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How Addis Ababa is on the Frontier of Sustainable Transport for African Cities

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s crowded downtown streets are soon to get some relief as the city prepares to open its first major public transport system, a light rail. Photo by Sam Effron/Flickr.East Africa doesn’t make a lot of headlines for its...

Posted February 18, 2015    

'I Want to Ride the Pink Bus': The Problem with Public Transport's Public Image

Bangalore’s BIG Bus network is bright, colorful, and saves city residents time and money. Photo by Benoit Colin/EMBARQ.In many parts of the world, the bus is suffering from a public image crisis. According to a report by the US Federal Transit...

Posted February 17, 2015    

The Two Things India Must Get Right for its Economic Future

Renewable energies and connected, compact cities are the key to unlocking sustainable economic growth for India’s urban future. Photo by Binu K S/Flickr.Taking even a quick look at India’s current pattern of growth, it’s not hard to see both the...

Posted February 16, 2015    

Transforming Transportation 2015: Turning Momentum Into Action

Transforming Transportation 2015 helped inform clear actions city leaders can take to make sustainable mobility a reality in cities worldwide. Photo by Andrew Crump/Flickr.What will the city of the future look like? How can we unlock the potential...

Posted February 14, 2015    

Bogotá, Colombia Celebrates its 15th Annual Car-Free Day

For Bogotá’s 15th annual car-free day yesterday, residents had the chance to walk and bike together in their city’s streets to build a year-round culture of sustainable mobility. Photo by Carlos Felipe Pardo/Flickr.Recently, Bogotá, Colombia...

Posted February 13, 2015    

Empowering Citizens to Shape Their City: Brazil's New Approach to Public Participation

Brazilian cities like Belo Horizonte are embracing public participation as a way to improve their citizens’ quality of life. Photo by Mariana Gil/EMBARQ Brasil.Citizen participation is a critical—and often overlooked—aspect of successful urban...

Posted February 12, 2015    

Why Public Transport Needs to Work for Women, Too

Public transport in India needs to be safe, accessible, and responsive to the distinct needs of women. Photo by Benoit Colin/EMBARQ.Men and women use public transport in different ways because of their distinct social roles and economic activities....

Posted February 11, 2015    

What Human-Centered Design Teaches Us About Making Cities Car-Optional

Mexico City has already transformed its historic downtown to be more pedestrian friendly. What would the city look like if it continued in the car-free direction? Photo by Justin Swan/Flickr.Previously on TheCityFix, we took you through the initial...

Posted February 9, 2015    

Four Great Examples of Art in Metro Stations and Why It's Popular

A successful transport system connects people with their city not only physically, but also culturally. While public transport can sometimes be perceived as anonymous and impersonal, metro stations that engage culturally with the communities they...

Posted February 6, 2015    

How to Enable Safer Access to Mass Transit in Indian Cities

To help planners and city leaders, EMBARQ, part of the Sustainable Cities program of the World Resources Institute in India, has developed the Safe Access Manual: Safe Access to Mass Transit Stations in Indian Cities.This graphic details the...

Posted February 4, 2015    

New Survey Shows Increased Satisfaction with Urban Transport in São Paulo

According to a recent poll, residents of São Paulo are increasingly satisfied transport in their city, mainly due to new bike paths and a reduction in the average waiting time for city buses. Photo by Rafael Taminato Hirata/Flickr.Are you satisfied...

Posted February 3, 2015    

New Pilot Program Aims to Expand Energy Efficiency in Chinese Cities

Retrofitting public buildings to be more energy efficient is an important step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions in China. Photo by Brendan Corey Benson/Flickr.As China urbanizes, buildings in the country’s cities are a growing source of...

Posted February 2, 2015