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Transit Infrastructure: Why We All Lose by Not Investing

July 1, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

All aboard the BRT?

Infrastructure is an investment without a direct or short-term return, and so is often the first victim when politicians run on austerity and fiscal prudence, but really cater to immediate gratification and private consumption at the expense of long term thinking and communal benefits. Here is the case for long-term investments in infrastructure[read more]

How Mexico City Became More Pedestrian-Friendly, Step by Step

July 1, 2015 by Alex Romaniuc

A holistic approach

We love stories about people taking action to solve a city’s problems, and stories about the pedestrianisation cities. This story ticks both those boxes.This project offers better access to Mexico City's Metrobus station for passengers, and gives Ecobici, Mexico City’s bike-share network, a launch-pad to expand south of the city.[read more]

How to Create A Sustainable Community with Public Works [infographic]

June 30, 2015 by Kiva Bottero

The figures speak for themselves

This infographic provides an in-depth look at sustainable communities, highlighting their environmental necessity, as well as their financial practicality. It suits both communities both big and small in order to reduce energy demand, utilize renewable power, and lessen their environmental impact.[read more]

How Melbourne Reinvented Itself One Block At a Time [Video]

June 30, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Melbourne street life

Melbourne is famous in urbanist circles for the revitalization of its central area. In 1992, 40% of the buildings were empty above the first floor and only 5 residents actually lived in the core. Today, there are over 29,000 residents in the central area and Melbourne has become revered around the world for its vibrant public spaces and innovative laneway repurposing.[read more]

How Transit-Oriented Development Benefits Local Economies

Putting people first

Urbanization can be an opportunity to change how cities are planned, making them more sustainable, people-centered places. Rethinking current patterns of expansion for a more compact and connected model can expand employment opportunity, access to quality public spaces, the supply of sustainable transport, and enhance economic activity.[read more]

How To Make a City Much More for People and Less for Cars – Enrique Peñalosa

Former mayor of Bogota Enrique Penalosa.

"We did what nobody else would have done. We have made a city much more for people and less for cars." Enrique Peñalosa, Bogota’s former mayor, will come to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 9 for the Mayors´ Summit. Here is an interview[read more]

How To Build Light Rail in Our Cities Without Emptying the Public Purse

June 24, 2015 by Future Cape Town

Light rail – perfectly integrated

An exploration of the way forward for light rail reveals it is pertinent to the future of urban development, but the challenge is how to pay for it. Will embracing the public-private partnership financing model get rail infrastructure off the ground?[read more]

How In-Town Development Produces Less Traffic Than You Might Think

June 17, 2015 by Kaid Benfield

Fewer, shorter driving trips mean reduced emissions.

'Smart growth' urban development projects generate, on average, less than half the amount of traffic that standard engineering estimates – used by most municipalities when deciding development approvals – predict. But most municipalities ignore this evidence. They need to wise up.[read more]

Green Line and Related Bus Network Improvements Have Increased Access to Jobs by >50%

June 15, 2015 by David Levinson

Green Line to jobs

A new analysis from the University of Minnesota’s Accessibility Observatory has quantified how much the Green Line light-rail transit route and related changes to the regional bus network changed residents’ ability to reach jobs by transit. Accessibility often increased by over 50 percent.[read more]

TED Talk: How to Reimagine the Streets of the Future with Janette Sadik-Khan

June 11, 2015 by Future Cape Town

A TED talk by Janette Sadik-Khan

In this funny and thought-provoking TED talk, Janette Sadik-Khan, transportation commissioner of New York City, shares projects that have reshaped street life in the 5 boroughs, including pedestrian zones in Times Square, high-performance buses and a 6,000-cycle-strong bike share.[read more]

VIDEO: Watch The Amazing New 5,000-Bicycle Park at Delft Train Station

June 9, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Park and ride – on a bike

This past February, a new central train station opened up in Delft in the Netherlands. As part of the train station, there’s an underground parking facility for 5,000 bicycles. Here’s a video of how it all works.[read more]

The Case For Planning Transit Around Low Population Densities

June 9, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Build it and make them come?

There’s a strong correlation between population density and transit ridership. The Pembina Institute report 'Building transit where we need it' specifies a minimum population density of 115 people per hectare for building subways and 70 people for light rail (LRT). But what if planners bundled land use decisions with transit decisions?[read more]