura area. Photo by...

Posted October 22, 2014    

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