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Federal Government Considers Changes in Street Design, Could Makes Roads Safer and more Sustainable

April 24, 2016 by James Dezao

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sets standards for how streets, roadways and highways are designed. The agency is considering comments for possible changes to 13 criteria established in 1985 used to review road designs. Hopefully the FHWA will revise these criteria to make roads safer but also make them more sustainable and...[read more]

Overcoming US Highway Injustices: From Displacement to Opportunity

April 8, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

By now it is widely understood that urban freeways did little to solve urban transportation and mobility issues; it has become clear that cities cannot build themselves out of congestion with bigger roadways, but they can damage themselves considerably in the process of trying.  Kansas City freeway bisecting downtown (photo:...[read more]

The long road to resilient cities in Africa

April 7, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

The need to build climate & disaster resilience in cities – Project example in Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP)  My journey to Ibadan, Nigeria supporting the World Bank’s - Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP) gave me an opportunity to reflect the challenges of such infrastructure projects and the...[read more]

Light rail and college campuses: perfect matrimony

March 21, 2016 by Timothy Boscarino

The University of Michigan recently released its plans for the Ann Arbor Connector: a proposed light rail transit system that would connect U-M’s three campus hubs--north, central and south campus within the City of Ann Arbor.AA Connector Proposed Route MapRoute map from aaconnector.comThe questions about where, when and how much have...[read more]

Angelenos Opt for Traffic, Not Transit: Ridership Down 10%

March 9, 2016 by The Global Grid

Angelenos choose to sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic, basking in a smoggy cloud of exhaust on the way to work, to meet a friend, or to hit the beach. We just enjoy hit-and-run collisions (that account for 44% of all traffic collisions) and stressing out about parking and tickets. Angelenos cherish their cars, knowingly or unknowingly...[read more]

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Exploring the Popularity and Positive Aspects of RVing

February 18, 2016 by Ryan Kh
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RVing is a great American pastime that’s as popular as ever – especially since gas prices dropped. Traveling by RV instantly takes you back to the heyday of American road trips when the highway system was new and people were experiencing a new sense of freedom.[read more]

The Likeways Approach Towards Urban Navigation

February 13, 2016 by Martin Traunmueller

Sick of walking along boring routes through the city suggested by Google Maps? The Likeways mobile application offers a novel approach towards wayfinding to its users.[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]

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]