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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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  • Enrique Peñalosa Inspires Change in Ghana

    After the successful caravan event, Enrique Peñalosa and ITDP representatives met with Accra Mayor Solomon Darko. During an eventful discussion, ideas erupted about how to improve quality of life and mobility for Accra residents. The following day, the Building a New City Conference opened with an introduction by Abass Awolu. Other distinguished guests included Deputy Minister ...
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  • Tolling starts on the Trans-Israel Highway … Sort of

    Travel was free on the Highway for the first months, despite the fact that tolls will be used to pay for the road’s construction. This was to ramp up the fully automated tolling system, but was also supposed to serve as a “marketing device.” The free opening was an unusual move, however, as international experience ...
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  • World Bank to Sign Major Urban Transport Loan for Bombay

    The loan is an important first step after years of misdirected municipal government investments. Prior to this project, Mumbai’s major development was an elevated highway bisecting the city on which public transit vehicles and pedestrians and cyclists were banned. While NGOs in Mumbai have mixed feelings about the loan package, there is agreement on several areas ...
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  • World’s Leading Urban Reformer Shares New Way to Build Cities

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Paul Steely White or Lisa Peterson, 212-629-8001 Within three years, former Bogotá Mayor Enrique Peñalosa transformed his city from a congested and dangerous mess, where many citizens did not have access to transportation, into the world’s leading model for sustainable urban design. Now, on the Building a New City tour, Mr. Peñalosa will ...
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  • Seine and the Art of Sustainable Transportation

    In 1996, a law was passed requiring all French municipalities of more than 100,000 inhabitants to develop plans to improve air quality. In Paris this resulted in the creation, in 1998 and 1999, of an Urban Mobility Master Plan (Plan des Displacements Urbains de l’Ile-de-France, or PDUIF) to reduce car traffic, emissions and energy use. The ...
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  • China Rocks Global Bike Industry

    Today, 86% of the bicycles sold in the U.S. are imports from China, even higher end models. This should make China an important ally for the promotion of bike use worldwide.  But their voice is silent. Ironically, China’s dominance of global bicycle production has occurred while government policy is driving bicycles off Chinese streets. In many ...
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  • In Guatemala City, Surface Metro Takes Shape

    The initial line, expected to be complete in six months, is only the first part of a long-term vision for a city-wide BRT system called Trans Metro. The expected cost of the system is a rather economical $600,000 per km constructed. To make the Bus Rapid Transit corridors viable, the municipality has made the difficult ...
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  • Gutsy Mayors to Liberate London and Paris from Autocracy

    Mayor Delanoë was publicly derided for his sustainable transport bent until his Paris-Plage – a pedestrian area on the Seine river reclaimed from the Georges-Pompidou Expressway – proved a resounding success. He is still taking a lot of heat, however, for widespread traffic delays caused by extensive busway and cycleway construction. Meanwhile, across the Channel, Mayor ...
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  • People Power: The Citizens Behind Bogotá‘s Urban Revolution

    As the story of Bogotá‘s makeover captivates more and more decision-makers around the world, another story is emerging: Bogotá’s social triumph. The transformation in urban structure is mirrored by a transformation of the collective psyche of city. For every new busway, bike path, and Car Free Sunday, there are thousands helping commuters make the most ...
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  • United States Finds Alternative to Middle Eastern Oil

    In the May/June 2002 Sustainable Transport e-Update, ITDP reported that U.S. congressional representatives—particularly those who receive campaign dollars from Big Oil and the automobile and highway lobbies—voted against raising vehicle fuel efficiency standards. The standards would have helped wean the U.S. off its increasingly expensive oil habit. Now that the Middle East is more flammable ...
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