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A New Way to Measure Road Safety That Doesn’t Wait for Crashes to Happen

In order to improve road safety, decision makers need accurate information about their city’s streets. Traditionally, road safety analysis has relied on historical data of actual crashes. However, the drawback of this “crash-based approach” is that...

Posted April 18, 2016    

DC’s Metro Closure Shows Why Creating Trust in Public Transit Matters

The Washington, DC Metro. Photo by RJ Schmidt/Flickr.Washington, D.C., one of the most powerful cities on Earth, has been thrown off-stride by a transit crisis. Starting March 16, the U.S. capital’s Metro system, which serves more than 710,000...

Posted March 22, 2016    

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Public Spaces Worldwide

Fireworks go off in Cartagena, Colombia for New Year’s Eve. Photo by Louis Vest/Flickr.If one night out of the year were to demonstrate the value of public spaces for healthy, inclusive cities, New Year’s Eve might be the best example. Many urban...

Posted January 1, 2016    

How Cities Around the World Use Public Space to Celebrate the Holidays

To celebrate the holidays, cities close down streets for pedestrians, open markets, and hold parades in public spaces. Photo by Ted Eytan/FlickrFor cities, holidays signal a transformation in atmosphere. Street lights change colors, decorations are...

Posted December 24, 2015    

Leapfrog or Lock-in? Exploring the Potential Impact of Carsharing

Carsharing could help emerging economies avoid car ownership and carbon lock-in; however, to accomplish this, they need an enabling environment and institutional support. Photo by Ian Collins/FlickrGrowing from 6 operators in 2012 to 41 by mid-2015...

Posted December 17, 2015    

India Can’t Afford to Lose Any More Lives Due to Road Crashes

India’s streets are notoriously dangerous. However, a new bill being passed through the Indian government offers hope to the country’s road safety problems. Photo by Gilbert Laszlo Kallenborn/FlickrGlobally, 1.3 million people die each year in road...

Posted December 16, 2015    

Empowering City Leaders: Pacing Local Climate Action after COP21

The Compact of Mayors presents a major opportunity for cities to gain support and recognition for combating climate change, and must be active in global discussions beyond COP21. Photo by Luc Mercelis/FlickrTheCityFix is covering cities at...

Posted December 14, 2015    

Sustainable Transport: Building Equitable and Low-Carbon Cities

Sustainable urban transport should be used to both drive down emissions and improve equity. Photo by Benoit Colin/WRIThe Paris Process on Mobility and Climate, an inclusive and open partnership joined by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable...

Posted December 7, 2015    

How Design and Mobility Create Safer Cities for All

Cities, like Sao Paulo, are saving lives by designing streets for children and pedestrians instead of private cars. Photo by Leonardo Veras/FlickrOn November 18 - 19, 2015 Brazil will host the UN’s 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road...

Posted November 18, 2015    

Setting the Goal Posts for Energy Use: How Energy Efficiency Targets Trigger Action

Cities, such as Dubai, have improved energy efficiency by setting both public and private sector goals. (Photo: lam_chihang/Flickr)The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score —...

Posted November 17, 2015    

Turkey’s Population and Energy Demand Are Booming. What This Means for Sustainable Cities

To create more livable cities, Turkey must work to address its burgeoning urban populations and energy demand. (Photo: Benoit Colin/WRI)WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities in Turkey will host the 3rd Livable Cities Symposium on...

Posted November 11, 2015    

How Cities Can Avoid Carbon Lock-In

To avoid carbon lock-in, cities should focus on mobility, energy efficiency measures and congestion. (Photo: js42/ Flickr)Cities have proven themselves to be necessary in combating climate change; however, the current trajectory for urban growth is...

Posted November 10, 2015