Curbing emissions to prevent the worst effects of climate change begins with transforming our cities. As populations continue to increase, how cities approach growth and development will determine the future of our planet and our lives. If we continue on the same path of building sprawling cities around gas-guzzling private vehicles instead of around people,…

On April 27th, UN-Habitat and ITDP hosted Riding into a New Urban Agenda, a bike ride and discussion event ahead of the UN General Assembly’s High-Level Meeting in New York City. The event called attention to cycling as an essential transportation mode and basic service for promoting more equitable and livable cities. In recent years,…

ITDP recently interviewed two of its U.S. Program team members to get their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing their regions when it comes to advancing more sustainable and equitable cities. Carolynn Johnson¬†is ITDP’s West Coast Program Manager based in Southern California and leads the organization’s research, engagement and advocacy projects in the region….

In cities around the world, urban highways have led to adverse effects including displaced communities, worsened air pollution, increased congestion, severed neighborhoods, and staunched economic development. Realizing that urban highways often cause more harm than good, cities are tearing down elevated viaducts and transforming them into boulevards. Notable examples include the Cheonggyecheon River project in…

Micromobility — a Macro-Solution. E-bikes, e-scooters, and other person-sized shared micromobility can help cities reduce emissions, improve access to transit, better use precious public space, and clean up urban air quality. This Climate Week event discussed how cities can maximize these benefits–changing the playing field and reducing barriers to access low carbon-intensive transport modes. Well-managed,…

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