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Toward Car-Free Cities: 3 Reasons Why London’s Congestion Charge Is Working

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 07:43:05 +0000

“Toward Car-Free Cities,” a blog series by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities’ Urban Mobility Team, explores the challenges and opportunities for Transport Demand Management (TDM) strategies. TDM focuses on reducing the demand for private vehicles through combining public policy ...

Are We Ready for Autonomous Vehicles? The Uncertain Road Ahead

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 18:30:41 +0000

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are already being tested in California, Pittsburgh, Singapore, Paris and Oslo. As they spread, they are becoming a natural flashpoint for debate. Proponents of AVs point to their promise of a safer, faster, cleaner and more convenient ...

Ride-Hailing: Great for Users, But Sustainability Is an Open Question

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 19:04:36 +0000

“Ride-hailing” or “ride-sourcing” companies like Uber, Easy Taxi, Ola and Didi have made it much easier for passengers to get around cities everywhere, providing real-time location data, increasingly accurate arrival times, seamless payment and customized services. Goldman Sachs estimates the ...

Are Trains Better Than Bus Rapid Transit Systems? A Look at the Evidence

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:43:32 +0000

The world’s great public transit systems: Tokyo’s Metro, London’s Tube, Hong Kong’s MTR…and Mexico City’s bus rapid transit corridors? Trains are often seen as the pinnacle of modern urban transport infrastructure. They’re green and efficient, supported by permanent, complex track ...

Do Bus Rapid Transit Systems Improve Equity? A Look at the Evidence

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 07:00:09 +0000

Some time ago, professor Christo Venter of the University of Pretoria sent me an intriguing message: Did I have data on how bus rapid transit systems, or BRTs, affect equity in cities? Impact evaluations for changes in travel time, cost, ...

Toward Car-Free Cities: The Inalienable Right to Park in Bogotá

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:58:37 +0000

“Toward Car-Free Cities,” a blog series by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities’ Urban Mobility Team, explores the challenges and opportunities for Transport Demand Management (TDM) strategies. TDM focuses on reducing the demand for private vehicles through combining public policy ...

WRI Ross Center at the Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 21:52:39 +0000

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting will be held in Washington D.C. on January 7-12. The meeting program will cover all modes of transportation, with more than 5,000 presentations in over 800 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest ...

Urban Freeways: Putting Out Fire with Gasoline?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:18:53 +0000

The construction of urban highways continues in many places. In Latin America, we see ongoing projects in Santiago (Américo Vespucio Oriente), Lima (Línea Amarilla), Quito (Solución Vial Guayasamín), São Paulo (Rodoanel Mário Covas) and Mexico City (Segundo Piso a Cuernavaca), ...

A New Agenda for Road Safety in Urban Areas

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 19:12:06 +0000

Habitat III in Quito was the largest UN meeting to date, with more than 36,000 people from 167 countries, thousands of organizations and institutions, hundreds of meetings and side events and the adoption of the New Urban Agenda (NUA). Habitat ...

New Urban Transport Models Can Help Create Sustainable Cities

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 20:47:53 +0000

Urban leaders from around the world are meeting in Quito, Ecuador, October 17-20, 2016, to set the global agenda for the future of cities at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, known as Habitat III. Through ...

Driverless Uber and nuTonomy: A Future to Cheer or Fear?

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:28:26 +0000

The future is here, or it is very close: Uber announced “driverless” car services in downtown Pittsburgh; nuTonomy, a MIT spin-off technology company, just started commercial trials of autonomous taxis in Singapore.  These developments come way before car manufacturers and ...

An Olympic Legacy: Why Rio’s Residents Now Have a Different City at the End of the Games

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:08:42 +0000

The Olympics have given us the opportunity to meet the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro. The landscape of Guanabara Bay, the famous beaches, Sugarloaf Mountain, Lagoa and the tropical forest are so beautiful, it feels natural that the Portuguese ...

Delhi’s Air Quality Crisis: Lessons from Beijing, Mexico and Bogotá

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:47:52 +0000

With 26 million inhabitants, Delhi’s metropolitan area is the fifth largest in the world. But the city also has terrible air quality, with an annual average particulate matter 15 times the recommendation of the World Health Organization. Air pollution is ...

Why Reducing Speeds Is Key to Improving Traffic Safety

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 20:27:37 +0000

At a training session at the World Bank in Washington, DC two years ago, Dr. Kavi Bhalla  from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health asked attendees to look down at the palms of their hands. The meeting included ...

New Research Shows How BRT Ridership Is Making Bogota a Healthier City

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 20:34:31 +0000

Physical inactivity is one of the ten leading risk factors for death worldwide. Approximately 5.3 million people die prematurely every year due to cardiovascular diseases, breast and colon cancer and diabetes and other illnesses associated with sedentary lifestyles. According to The ...

Bogotá’s New Bike Lane: Not Just a Change in Direction, But a Change in Message

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:48:14 +0000

As part of Bogotá’s 16th annual car-free day on February 4, 2016 the city reaffirmed its commitment to safe cycling by converting one of the four lanes on Carrera 11—a major road—into a two-way bike lane. The road has included ...

With a (Not So) New Mayor, Bogotá Refocuses Its Attention on Public Transport

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 21:56:33 +0000

In his inaugural address on January 1, 2016, Mayor of Bogota Enrique Peñalosa outlined some ambitious goals. In line with the achievements of his first administration, Peñalosa declared his vision to make Bogota a world leader in sustainable mobility with the “best public transport ...

Upcoming Event: The 95th Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 22:11:00 +0000

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 95th Annual Meeting will be held January 10–14, 2016, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The information-packed program is expected to attract more than 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world. ...

After 15 Years of Moving People, Here’s What Bogotá’s BRT Should Do Next

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 14:46:35 +0000

The official inauguration of the TransMilenio bus rapid transit (BRT) system took place 15 years ago today, on December 4th of 2000; the event was a milestone for public transportation in Bogotá, Colombia, and changed the way the world thought ...

Where BRT Came from, and Where It’s Going

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 20:27:36 +0000

Bus rapid transit (BRT) and Bus of High Level of Service (BHLS) have been implemented in 197 cities around the world, with corridors extending a total of 5,000 km and carrying 32 million passengers per day.  Furthermore, as cities continue ...

Learning from Delhi’s BRT Failure, and Looking to the City’s Future

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 15:55:08 +0000

In an appeal to scrap the current BRT corridor in Delhi, Saurabh Bharadwaj, former transport minister said: “The stretch on which this BRT has been made was not the best choice. For one, the bus lanes are in the middle ...

To Subsidize or Not to Subsidize Public Transport: That Is the Question

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:26:58 +0000

Subsidizing users’ fares for public transport may sound like a great idea, and often there are good economic reasons for doing so. In all industrialized and many developing countries, urban transport systems are subsidized with public funds in order to ...

What Cities Can Learn From Greater Toronto’s Transit-Oriented Development

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:46:08 +0000

While there are many inspiring examples of walkable, transit-oriented cities in Europe, there’s also plenty to learn from Canada. For example, with the extraordinary help of Jane Jacobs and other leaders, Toronto has been able to successfully keep expressways out ...

People-centric smart cities: five ways technology can support better urban living

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:09:28 +0000

What are smart cities? While there isn’t a standard definition, consensus is growing around the idea that smart cities utilize technology to foster green development, innovation, and new forms of citizen participation. Smart cities currently enjoy a strong positive image, ...

Bus rapid transit buses win battle with cars in Indore

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:49:10 +0000

This article was originally published in the Deccan Herald on February 25, 2015. After five years of construction, Indore opened one of India’s few bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in May 2013. Operations started with a fraction of the total ...

Six ideas for building cycling culture from the World Bicycle Forum

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:24:29 +0000

Last week, over 4,000 people gathered for the fourth World Bicycle Forum. This citizen-driven event was created by bike activists in Porto Alegre, Brazil after a car plowed through a group of bikers at a critical mass event in March ...

Mobility solutions for marginalized communities: The urban cable car

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:08:34 +0000

Latin America’s rate of urbanization peaked in the 1960s and 1970s, during which the region’s cities saw unprecedented rural to urban migration. In the following decades, violence in many of these population-drained rural areas accelerated the flow of rural migrants ...

Urbanism Hall of Fame: Enrique Peñalosa leads Bogotá’s inclusive urban transformation

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:00:05 +0000

This is the seventh entry in the Urbanism Hall of Fame series, exclusive to TheCityFix. This series is intended to inform people about the leading paradigms surrounding sustainable transport and urban planning and the thinkers behind them. By presenting their many stories, TheCityFix ...

Urbanism Hall of Fame: Pasqual Maragall uses the Olympics to transform Barcelona into a global city

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 15:48:41 +0000

This is the sixth entry in the Urbanism Hall of Fame series, exclusive to TheCityFix. This series is intended to inform people about the leading paradigms surrounding sustainable transport and urban planning and the thinkers behind them. By presenting their many ...

How ciclovías contribute to mobility and quality of life in Latin America and in cities worldwide

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:32:26 +0000

Though rapid urbanization can impair mobility and quality of life, Latin American cities have responded to this challenge with creative, low cost, and high impact solutions. Some of these initiatives have set an example for the rest of the world. ...