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Recyclables Traded for Bus Fare at Bus Stations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

February 1, 2016 by The Global Grid

Terminal Alvorada, Alvorada bus terminal of the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil From October 19 to November 19, 2015, the city of Rio de Janeiro tested a machine that accepted recyclable materials in exchange for a bus pass. The machine was located in the Alvorada bus terminal of the Barra da Tijuca neighborhood, and sat next to the normal ticket windows. Upon depositing five pieces of waste for recycling, the user was given a prepaid RioCard loaded with R$ 3.40 — the value of a one way trip.[read more]

UberPOOL Is the New Networking Tool

January 27, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

UberPOOL launched in Toronto last week. It was tested in Toronto last summer and it’s been available in other cities for awhile, but now it’s officially here. If you’re not yet familiar with UberPOOL, it basically allows you to share your ride with other people who are headed in the same direction. I’ve heard some people on Twitter complain about route inefficiencies, but I’ve had only positive experiences with it so far.[read more]

Ideas and Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Living

January 26, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

Connect4Climate recently co-hosted Sustainability Week, a series of panel discussions and events with the Hospital Club, a social venue in central London, created by Paul Allen co-founder of Microsoft and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, that encourages the free flow of ideas and innovative solutions. Sustainability Week, now in its third consecutive year, was a program sparked by its members in particular Steve Malkin, Guy Battle and Rupesh Madlani who were instrumental in arranging this year’s event. The Week brought together climate experts, industry leaders, city administrators and influencers with the creative minds of the Club’s members and invited guests in the days leading up to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris (COP21).[read more]

After Years of Silence the Mayor of Marseille, France Speaks Out About Cycling

January 21, 2016 by The Global Grid

The fact is rare enough to be remarkable. After several years of silence from the 21-year incumbent Mayor of Marseille, Jean-Claude Gaudin, finally spoke about the bicycle. And no less than twice in eight days. Don’t, however, expect a raving tirade in favor of cycling from the future president of the metropolis.[read more]

Toronto's King Street to Be Transformed into a Transit + Pedestrian Corridor

January 21, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

By spring 2017, Toronto hopes to have a pilot project in place that will transform King Street – running from Liberty Village in the west to the Distillery District in the east – into a priority-transit and pedestrian corridor.[read more]

Durham, North Carolina Adopts New Road Diet for Busy Business Corridor

January 20, 2016 by The Global Grid

In North Carolina, Durham transportation engineers recently completed a re-striping process on the state-maintained highway, U.S. 15-501. This was completed in an effort to accommodate a road diet plan that will ensure a safer road for vehicles. The intent is to discourage speeding through a commercial area where vehicles routinely travel 10 to 15 mph faster than the 35 mph posted limit.[read more]

Bringing Public Transit Into the 21st Century

January 11, 2016 by Brandon Donnelly

Last Friday the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority, announced that 30 subway stations will be redesigned and that “millennial-friendly amenities” would be added throughout the system.[read more]

Cycling to the Boro-ichi Market in Setagaya, Tokyo

December 18, 2015 by Byron Kidd

Setagaya Boro-ichi has been officially recognised as one of Tokyo's intangible cultural assets dating back over 430 years. Beginning in he 1570s as a "free market" where taxes were removed to boost the ailing economy Boro-ichi flourished as a place to buy and sell old fabric scraps. Later Boro-ichi became a year-end market adding farming equipment and New Years goods to the list if items on sale and was held on December 15th each year.[read more]

Leapfrog or Lock-in? Exploring the Potential Impact of Carsharing

December 17, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

Growing from 6 operators in 2012 to 41 by mid-2015, carsharing is rapidly expanding in emerging markets worldwide. What is the future of carsharing? What impact will this innovation have on cities?[read more]

India Can’t Afford to Lose Any More Lives Due to Road Crashes

December 16, 2015 by TheCityFix - produced by WRICities

Globally, 1.3 million people die each year in road traffic crashes. India, with only 2 percent of the global motor vehicle population, accounts for more than 10 percent of those fatalities.[read more]

In the Century of Cities

December 9, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Back in the 1970s or 80s, Abu-Dhabi and Dubai were about 100 miles apart, separated by deserts. Today, if you travel between them you will see they are increasingly connected by built up urban corridors, and hence people now call it “Abu-Dubai”. India has a couple of these as well – the Greater Delhi area, and Mumbai-Pune, two very important financial and technological centres connected by an expressway. And there is of course the original megalopolis, the Tokyo-Nagoya- Osaka corridor, which has over 80 million people.[read more]

Sustainable Transport: Building Equitable and Low-Carbon Cities

By the year 2030, one billion more people will need to access transport; of these individuals, 870 million will be located in Asia and Africa. Troublingly, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport—under a business-as-usual scenario—are projected to rise from 23 percent to 33 percent by 2050, according to the International Transport Forum.[read more]