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How Bridges Can Benefit From Placemaking

November 20, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

ridges play multiple roles in the built environment. As functional infrastructure, they facilitate transport for hundreds of thousands of people per day. They can be architectural marvels, cultural icons, and tourist attractions. While they are physical connectors, making movement possible between different geographical areas, they can also serve as social connectors, facilitating commerce and interaction between people.[read more]

Orange County Poised to Become a Premier Cycling Destination in North Carolina

November 9, 2015 by The Global Grid

Orange County, North Carolina is quickly becoming a favorite hotspot for cyclists in the Southeast. Local tourism boards are considering leveraging the growing interest as an economic development tool, while improving community branding at the local and regional level.[read more]

How Platform Coops Can Beat Death Star Platforms for a Real Sharing Economy

November 4, 2015 by Shareable .

We have an epic choice before us between platform coops and Death Star platforms, and the time to decide is now. It might be the most important economic decision we ever make, but most of us don't even know we have a choice.[read more]

The Pros and Cons of Intelligent Transport Systems

November 2, 2015 by Rick Robinson

The survey identifies a variety of opportunities for UK innovators in academia and industry to exploit the predicted £56 billion market for intelligent mobility solutions in the UK by 2025, and £900 billion market worldwide. It is rightly optimistic that the UK can be a world leader in those markets.[read more]

Brazil is Ramping up Support of Electric Vehicles

Indeed, while there are a plethora of alternatives to gasoline vehicles available—including electric vehicles produced entirely within Brazil to imported, new technology—they remain largely remain expensive and inaccessible in Brazil. Two recent initiatives, however, are working to decrease the cost of newer vehicles and increase the numbers of vehicles running on electricity.[read more]

#WalkingMatters: Cities Should Be a Good Place for Everyone to Walk

October 29, 2015 by Shareable .

Girl Trek aims to improve black women’s health by organizing communities to walk, even in places where sidewalks are absent and crime rates are high. More than 35,000 African-American women have taken Girl Trek’s pledge to re-establish walking as a healing tradition in their neighborhoods. More than 500 Girl Trek members traveled to Alabama last Spring to walk in celebration of the Selma-to-Birmingham Civil Rights March.[read more]

Common-sense, Low-cost, Short-term Strategies for Safer Urban Streets

October 27, 2015 by evolve environment::architecture

Creating a more convenient bicycle commute also has safety benefits for motorists, transit riders and pedestrians. Why wait?[read more]

Acting Now and Acting Together on Air Quality Management

October 23, 2015 by Celina Plaza

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, USA (ICLEI USA) hosted a delegation of environmental protection and municipal government officials from China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, Jiangsu Provincial Environmental Protection Department, and environmental protection officials from Nanjing, Wuxi, Changzhou, and Suzhou as part of its ongoing activities under the California-China Urban Climate Collaborative (CCUCC).[read more]

New WHO Report a Reminder that Road Safety Progress is “Too Slow”

Today (October 19), the World Health Organization (WHO) released its latest Global status report on road safety, previously published in 2013. The Global status report is the authoritative document for traffic safety, documenting global traffic deaths, analyzing the causes of traffic-related injuries and fatalities, and identifying ways to make progress. The report notes that 1.25 million people are dying every year in road traffic crashes, and explains that progress on road safety is “too slow”—especially for those living in middle- and low-income countries.[read more]


Wild Gift Climate Change Collective Fellowship: Using Wilderness as an Accelerator for Social Entrepreneurs

October 14, 2015 by Carrie Douglas

Are you 21-35? Do you have a WILD idea to change the world? Need some help translating your vision to reality? Wild Gift supports Better World Entrepreneurs through a 16-month Fellowship Program. Using wilderness immersion experiences as a springboard combined with mentoring, seed funding and a collaborative network of support, our unique Fellowship fosters grit, integrity and know-how critical to the long-term success of their groundbreaking ventures.[read more]

The Digital Life of Walkable Streets

October 13, 2015 by Adam Davies

It may be hard to believe, but each day we post over 1.8 billion photos to the internet, thats over 20,000 a second! While many of these are likely to be selfies, there must be many millions of photos of everyday streets and urban places. Each of these photographs holds valuable data about the qualities of each street, but because this data is in a visual format it can be hard to analyse and make sense of the huge number of images that are being posted to social media every day. However, in a recent collaboration between Walkonomics and researchers from Yahoo Labs were able to begin to understand what millions of urban street photos can tell us about walkability.[read more]

Cities Around the World Celebrate International Walk to School Day

This past Wednesday (October 7) marked the celebration of the fifteenth annual International Walk to School Day. Schools in more than 40 countries across the globe participated in the event—including the U.S., Turkey, Brazil and China—encouraging students to walk with friends or parents to school instead of taking private vehicles.[read more]