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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    

Bus Rapid Transit Wins Battle with Cars in Indore

The experience of Indore, India shows why bus rapid transit (BRT) lanes need to be separate from normal car traffic in order achieve its potential as a fast, efficient mode of transport. Photo by EMBARQ/Flickr.This article was originally published...

Posted March 13, 2015    

Using Transport Demand Management to Move Beyond Auto-Dependency

With strong transport demand management (TDM) strategies, cities can move beyond auto-dependency towards sustainable, people-oriented mobility. Photo by Dylan Passmore/Flickr.A century of car-centric urban development has left our cities polluted,...

Posted March 11, 2015    

Four Women Leaders 'Making it Happen' for Sustainable Cities

Women worldwide are making our cities more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable places to live. This International Women’s Day, salute the women leaders working to transform your city. Photo by New York City DOT/Flickr.International Women’s Day was...

Posted March 10, 2015    

How to Obtain a Holistic Perspective on Streets and Mobility in Three Steps

Rather than making traffic worse, complete streets—like this one in Juiz de Fora, Brazil—facilitate more efficient urban mobility by providing adequate, protected space for all. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.Too many cities currently evaluate...

Posted March 9, 2015    

How Tactical Urbanism is Shaping Cities for People, by People

Colorful intersection repair is one example of how citizens are using tactical urbanism to improve cities and make them more human-centered. Photo by Greg Raisman/Flickr.Like many DIY, post-recession movements that have sprung up in the past few...

Posted March 8, 2015    

Four Cities' Solutions to Sustainable Garbage Processing

Creative waste management strategies can play a critical role in helping cities improve their energy efficiency and become more sustainable in the long-term. Photo by Emanuele Toscano/Flickr.Cities around the world face many challenges to their...

Posted March 6, 2015    

Riding São Paulo's New 24-Hour Bus into the Sunrise

With the launch of its web-based mobile app, São Paulo’s bus system allows late-night bus users to receive real-time information about the city’s new 24-hour lines. Photo by Marlise Rodrigues/Flickr.For São Paulo, the largest city in the southern...

Posted March 5, 2015    

Six Ideas for Building Cycling Culture from the World Bicycle Forum

Last week’s World Bicycle Forum gave city and transport leaders the opportunity to learn from one another and discuss effective ways to strengthen cycling culture worldwide. Photo by Claudio Olivares Medina/Flickr.Last week, over 4,000 people...

Posted March 4, 2015    

Lahore's Roads to Nowhere

Lahore, like many Pakistani cities, is struggling with a trend towards car-centric development that has resulted in intense traffic congestion and air pollution. Photo by Luke X. Martin/Flickr.Lahore, Pakistan is on a dangerous path toward a future...

Posted March 3, 2015    

Mapping the Way to Safer Urban Mobility

Powerful mapping technologies like geographic information systems (GIS) provide critical insights into crime patterns, enabling transport authorities and city leaders to make public transit safer for city residents. Photo by kris krüg/Flickr....

Posted March 2, 2015