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Urban Transformations: In Medellín, Metrocable Connects People In More Ways Than One

April 7th, 2019 | by World Resources Institute

Medellín, Colombia used to be the murder capital of the world. With the explosion of the global drug trade in the 1980s, crime burgeoned, plunging the city into a state of lawlessness. Slum communities, stacked up along the perilous slopes of the surrounding Aburrá Valley, were on the front lines of the violence and mayhem.But today, Medellín is transformed


Urban Transformations: In Durban, Informal Workers Design Marketplaces Instead of Getting Displaced by Them

April 7th, 2019 | by World Resources Institute

The story of how Warwick Junction bucked the global trend of replacing informal markets with malls and shopping centers is a testament to the compromise, conflict, and resourcefulness of a small set of actors – informal workers, local officials and the small non-profit Asiye eTafuleni (Zulu for “bring it to the table”). It is a story of social healing and the enduring contradictions of a modern African city


Corridors Of Safety: Urban Transformation In Tanzania’s Capital, Safer Children Mean Better Neighborhoods

April 6th, 2019 | by World Resources Institute

Chaos often reigns on the streets of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s capital. Minivans, cars and motorcycles careen along half-finished roads without markings, sidewalks, or traffic lights. Pedestrians walk single-file within reach of speeding vehicles. Groups of children in matching school uniforms hold hands as they linger at the road’s edge. They scan for breaks in traffic and dart across before the bell rings for the start of class. Every day, this journey puts their lives at risk


An Influx Of New Tech Is Changing How We See & Act On Pollution

December 10th, 2018 | by Sponsored Content

While there is exciting progress and promise as air sensors become cheaper and more available, a diverse coalition of industry, activists, policymakers and researchers is critical to ensuring that the data is reliable, accessible and most of all, actionable.


City Planning Rock Star Janette Sadik-Khan Talks Urban Planning Leadership — #CleanTechnica Interview

November 4th, 2018 | by Cynthia Shahan

Janette Sadik-Khan is a top rock star in the world of city planning. She led NYC's recent transportation transformations under Mayor Bloomberg. In the interview, Zachary Shahan, CleanTechnica's director and chief editor, returns to his roots as he interviews Janette Sadik-Khan and talks urban transport leadership. Zach's master's degree was in city and regional planning (from UNC-Chapel Hill). UNC–Chapel Hill was ranked the #1 grad school in the nation for his specialization the year he graduated. The pair, on the same page, were brought together by Autonomy


Electric Bicycle Fatalities & Injuries Are Rising

October 31st, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

Urban planners and traffic safety regulators are struggling to come to grips with electric bicycles. They offer tremendous advantages for urban mobility, they reduce congestion, they offload overloaded transit, every electric bicycle is arguably one less car on crowded city streets, and they don't pollute.


Is Elon Musk An Elitist Jerk?

December 18th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Elon Musk has some unkind things to say about the state of public transportation today. His remarks did not sit well with transportation engineers and urban planners.


Leveling The Playing Field Via “Parking Cash Out”

April 5th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Donald Shoup pointed out many years ago that if companies pay the costs of parking for their employees, a common fringe benefit (and an expensive one, at that), those employers are essentially giving “an invitation to drive to work alone.”


The Loop Link In Chicago: $32,000,000 For A Lane Still Filled With Rush Hour Traffic

March 17th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Rush hour Chicago provides an untapped income for the city of Chicago. Traffic enforcement could pick up funds from well-deserved traffic tickets. It seems no one is getting a ticket and the chaos continues. The larger question is — after $32 million of taxpayer money to build it, is the Loop Link being used as intended? No, not much, it seems. It was designed for fluid, fast, reliable movement — time-saving, much-needed flow for the city's buses. Lost? The Loop Link is specially marked bus lanes meant to offer mass transit an unfettered flight during rush hour times. And yet


Loved Dutch Bikeway Design Manual Now Updated!

February 28th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Word of mouth is a way of education that continues to be powerful in the midst of societal and technological change. In the impassioned subcultures I frequent, activities growing fast because of word of mouth include bicycling, urban farming, and organic farming. For those subcultures, word of mouth seems more powerful than anything else. The word comes from someone doing rather than telling, and that is largely the force of change


Vancouver’s World-Renowned & Comfortable Multi-Modal Infrastructure (Film)

February 6th, 2017 | by Cynthia Shahan

Infrastructure that supports multi-modal travel makes it possible to live comfortably without a car. Vancouver is perhaps North America’s #1 city in this way. How unusual is the city of Vancouver? Well, for one thing, in the 1960s, Vancouver's citizens refused to allow freeways in the city. That may seem like an obviously smart move today, but it was radical back then


Bicycle- & Pedestrian-Inclusive Infrastructure Projects Create 46% More Jobs Per Dollar Than Road-Only Projects

December 27th, 2016 | by James Ayre

Owing to the recent election of Donald Trump as the President of the United States of America, and some of the comments that he's made to date about infrastructure spending and job creation, the folks over at Bike League recently reposted an old article of theirs discussing the fact that infrastructure projects that incorporate bicycle and pedestrian elements create more jobs than road-only projects. A lot more



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