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Mumbai is Ready For "Equal Streets - A Citizens' Movement"

Car ownership is on the rise in Indian cities, but Mumbai’s new Equal Streets movement will help people take back the streets every Sunday while encouraging community interaction and active lifestyles. Photo by 350.org.Every day, Mumbai residents...

Posted November 10, 2014    

Dancing Zebras for Safer Streets

This zebra directing traffic is not a joke. It is one of hundreds of city employees saving lives while making streets in La Paz, Bolivia friendlier for pedestrians. Photo via oneillinstituteblog.org.The streets of La Paz, Bolivia present severe...

Posted November 7, 2014    

Three Maps Help Explain São Paulo, Brazil's Water Crisis

São Paulo is experiencing a drought so extreme that the city could run out of water, and it is only one of many populous Brazilian cities that face significant risk for drought in future years. Photo by Martha Slivak/Flickr.The worst drought to grip...

Posted November 6, 2014    

A "New Normal" for Sustainable Transport in Chinese Cities

With the right government leadership, the new normal for sustainable transport in Chinese cities will include more transit-oriented development, shared mobility services, and transport innovations from the private sector. Photo by Taro Taylor/Flickr...

Posted November 5, 2014    

What if There Was No Need for Cars in the World's Biggest Cities?

Helsinki, Finland announced ambitious plans to eliminate the need for cars by 2025, making it an ideal site to explore the range of possibilities for the future of sustainable urban mobility. Photo by Katri Niemi/Flickr.This question is at once...

Posted November 4, 2014    

Public Art for Brighter Cities

Public art can help shape vibrant, cohesive communities. What role does art play in your city? Photo by João Perdigão/Flickr.Cities in the United States can now participate in the Public Art Challenge, a new program to support innovative temporary...

Posted November 1, 2014    

How Providing Wi-Fi can Increase Mass Transit Ridership

Wi-Fi is becoming increasingly prevalent on transport systems, and could help shift users away from private vehicle use and towards mass transport. Photo by Jens Schott Knudsen/Flickr.The global rise of smartphone usage has a number of implications...

Posted October 31, 2014    

The Role of Private Developers in Sustainable Mobility

Gated communities are on the rise on Bangalore’s periphery. As demand for housing increases and incomes rise across Indian cities, private developers play an important role in promoting sustainable development by ensuring access to alternative modes...

Posted October 30, 2014    

Safer Cities for the Asian Century

Despite daunting challenges, rapidly urbanizing Asian cities have a range of options to improve road safety and save lives. Photo by Ashok/Flickr.With the next few decades expected to witness Asia’s swift rise in economic and political influence,...

Posted October 29, 2014    

How Ciclovías Contribute to Mobility and Quality of Life in Latin America and in Cities Worldwide

Latin America’s ciclovías have inspired cities worldwide to close streets to cars and promote healthy lifestyles and active transport. Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr.Though rapid urbanization can impair mobility and quality of life, Latin American...

Posted October 27, 2014    

Uphill Cycling a Breeze Thanks to This City's Bike Escalator

Would you be more likely to bike if the hills in your city had bike escalators? Photo by Miljøpakken/Flickr.Do steep hills prevent you from biking? They don’t have to. The city of Trondheim, Norway, has demonstrated an original way to promote...

Posted October 23, 2014    

Transit and Residential Neighborhoods: Questioning the Affordability of Residential Neighborhoods Around Metro Rail Stations

Delhi faces the challenge of ensuring that neighborhoods have access to quality public transport without compromising housing affordability. Shown here: commercialization around the Pitampura Metro Station in the Dakshini Pitampura area. Photo by...

Posted October 22, 2014