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What Bus Rapid Transit Is and What It Isn't

July 27, 2015 by Klaus Philipsen

Like a train on tires

Most of what gets billed as BRT in the US doesn't cut it: a single BRT line doesn't, nor does a system where standard 40' buses can barely transport more than 50 people at a time, nor a system where buses get stuck in traffic or where buses linger at stops until a long line of cash payers has entered through a single door of a bus. So what does?[read more]

Using Virtual Reality to Create Safer Drivers

It's not real

While smarter and safer road designs are being developed and put into place, virtual reality simulators are giving countries around the world the chance to train young people to be better drivers immediately.[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]

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Will Autonomous Vehicles and Integrated Transport Planning Bring Extra Costs or Reduce Costs for Cities?

July 23, 2015 by David Thorpe

The connected vehicle

Self-driving vehicles are touted as a big part of the landscape of future cities, enabling people to pursue other tasks while being driven, let cars drive more efficiently, and drastically reducing the number of road casualties. But what will be the ultimate cost-benefit balance for cities? Will it be worth their while to facilitate them?[read more]

China’s Pedestrianization: Reviving a Tradition of Walking for Healthier Cities

Increasing footfalls in Beijing

Although China has rapidly urbanized in the past few decades, many cities across the country are still not easily walkable. Creating vibrant, walkable streets is becoming an urgent priority. China has therefore designed and put forward its national urbanization plan which encourages pedestrianization.[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]

The Challenges of Bringing Transit-Oriented Development to Brazilian Cities

It's the infrastructure, stupid

Transit-oriented development (TOD) is all about creating cities and neighborhoods that are compact and connected. It faces two major challenges in Brazil: finance and governance. But if cities expand at a greater pace than investments in infrastructure, low-income populations move outward, where land is cheaper but basic needs cannot be met.[read more]

How One City Used Policy Integration to Enable Sustainable Energy Sources

Powered by biogas.

In 1994, Lille began developing a program to convert organic waste into energy. 20 years later, it has a fleet of over 400 buses running on biogas, with the compost byproduct used as fertilizer on large farms in the peri-urban area. It did this by coordinating the energy and other sectors to make its urban energy system more sustainable.[read more]

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Will Autonomous Vehicles and Intelligent Transport Systems Cost or Benefit Cities?

July 13, 2015 by David Thorpe

The connected vehicle

Self-driving vehicles are touted as a big part of the landscape of future cities, enabling people to pursue other tasks while being driven, let cars drive more efficiently, and drastically reducing the number of road casualties. But what will be the ultimate cost-benefit balance for cities? Will it be worth their while to facilitate them?[read more]

At Last! Open Source Trip Generation Data for Transport Planning

July 12, 2015 by David Levinson

Found: open source data

The transportation planning community knows that the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)’s procedure for estimating trip generation is broken. What has long been needed is an open source database of trip generation studies so that better fits to actual site conditions can be used in analysis. Finally, we have one.[read more]

What Can Utrecht Teach Other Cities About Cycling Now the Tour de France Has Left?

July 9, 2015 by Mark K Ames

Where everyone cycles

Even though the Tour de France riders have left, there's still a festive cycling feel to Utrecht that stems from the many thousands of people on bikes who cycle here every day...small children being carried on their parent's bikes, middle-sized children riding alongside on their own, and teenagers enjoying their mobility and being totally independent.[read more]