Improving quality of life, health and opportunity in cities through sustainable and safe transport and urban design.
Urban mobility issues affect climate emissions and air quality, but also go beyond pollution to affect quality of life and economic opportunity for a growing majority of the world’s population.
Traffic fatalities claim over one million lives each year and are projected to become the fifth leading cause of death by 2030. In many cities of the Global South, fewer than half of all residents have access to a significant number of jobs within an hour’s travel time. With transport accounting for 14% of global carbon emissions, urban mobility systems play a major role in creating a sustainable and more equitable future.
WRI helps cities design and operate cleaner, safer, more efficient and more accessible mobility systems.
We promote high-quality, integrated public transportation systems that include bus rapid transit (BRT), urban buses, informal transport, micromobility, autonomous vehicles and more. We encourage shifts to more active mobility options, like bicycling and walking, and public spaces that safely accommodate these modes. And we help cities navigate the transition to cleaner-burning fuels and electric vehicles.
From redesigning dangerous intersections to piloting “complete streets” transformations and advising on the integration of bike networks, we take a tailored, localized approach, collaborating directly with cities and local partners. Through global efforts like Vision Zero, formal policy and legislative changes and new research, we also work to influence the enabling environment at the national and international levels.
Together with partners, we prevent deadly traffic crashes, encourage healthy lifestyles, reduce exposure to air pollution and expand socioeconomic opportunity for more residents and businesses.
Urban Mobility Topics
Featured Urban Mobility Projects
Safe & Sustainable Mobility: Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road SafetyVisit Project
Reducing road traffic fatalities and injuries through a comprehensive, data-driven approach.
Digital Transport for AfricaLaunch PlatformLaunch Platform Visit Project
A collaborative digital commons supporting urban mobility projects in Africa through open standardized data, open-source software and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing.
TUMI E-Bus MissionLaunch PlatformLaunch Platform Visit Project
This international coalition assists 20 cities in creating world-leading electric bus fleets and scaling e-bus adoption to hundreds more through city-to-city mentorship.
Mobility and Accessibility ProgramVisit Project
Improving quality of life through sustainable transport and mobility solutions
NUMO, the New Urban Mobility AllianceLaunch PlatformLaunch Platform Visit Project
Channeling tech-based disruptions in urban transport to create joyful cities where sustainable and just mobility is the new normal
Electric School Bus InitiativeLaunch PlatformLaunch Platform Visit Project
Collaborating to equitably electrify the U.S. school bus fleet.
NDC Transport Initiative for AsiaLaunch PlatformLaunch Platform Visit Project
Facilitating a paradigm shift to zero-emission transport across Asia.
World Resources Report: Towards a More Equal CityLaunch PlatformLaunch Platform Visit Project
A new approach to cities that prioritizes equitable access to services would improve billions of lives, generate economic prosperity and create environmental benefits for all.