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What Does a Sociological Approach to Safe Cities Reveal?: Findings from a National Workshop in India

In order to make cities safer and public spaces more inviting for all, EMBARQ India studied how women perceive – and how they are perceived in – India’s urban public spaces. Photo by EMBARQ.While concerns of violence against women are not new, women...

Posted July 21, 2014    

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: New Mapping Algorithm Poses Problems and Promise for Cities

Technology is allowing city residents to interact with their surroundings in new ways, which can have both the benefit of advancing sustainable development and the drawback of reinforcing social divisions. Photo by Daniel Chavez/Flickr.Yahoo Labs...

Posted July 18, 2014    

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Emphasize Sustainable Cities in Latest Draft

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) define important priorities for international development over the next 15 years, including the need for safe, sustainable, and inclusive cities. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr.At the 2012 Rio+20...

Posted July 16, 2014    

New BRT Data Shows Cities' Increased Commitment to Sustainable Transport

Bus rapid transit (BRT) is expanding worldwide, particularly in Asia and Latin America. Watch it grow on BRTdata.org. Photo by EMBARQ Brasil.The BRTData.org global database of bus rapid transit (BRT) data has recently been updated, and the increased...

Posted July 15, 2014    

Scaling Up Sustainability: 'Raahgiri Day' Comes to New Delhi

Raahgiri Day, a day in which streets are closed to cars and open to pedestrians and cyclists is a time to celebrate community and human-centered mobility that is swiftly expanding throughout India. Photo by EMBARQ.Raahgiri Day, the weekly event that...

Posted July 14, 2014    

How 'Zero' Became the Biggest Number in Road Safety

New York City leaders have begun implementing a Vision Zero policy in the city, which has helped to create separated bike lanes and greater traffic speed enforcement to decrease road fatalities. Photo by the New York City Department...

Posted July 11, 2014    

Turning the Car Around: Decreasing High-Emission Automobiles is the First Step to a Greener China

Increasing motorization in cities across China is threatening air quality and public health, causing many to ask what reforms can combat the country’s growing culture of car-dependency. Photo by ilmari hyvönen/Flickr.China currently has enough roads...

Posted July 10, 2014    

Study: São Paulo Commuters Lose One Month per Year Sitting in Traffic

São Paulo’s Rua da Consolação is often congested for hours each day, leading residents and city leaders to wonder if other transport modes such as bikes and mass transport can be used to cut down on traffic while increasing sustainable mobility....

Posted July 8, 2014    

To Maracanã and Beyond: World Cup Brings Sustainable Transport Benefits to Brazil

Although Brazil has taken criticism for World Cup infrastructure investments, examples like Belo Horizonte’s MOVE bus rapid transit (BRT) system show how a project can serve visitors and also provide lasting impacts for the people of Brazil. Photo...

Posted July 7, 2014    

Urban Development in Iceland? Check with the Elves First

The people of Iceland balance their respect for historical heritage and folklore with their need to grow, developing projects that preserve important cultural places. Photo by Jani Murtosuo/Flickr.Many planning regulations and multilateral funding...

Posted July 4, 2014    

The Difference Between Data and Wisdom: Smart Cities Have a Lot to Learn

While cities like São Paulo, Brazil, are expanding the technology available to city leaders, good governance remains pivotal to creating a truly ‘smart’ city. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brazil.This article reports on presentations made by ...

Posted July 3, 2014    

Beyond Move in Mexico City: Integrating Sustainable Mobility into the Everyday

Mexico City’s car-free Sundays have created a culture of sustainable mobility that has spread well beyond the weekend. Photo by Carlos Alejandro Figueroa/Flickr.This year marks the seventh anniversary of the “Muévete en bici” (Bike Move) program in...

Posted July 2, 2014