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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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]