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Density is Great, But Walkability Needs More

February 25, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Walkability isn't just about density

A relatively dense neighborhood still needs to facilitate its residents to walk to more than just their neighbors. A mixture of uses that comprise daily destinations need to be within a manageable radius in order to truly reduce net vehicle miles traveled and get people out on the street.[read more]

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Uber: A Sustainable Disruptor?

February 25, 2015 by John Tucker

A few years ago, “uber” meant nothing more to English speakers than a Web-savvy way to say “super” and sound cool. But now, with a capital U, it’s a part of the vernacular. Uber is the ride-sharing service that has become nearly as popular as New York’s ubiquitous yellow cab. It’s all the rage.[read more]

Public Health and the Road to Safety

February 25, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Urban Traffic Safety Planning

As Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, announces a package of assistance on road safety through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Global Safety Initiative, here is an ugly truth: India has one of the worst road safety records in the world, with around 10 percent of the world's road traffic fatalities in 2013.[read more]

Why India Needs Open Data for Better Urban Mobility

February 23, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India Data Policy and Mobility Support

India’s new initiative to create smart cities across the country has brought to light the need for open and accessible data. Open data has the potential to spark innovation, encourage private and public collaboration, and make moving in cities more comfortable, cost effective, and convenient for all.[read more]

Overcoming China's Institutional Barriers to Sustainable Urban Transport

February 20, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

China and Barriers to Sustainable Transport

China’s top-down system of decision-making has been the root of many transformative changes in the past. So why has it recently been so hard to rally city leaders behind low-carbon transport? The answer has two sides: institutional complexity and lack of political will.[read more]

Car Sharing, the Next Wave of Innovation for Brazilian Cities

February 19, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Car Sharing in Brazil

Mobility is a necessary part of urban life; the challenge is to make it more efficient. Collective transport solutions already exist in many Brazilian cities and are gaining in popularity. But so far, Brazilian cities are only just beginning to explore car share programs as viable alternatives to private car ownership.[read more]

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

February 18, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Addis Ababa and Sustainable Transit

East Africa doesn’t make a lot of headlines for its sustainable transport achievements. That’s changing, as its cities are starting to pioneer innovative new projects to bring urban Africa into the spotlight for sustainable development. But the challenges in the region are many.[read more]

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

February 17, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

Bus Transport's PR Problem

In many parts of the world, the bus is suffering from a public image crisis. According to a report by the US Federal Transit Administration, many people already look down on public transport in general, and the bus in particular is often seen as slow, inconvenient, and uncomfortable.[read more]

What Do Driverless Cars Mean for Suburban Planning?

February 17, 2015 by David Edmondson

Driverless Cars and the Suburbs

Automated, technologically advanced, self-driving cars are coming, and boosters of drivable suburbia are hoping that the adoption of this mode of transportation will be a potent weapon against mass transit and cities. But what they mean for towns and suburbs isn’t quite so clear.[read more]

Are Families Choosing Walkable Communities?

February 16, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Families and Walkable Cities

We are well aware of the young professional boom in our largest cities and walkable communities. But are families choosing these communities as well? We looked at the 50 largest cities to see if families are choosing to live in some of our most walkable communities.[read more]

The Two Things India Must Get Right for its Economic Future

February 16, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by EMBARQ

India Economic Planning

Taking even a quick look at India’s current pattern of growth, it’s not hard to see both the rising energy insecurity and the stress that cities across the country are experiencing. Congestion, urban sprawl, and poor access to reliable energy are daunting challenges to the development of the country.[read more]

What Did the Bay Area Look Like in the Age of Rail?

February 15, 2015 by David Edmondson

Bay Area Rail Transit

A few years ago, I published a map – really a cartogram – showing the service patterns of Marin’s old Interurban system, the light rail that covered all of Central and Southern Marin. Now, I’m starting on something a bit bigger: what did the Bay Area’s rail network look like in 1937?[read more]