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European Mayors Band Their Cities Together to Fight Climate Change

March 30, 2015 by David Thorpe

The Covenant of Mayors

Mayors of 30 cities in Europe have signed a joint initiative on climate change in which they pledged to undertake to "reduce by at least 40% (their) greenhouse gases by 2030", in line with the European Union's goal and pledged to collectively purchase clean energy technology to make it more competitive.[read more]

How Thoughtful Street Design Is Helping Communities and the Economy

March 30, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Street Design and Communit Impact

Streets re-designed with all users in mind - pedestrians, transit users and bicyclists as well as drivers of motor vehicles - generally deliver measurable increases in safety, non-polluting forms of transportation, and economic benefits, says the National Complete Streets Coalition in a new report.[read more]

Pricing Congestion to Invest in Sustainable Transport: Lessons from London

London and Sustainable Transport Investment

In 2003, London adopted a program of congestion pricing that now places a roughly $17 (£11.50) daily fee on motor vehicles entering central London. The effort was expected to reduce car traffic, air pollution, and emissions in the area, and has since been lauded as a major success.[read more]

Three Ways São Paulo Companies Helped Curb Traffic Congestion

Sao Paulo Traffic Solutions

São Paulo’s population is growing—and so is its traffic congestion. Residents of South America’s largest city take more than 43 million trips daily, nearly 30 million of which are in vehicles, mainly private cars. São Paulo‘s average commute time by car is around 1.5 hours.[read more]

Four Inspirations for Sustainable Transport from Rio

Rio and Sustainable Transport

Known for its beautiful natural landscapes, Christ the Redeemer statue, and Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro is an iconic city. Citizens’ ability to access these and local opportunities, though, has been limited in the past due to increased reliance on individual cars generating congestion.[read more]

We Must Make Places Walkable for the Most Vulnerable

March 23, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

They are used to being ignored – all the more reason for planners not to.

As placemakers, city builders, planners, and designers we all too often forget how important inclusion is to our process. We forget the parent struggling to navigate an intersection with a poorly located curb cut, or the elderly person struggling to cross a street in time.[read more]

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The Fused Grid: A New Model for Planning Healthy and Liveable Developments

March 23, 2015 by Luis Rodriguez

Neighborhoods and Development Design

Much has been written about the importance of making our cities healthy and liveable and about what can be done to make them that way. However, much less has been written about when and how we should implement those principles and attributes that are essential to making our cities healthy and liveable.[read more]

How Smart Regulations can Improve Public Transport in Brazilian Cities

Brazil and Transportation Innovation

Over the past few years, demand for buses has been declining in major Brazilian cities. How should city and transport leaders respond to this alarming trend? One possible solution is to improve the quality and productivity of bus service. To achieve this, smart regulations can play an important role.[read more]

In Defense of Pedestrian Flags and Beg Buttons

March 21, 2015 by Bradley Calvert

Pedestrians crossing flags and cross walk buttons are frustrating. They lower the status of pedestrians and reinforce an auto-dominated culture by requiring pedestrians to perform special actions in order to navigate a city. But from a pragmatic perspective, I feel compelled to defend them and their true intent.[read more]

8 Highlights from Medellin's World Bike Forum 2015

March 21, 2015 by This Big City

World Bike Forum

The World Bike Forum 2015 (WBF4) took place in the city of Medellín, Colombia, between 26th February and 1st March. The Forum is one of the region’s major citizen-led events, being designed, organized and maintained by citizens on a voluntary basis to promote the use of bicycles in cities.[read more]

Greening the Street for Better Public Spaces

Green Streets

Streets perform a necessary function in the life of cities, like the arteries of a complex, urban organism. As the Project for Public Spaces notes, city streets “animate the social and economic life of communities” by serving as primary sites for community interaction and exchange.[read more]

How the Built Environment Influences Who Rides Bus Rapid Transit

Ridership and the Built Environment

There are currently 190 cities in the world using bus rapid transit (BRT) systems to serve the mobility needs of more than 31 million daily passengers. there’s also been recent interest in assessing how the built environment affects ridership in different types of BRT corridors.[read more]