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The Many Advantages of an Urban Cable Car like Medellín's Metrocable

Medellín, Colombia’s Metrocable aerial cable car system helps connect residents of the city’s informal settlements to jobs and opportunities in the urban core. Photo by Mariana Gil/ EMBARQ Brasil.Latin America’s rate of urbanization peaked in the...

Posted January 29, 2015    

Urban Design for Safer Roads: Insights from EMBARQ Turkey's RSLab

Turkey has one of the highest traffic fatality rates in the world. Better road infrastructure design and sustainable mobility can change that, reducing crashes and saving lives. Photo by Quinn Dombrowski/Flickr. More than 1.2 million people...

Posted January 28, 2015    

Six Mayors Who Bike, and Why This is a Good Thing

From São Paulo to Jakarta, mayors are leading their citizens into the streets and onto their bicycles. Pictured (from top left): Joko Widodo (Jakarta, Indonesia) and Boris Johnson (London, United Kingdom), Fernando Haddad (São Paulo, Brazil),...

Posted January 28, 2015    

People-Oriented Streets and the Built Environment: Lee Schipper Memorial Scholars Present at Transforming Transportation 2015

Erik Vergel-Tovar (left) of Colombia and Madeline Brozen (right) of the United States—recipients of the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship—presented their research findings at Transforming Transportation 2015. Photos by Zhou Jia/WRI.Last week’s...

Posted January 24, 2015    

Transport Plays a Key Role in Urban Air Quality

Transport plays a growing role in both the global climate and public health in cities like Londrina, Brazil (pictured). Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.The city is like an organism, and the swift movement of people and goods is the oxygen that...

Posted January 22, 2015    

Who Needs Cars? Smart Mobility Can Make Cities Sustainable

Metrobús, Mexico City’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, began operations in 2005 and now serves 855,000 passengers every day. Line 4 (pictured) was launched in 2012 and currently serves 50,000 passengers daily. Photo by Taís Policanti/EMBARQ Mexico....

Posted January 21, 2015    

Why Cities are the Solution to Climate Change: A Q&A with Ani Dasgupta

Though cities contribute a majority of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, they also provide forums for collaboration among diverse stakeholders to incubate climate change solutions. Photo by Wolfgang Staut/Flickr.2015 is a year of utmost...

Posted January 20, 2015    

What Will it Take to Create Smart Cities in India?

With the right priorities and development strategies, India’s smart cities initiative has the potential to make cities more sustainable, inclusive, and safe. Photo by rebel/Flickr.In June 2014, the Government of India announced its ambitious plan to...

Posted January 19, 2015    

Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro Announced Co-Winners of the 2015 Sustainable Transport Award

The Brazilian cities of Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo were honored with the 2015 Sustainable Transport Award, recognizing profound vision and leadership in sustainable urban mobility.The winners of the 2015 Sustainable Transport...

Posted January 18, 2015    

How Cities can Save Lives: Build Safer Bus Systems

Bus priority systems have a track record of social and environmental benefits for cities. Now, research shows that bus priority systems – when accompanied with key road design features – can save lives in cities. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil....

Posted January 17, 2015    

Paint Can Do More to Transform Your City Than You Think

Tirana, Albania painted buildings throughout the city with bright designs to increase residents’ sense of belonging and hope for the city’s future. Photo by Joonas Lyytinen.As Mayor of Tirana, Albania, Edi Rama had an unconventional strategy to make...

Posted January 16, 2015    

Want Healthy, Thriving Cities? Tackle Traffic Safety First

As vehicle ownership grows in cities worldwide, it becomes increasingly important for cities to implement well-designed bus systems that improve road safety for all users. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ.Every year, more than 1.2 million people die in...

Posted January 15, 2015