Two new WRI reports explore lessons learned from the experience of 16 cities who were early adopters of e-buses.
sustainable urban mobility
Mobility is a gateway to opportunity, and transportation can make cities more wonderful, livable and equitable. WRI Vice President Lawrence MacDonald is joined by Robin Chase and Harriet Tregoning to talk about the New Urban Mobility alliance (NUMO) and how they are building better cities for all.
Looking at four studies of scooter safety, it's clear that one factor outside riders' control needs to be studied more: road design.
Every Sunday, Guadalajara closes more than 60 kilometers of streets to car traffic, opening them up for public use by pedestrians, cyclists and performers. Since starting the "Via RecreActiva," Guadalajara has more open space for recreation, a new collective image of public space and a revitalized movement for transit equity.
Hosted by WRI Ross Center, New Urban Mobility alliance is an outgrowth of the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities, which more than 170 companies and governments have signed on to as a guiding vision for more sustainable, inclusive, prosperous and resilient cities.
Quito, Semarang City, Vienna and São Paulo are just a few of the cities that have used data to reshape transportation policy to reduce sexual violence, improve road safety and increase access for the disabled.
New taxes and fees shouldn't just raise revenue. They can do more than that: they can make cities more livable and transport more sustainable.
WRI Board Member and Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase argues that we should make sure that taxes encourage all forms of sustainable mobility, including walking and biking.
A debate in Delhi about how to finance the metro rail system offers lessons for the rest of the world. WRI India CEO O.P. Agarwal explains.
For the Commonwealth, green growth has entered Phase Three, recognizing that sustained economic growth can only be achieved by investing in low-carbon and less-polluting models of development. WRI President and CEO Andrew Steer explains.
Fifteen of the world’s leading transport and technology companies signed the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities today, pledging to prioritize people over vehicles, lower emissions, promote equity and encourage data sharing, among other goals. The companies include: BlaBlaCar, Citymapper, Didi, Keolis, LimeBike, Lyft, Mobike, Motivate, Ofo, Ola, Scoot Networks, Transit, Uber, Via and Zipcar.
New mobility services could improve the lives of all urban inhabitants. This first ever global survey finds that applying three types of new mobility services – electric, on-demand minibuses, subsidized shared rides, and trip-planning and ticketing apps – can make public transport more affordable, accessible and sustainable, if integrated properly.
WRI Brasil's Urban Mobility Director brings expertise in engineering and communication to the creation of integrated transit networks.
Cycling is exploding in popularity in Chinese cities, but designing the built infrastructure to channel this enthusiasm remains a significant challenge.
Electric vehicles are cleaner, but they're only part of the climate solution.
From taxi apps to car sharing, from buses to metro, from biking to walking, there are more transportation choices than ever for daily commuters. But despite the increase in mobility options, never have so many people lacked access to transportation. Truly sustainable transport is the goal.
Leaders from 167 countries today adopted the New Urban Agenda, the blueprint for creating sustainable, livable cities around the world. Following is a statement from Ani Dasupta, Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities:
Rapidly growing cities are finding it increasingly difficult to provide their residents with core services, like housing, water, energy and transportation — a challenge that is exacerbated as the share of poor people living in urban areas grows. New research from the World Resources Institute finds that in most cities in the Global South, more than 70 percent of residents lack reliable access to basic services like livable, well-located housing; clean water; sustainable energy; and accessible and affordable transportation. The World Resources Report: Towards a More Equal City examines whether prioritizing access to core urban services will create cities that are prosperous and sustainable for all people.
Making transport sustainable for all city residents is a prominent part of the New Urban Agenda, the outcome document of the Habitat III conference. Making that vision a reality presents challenges to city leaders who struggle to address the immediate need to move people from homes to jobs with limited resources.