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Why Smart Growth Cities are Safer, Healthier, and Wealthier

A new report from the New Climate Economy project examines the choice that rapidly developing cities like Ahmedabad have between a future of costly sprawl and a future of smart, connected growth. Photo by Meena Kadri/Flickr.Developing countries are...

Posted March 31, 2015    

Pricing Congestion to Invest in Sustainable Transport: Lessons from London

London’s successes with congestion pricing demonstrates how such policies can be a powerful tool for curbing traffic, encouraging walking and cycling, and raising revenue to support public transit. Photo by mariordo59/Flickr.In 2003, London adopted...

Posted March 30, 2015    

The City Dwellers Who Are Growing Food in India, China and Brazil

As urban agriculture becomes an increasingly important issue for cities like Udaipur, India, community gardens can be one tool for securing residents’ access to food. Photo by Didi/Flickr.In the northern hemisphere, the days are growing longer and...

Posted March 27, 2015    

Three Ways São Paulo Companies Helped Curb Traffic Congestion

As a part of the São Paulo’s transport demand management (TDM) strategy, the city is partnering with private companies to reduce the number of cars on the road, making streets more people-oriented. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.A century of car...

Posted March 26, 2015    

Four Inspirations for Sustainable Transport from Rio

Residents of Rio de Janeiro—cariocas—are enjoying new transport options that connect them to employment, education, and leisure opportunities. Pictured here, three women take the city’s TransOeste BRT to go to school. Photo by Benoit Colin/WRI.Known...

Posted March 24, 2015    

Why Are the Two Most Sustainable Forms of Transport Missing from the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

Many cities in India, including Ahmedabad, have high rates of active transport. Including walking and bicycling in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognizes the role of active transport in creating sustainable, healthy cities. Photo by...

Posted March 23, 2015    

How Smart Regulations can Improve Public Transport in Brazilian Cities

Local governments and private bus operators can work together to improve public transit services and increase productivity. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.Over the past few years, demand for buses has been declining in major Brazilian cities....

Posted March 22, 2015    

Greening the Street for Better Public Spaces

Curitiba, Brazil has one of the world’s highest rates of green space per capita and is considered a top city for walkability. Photo by Jardim Botânico/Flickr.Streets perform a necessary function in the life of cities, like the arteries of a complex...

Posted March 21, 2015    

How the Built Environment Influences Who Rides Bus Rapid Transit

Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems, like Bogotá’s TransMilenio, experience greater levels of ridership if their stations are located in urban environments that are dense, compact, and connected to mixed-use areas and public spaces. Photo by City Clock...

Posted March 20, 2015    

$150 Million to Transform Sustainable Public Transport in Mexico City

With the new investment to modernize and expand Metrobús, Mexico City is making high quality sustainable mobility a reality for its residents. Photo by Taís Policanti/EMBARQ Mexico.With a metropolitan population of more than 21 million people—and...

Posted March 19, 2015    

Want a Cycling City? Design for Traffic Safety

The 2015 World Bicycle Forum brought cycling activists and city leaders together from around the world to discuss how we can make our cities safer by design. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.Two weeks ago, the World Bicycle Forum in Medellín,...

Posted March 18, 2015    

Why Cities Need to Address River Flooding Now

Situated in Thailand’s expansive Chao Phraya river basin, Bangkok is particularly susceptible to urban damage due to river flooding. Photo by Chrisgel Ryan Cruz/Flickr.Cities contribute 70 percent of the world’s energy-related greenhouse gas...

Posted March 16, 2015