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Using Bikes to Improve Mobility in Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

The hills around Rio de Janeiro offer stunning views, but the infrastructure in Rio’s favelas—or informal settlements—is extremely poor. Because of this, and coupled with its steep and winding topography, the hilly shanty towns surrounding Rio de Janeiro can be very inaccessible. Despite these conditions, more than half of all commutes within these communities are made by bike, signaling just how important cycling is to these areas.[read more]

Roads Were Not Built for Cars

July 29, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA
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Before cars there were...

Many people assume roads became the way they are today because of the rise of automobiles. In Roads Were Not Built for Cars, Carlton Reid explains that infrastructure for bicycles, tricycles, and more were the precursors to the later transportation system dominated by automobiles.[read more]

Should Bicycles Be Allowed in Pedestrian Zones?

July 28, 2015 by Mark K Ames

Should this be allowed in a pedestrian zone?

Last week I visited the Dutch city of Zwolle, the Netherlands City of Cycling in 2014. It's a pretty, historic city surrounded by countryside and has a pedestrianised heart. But what I saw there made me reconsider banning bicycles from pedestrian-only areas, but not for the reasons that you might think of.[read more]

The Case For Congestion Charging to Manage Traffic

July 28, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Pay to drive in

The very few cities that have actually had significant success at reducing traffic congestion – notably Singapore, London and Stockholm – have done this through cordon-based congestion pricing wherein if you pass the cordon, you pay the congestion charge. Should other cities copy them?[read more]

Five Ways to Save Lives with Urban Design

July 28, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA
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Cut traffic deaths.

Globally, 1.24 million people are killed in traffic accidents every year, with more than 90 percent of these deaths occurring in low and middle-income counties. A review of Cities Safer by Design, a report by the World Resources Institute, which presents five basic urban design elements that create safer travel environments.[read more]

Imitate to Innovate: Vitoria-Gasteiz Shows How Cities can Address 21st Century Challenges

July 27, 2015 by This Big City

Before and after the tram

The Spanish city of Vitoria-Gasteiz has recently transformed itself from a congested and car-dominated city into one of the most pedestrian and bicycle-friendly places in Europe. It didn’t achieve this by going at it alone. Its key to success was learning from others.[read more]

7 Proven Principles for Designing a Safer City: A Visual Look

The compact, connected city is safer

Traffic accidents kill more than 1.2 million people every year, nearly the same amount that die from HIV/AIDS. But there’s an undervalued approach to making the world’s roads safer—good urban design. 7 design principles can help cities dramatically reduce road deaths. Here’s a visual look.[read more]

The Greenest Supermarket Needs More Than Efficiency

July 23, 2015 by Tyler Caine

Infographic inside!

What is the most sustainable supermarket that we can imagine, knowing that sustainability has to be thought of as more than just a technological fix to a wasteful lifestyle?[read more]

How Historic Istanbul Improved Air Quality by Putting Pedestrians First

No to cars, yes to people

After years of intense traffic congestion, Istanbul began pedestrianizing its Historic Peninsula in 2005, prioritizing walkability and improving local air quality. It has pedestrianized 295 streets since 2010, making the region a vital transport hub for Istanbul’s citizens.[read more]

Sam Adams On The Main Challenges Faced By Modern Cities

The ex-mayor of Portland and Director of WRI US Climate Initiative.

Sam Adams is the former mayor of Portland and Director of WRI US Climate Initiative. He believes that integrated strategic planning for the city is the most efficient path to a sustainable future. In September, he will be at the Mayors´ Summit and the Cities & Transport International Congress in the session “Cities in the new climate economy”.[read more]

Why There’s More To Successful Cycle Paths than Just Building Cycle Paths

July 21, 2015 by Mark K Ames

When nature calls – take your bike

In order to encourage adults to start cycling again (often for the first time since their teens) we need to make the experience as simple as possible. What’s more, you shouldn’t have to make a large up-front investment. And that’s where I think we are going wrong with our recreational cycle paths.[read more]

How City Partnerships and a $1 Billion Global Cities Package Could Unlock $17 Trillion in Economic Growth

The many benefits of climate action

Climate-smart actions—such as investing in public transport and building efficiency—could generate $17 trillion dollars in net savings for cities by 2050 and cut annual greenhouse gas emissions by more than the annual emissions of Japan and Russia combined.[read more]