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How To Reduce the Carbon Emissions Impact of Travel [Infographic]

July 3, 2015 by David Thorpe

What might be the best and least best tactics for reducing the environmental impact of your travel? Here they are, from best to worst. Walking and cycling are best and flying worst. But what about in between?[read more]

San Francisco's Director of Transportation Planning on the Importance of Piloting Integrated Infrastructure

July 3, 2015 by Celina Plaza

Timothy Papandreou – Director of Strategic Planning & Policy at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency 

"We are a junction for regional trips. The biggest issue for us is therefore integration. We need to integrate all of the transport options, otherwise we’ll have sheer chaos. So we test a lot more pilots. We no longer build permanent infrastructure; instead, we test it with paint and local materials that we salvage from the Public Works Department."[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 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]

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Using GIS Analysis To Achieve Zero Traffic Casualties

June 18, 2015 by Julio Carrillo

Vision Zero in Austin, Texas

In the city of Austin, Texas, USA, there have been 699 traffic fatalities since 2004, so its Comprehensive Planning unit is embarking on a Vision Zero traffic safety initiative, and using a GIS analysis of traffic incidents to tackle this aim. Here's a glimpse of how it works.[read more]

Four Ways Street Design Can Increase Public Safety

Good lighting ensures safety

The quality of public spaces as well as the surrounding environment determine how people use them. If they are accessible, attractive, and safe, they can inspire a range of uses and activities. In contrast, when public spaces are abandoned or neglected, they can cease to be places where people feel safe.[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]

Are Driverless Cars a Solution for Road Safety?

Driverless cars could help in Singapore

Since driverless cars can theoretically “see” the entire picture of their surroundings, the idea is that they can drive more efficiently and safely. Driverless cars don’t drive drunk or and don’t experience fatigue—two common causes of traffic collisions. Some advocates claim they could reduce congestion, lower emissions, and make traveling more comfortable.[read more]

In Los Angeles, Autopia Meets Noir

June 8, 2015 by The Dirt ASLA

Even Blade Runner features cars at the end of the original version

“L.A. Noir” is a special kind of noir found in classic films like Double Indemnity (seen above), Chinatown, L.A. Confidential, and Blade Runner. Architectural historian Reyner Banham defined four facets of Los Angeles' urban landscape: Surfurbia, The Foothills, Plains of Id and Autopia. It's Autopia that has featured most in movies like these.[read more]