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In Which Cities Is It Quicker to Walk and Cycle than Drive a Car?

May 19, 2015 by David Thorpe

What's the point of this?

It's cities with high employment and GDP that experience the biggest increases in traffic congestion and where it's faster to cycle than drive. In New Delhi average driving speeds are now approaching walking speed. In London, travel speeds are now the same as 100 years ago. As it's experiencing a 24% boom in office construction, congestion can only get worse unless drastic action is taken.[read more]

How Detroit's Degrowth Plan Pits Sustainability Against Austerity, Blazing a Path for Other Cities In Crisis to Follow

May 19, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Detroit's Degrowth Plan is very detailed.

Detroit is pioneering a path for other cities to follow, as a way out of austerity. After declaring bankruptcy, it's been able to attract investment because its degrowth coalition has clearly articulated a detailed, innovative plan for the city’s future based on improving the quality of life for all citizens and sustainable land use.[read more]

Check How Your Area Ranks on a Livability Index of US Cities

May 19, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Check how your area ranks

AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) is backing liveable, walkable, affordable communities for seniors. Its new liveability index of US cities provides an easy-to-use tool that enables anyone to plug in an address or zip code to determine how liveable their community is.[read more]

Where is Walking in the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

May 18, 2015 by Walk21 Vienna

The SDGs need to promote walking and currently don't

This September the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will set the new strategic framework for all UN member states to inform their political agendas and policy initiatives over the next 15 years. While walking will underpin attempts to achieve many of the targets outlined in the Goals, walking is actually absent from them. Why?[read more]

Paris, France Plans to Be the World's Biking Capital by 2020

Biking Support in Paris

From now until 2020, the trips made on bikes in the capital could triple. Paris could even become “the biking world capital.” It’s what everyone hopes. In order to accomplish this, it will be necessary to improve and review many things. However, one of the priorities remaining is to increase the number of bike lanes.[read more]

Creatively Engaging Road Safety with a Graphic Narrative

Safety in Comics

India has the highest number of accident fatalities in the world. But the pressing issue of road safety is rarely taken seriously. This is particularly apparent, given the high frequency and intensity of risks that motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists take on a daily basis.[read more]

Do Freeways Belong Inside Cities?

May 14, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Freeways and Cities

About a week and a half ago I was in Dallas for a conference. My first freeway experience in the city was in a taxi that was stuck in traffic for over an hour on some highway in between DFW Airport and downtown where the conference hotel was.[read more]

Istanbul to Build 1,050km of Cycle Lanes to Beat Congestion and Poor Air

Biking Support in Istanbul

With 14 million people living in dense communities, Istanbul has faced intense traffic congestion and low air quality. To improve livability and public health, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM)—the agency responsible for cycling projects— is turning to active design targets, pledging to build 1,050 km of cycle lanes in Istanbul by 2023.[read more]

Top 4 Portuguese Smart Cities: Bragança, Lisbon, Oporto, and Oeiras

May 11, 2015 by Vitor Pereira

Smart Cities in Portugal

A recent study, presented in Lisbon at the Analytical Cities event, presents an independent evaluation tool for good practices in energy, environment, government, mobility, buildings, services and communication. It places Bragança, Lisbon, Oporto and Oeiras at the top 4 intelligent cities in Portugal.[read more]

There's a Social Element to the Nature in Cities

May 11, 2015 by The Nature of Cities

Social, Nature, and Cities

Thanks to a bunch of canny coyotes, we have been reminded of the presence of nature in cities and the human interaction with nature, both in New York and other cities. These lessons are applicable to the many cities where humans and nature interact, and also to how people relate in a social way with nature.[read more]

Most Dangerous Favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is First to Build Bike Lanes

Transport Infrastructure in Favelas

The first cycle lane for a favela in Brazil is being built, connecting it to a Bus Rapid Transit (still being built), a train station, commercial center for shops and jobs and Rio de Janeiro university![read more]

Sausalito in a Backwards Fight Against Ferries

May 9, 2015 by David Edmondson

Transportation and Local Policy

Sausalito had struggled with its success. Tourists on rental bikes flood the town every summer. Recent attempts by the city council to cope with the challenge have been less about addressing the issue and more about resentment against tourists, cyclists, and the ferries they rely upon.[read more]