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The Perfect Storm: One Country's History of Urban Sprawl

Mexico’s history of urban sprawl holds important lessons for policy and leadership in urban development. Photo by Pablo Lopez Luz/Imgur.As some cities tout the benefits of sustainable transport and transit-oriented development (TOD), it is hard to...

Posted March 10, 2014    

Three Challenges Facing India's Growing Cities

In the past two decades, Indian cities have grown tremendously—not only in population, but in geographic size. Photo by Peter Vandeput/Flickr.Population growth and rapid urbanization are combining to create huge challenges for Indian cities. ...

Posted March 7, 2014    

New Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles are a "Win-Win-Win"

New fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles like buses are important in moving towards a smaller carbon footprint. Photo by Zolk/Flickr.America’s vehicles are on the road to becoming cleaner.Last week,...

Posted March 5, 2014    

E-Bikes Bring Individual and Sustainable Transport to China

Shanghai is one of China’s many cities which has seen the proliferation of bottom-up innovations, such as e-bikes, to tackle the problem of urban mobility. Photo by 2 dogs/Flickr.In developed cities, new mobility options typically only penetrate the...

Posted March 3, 2014    

Building the Ideal City: Citizen Participation From the Ground Up

Online platforms provide citizens with new ways to shape urban development in their own backyard. Photo by Claudio Olivares Medina/Flickr.Many developing world cities are experiencing population explosions at the same time as they face funding gaps...

Posted March 1, 2014    

Building Towards Better Bike-Sharing Systems

Mexico City’s Ecobici bike-share system is one of the best in the world due to its high usage and integration with city’s overall transport system. Photo by Eneas de Troya/Flickr.Less than ten years ago Lyon, France launched the first successful,...

Posted February 28, 2014    

Mexico City Park Partnerships' Role in Urban Revitalization

Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park attracts both residents and tourists to its pedestrian-friendly thoroughfares. Photo by Austin TX/Flickr.Vibrant parks and public spaces are invaluable in creating sustainable, people-oriented cities. Recently, 8-80...

Posted February 27, 2014    

A New Approach: Social Factors in Urban Development

Bogotá, Colombia’s Transmilenio bus rapid transit (BRT) system has been successful in integrating social equity into transport planning and urban design. Photo by RonaldHV/Flickr.When a new urban redevelopment scheme is proposed, developers and city...

Posted February 26, 2014    

Is Separate Equal? An Opinion on Women's Equality in Transportation

Separate subway cars allow women safe access to transport in Mumbai, India. Photo by ezola/Flickr.Disrespect to women in any form is unacceptable, including while using public transport. While the long term solution to this disrespect relies on...

Posted February 24, 2014    

Maps Modernize Informal Transport in Nairobi

New maps give matutu bus drivers new knowledge that will allow them to better harness the transport market in the city of Nairobi, Kenya. Photo by Olli Pitkanen/Flickr.On the heels of Google recently releasing its new version of Google Maps –...

Posted February 23, 2014    

Lessons From the C40 Mayors Summit: Scaling Up Solutions for Resilient, Livable Cities

Cape Town, South Africa is one of a growing movement of C40 Cities implementing transport demand management (TDM) strategies that call for increased biking and walking. Photo by Warren Rohner/Flickr.More than 70 percent of the world’s...

Posted February 21, 2014    

Creating a Cycling Culture in Kadiköy, Istanbul

Narrow, cobblestone paths in the neighborhood of Kadikoy, Istanbul make for interesting pedestrian thoroughfares, but many design changes will need to be made to create a vibrant bicycle culture. Photo by Andy Carvin/Flickr.Walking along Moda Cadesi...

Posted February 18, 2014