ITDP’s publications support our work implementing sustainable urban development around the world. ITDP produces a range of materials for use by governments, industry professionals, and the public. Our work includes establishing industry standards, highlighting best practices, producing reports and recommendations on specific policies and projects, and raising awareness through informational articles and multimedia. Our work provides the tools for local actors to design and advocate for progressive transport solutions. Use the search bar below, or browse by publication type on the right.

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  • [WEBINAR] Indicators For Sustainable Mobility

    [WEBINAR] Indicators For Sustainable Mobility
    Wednesday, January 30, 2019 12pm EST Webinar Recording   More on the Indicators Indicators for Sustainable Mobility Presentation As Climate Change Escalates, US Cities Fail to Provide Car Alternatives   About the Webinar As cities seek to improve their transportation systems to make them more sustainable, equitable, and useful for people, it is critical that they first understand how their system performs.  To that ...
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  • ITDP Announces New CEO Heather Thompson

    ITDP Announces New CEO Heather Thompson
    We are pleased to announce the appointment of Heather Thompson as our new chief executive officer. Ms. Thompson, who has been serving in the role of interim CEO since February, was selected by the ITDP board of directors after an extensive, international search. Her transition to permanent CEO is ongoing, and will be effective October ...
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  • Bus Rapid Transit Nearly Quadruples Over Ten Years

    Bus Rapid Transit Nearly Quadruples Over Ten Years
    Bus rapid transit has grown by 383 percent in the last ten years, according to new data released by ITDP. As cities around the world discover the benefits and cost effectiveness of BRT, they have built hundreds of systems across dozens of countries that qualify as true BRT. A new interactive map shows a comprehesive ...
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  • ITDP Releases New Study on Climate Change Ahead of UN Climate Summit

    ITDP Releases New Study on Climate Change Ahead of UN Climate Summit
    As world leaders gather for the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Summit on September 23rd, ITDP and the University of California, Davis, have released a new report on the impact of transportation emissions on our climate future. According to the new study, more than USD$100 trillion in cumulative public and private spending could be saved, and ...
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  • Leapfrogging Past the Urban Highway

    Leapfrogging Past the Urban Highway
    Urban highways are obsolete technology. By investing in walking, cycling, and public transit, rapidly developing cities can leapfrog past the outdated urban highway, and skip straight to the future. High-income cities are paying exorbitant costs to remove the urban highways they built only decades prior, and replace them with walking, cycling, and transit. Toxic Transport Design Urban highways ...
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  • The Next Pandemic Surge: Traffic

    The Next Pandemic Surge: Traffic
    This year has begun with more uncertainty than 2020. Many questions remain: about the vaccine, government readiness, what the future may hold, and when things might change Among the many existential challenges facing the world this year, traffic looms as a seldom discussed time bomb. During the pandemic, cities largely stood still. Streets emptied, with ...
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  • Kisumu Puts Pedestrians First

    Kisumu Puts Pedestrians First
    Kisumu is a port city situated on the shores of Lake Victoria and is Kenya’s third largest urban settlement with a population slightly over 600,000. Kisumu is growing in its strategic importance by facilitating the trade of goods among Kenya and its neighbors: Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda. This city, being the commercial, administrative, and educational ...
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  • Highways and Zoning: Tools of Racist Policy

    Highways and Zoning: Tools of Racist Policy
    Reflecting after a Black History Month unlike any other 2020 was a pivotal year because of the pandemic, the abysmal federal governmental response, and the amplified call for racial justice following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the state. Racism has a long history in the United States and one of the tools ...
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  • Sustainable Resolutions for a New Year

    Sustainable Resolutions for a New Year
    Looking toward a better 2021. With such a difficult year behind us, it feels impossible to make resolutions fearing they may jinx an already chaotic 2021, or perhaps delay the desired ‘return to normalcy.’ Personally it may feel impossible to make resolutions with so much still in flux. However, this past year has been a reckoning ...
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  • US Transit Leaders: “We Must Prioritize, Invest, and Do Better for BRT”

    US Transit Leaders: “We Must Prioritize, Invest, and Do Better for BRT”
    The majority of transit trips in the US are by bus. California State Senator Scott Wiener’s keynote address at ITDP’s U.S. Bus Rapid Transit Symposium called on policymakers to prioritize Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) as a cost-effective way to implement efficient and fast public transportation, build back equitably post-COVID, and meet our climate change goals. ...
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  • Taking Back the Curb, One Restaurant at a Time

    Taking Back the Curb, One Restaurant at a Time
    While glimmers of hope about an impending vaccine glimmer in the future, the coronavirus still rages on. The toll the pandemic has taken on people’s lives and health will be difficult to measure for a long time coming, but there is no question that our livelihoods and norms have changed. One hopeful outcome has been ...
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  • ITDP US Announces Formation of Advisory Group

    ITDP US Announces Formation of Advisory Group
    ITDP U.S. Announces Formation of Advisory Group Six national leaders to guide ITDP U.S. program as cities reimagine transit service and streets for greater mobility, cleaner air, improved access to opportunity   New York, NY, November 19, 2020 – The United States program of the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) announced today it has convened a ...
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  • Pedestrians First Tool Guides Cities on the Path to Walkability

    Pedestrians First Tool Guides Cities on the Path to Walkability
    Walking is the world’s most common mode of transportation. Everyone, regardless of how they travel, is also a pedestrian, as most trips begin and end with walking. Walkability, a measure of how friendly a street, neighborhood, or city is to walking – is one of the most reliable indicators of urban equity, resilience, health, air ...
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  • STA Receives Record Number of Applicant Cities for 2021 Award

    STA Receives Record Number of Applicant Cities for 2021 Award
    In a year of turmoil, changes, and unrest, the world’s cities have not stopped making necessary improvements and working towards more sustainable solutions for their residents. From throughout the world, the Sustainable Transport Award (STA) Committee received an unprecedented 30 applications from cities making walking, cycling, and safety a priority. Applications for the STA have come ...
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