#citydata: Ten Facts About Cities (Part 8)


It’s been a while since our last #citydata post (you’ll find our first seven parts here), and we’ve been as busy as ever sharing nuggets of information with our Tumblr followers. Wan to know about urban tourism, bike parking and transit ridership across the globe? Read on.

And yet they have extremely low rates of cycling related head injuries. Meanwhile, the US is among those countries that lead in both wearing helmets and head injuries. One of the main differences? Serious investments in cycling infrastructure, much of which is segregated or protected from auto traffic.

And there could be more. Understanding and mapping informal networks is tough.

And Germany’s second-largest city has decided to unite them together via pedestrian and cycle routes, aiming to eliminate the need for vehicles in Hamburg over the next 20 years.

Every week, the city turns 120km of roads into car-free spaces, and around 2 million people take part.

That’s a drop from 30% in 1997 thanks in part to a series of efforts by the university to curb commutes by autos. Learn more about how universities are experimenting with multi-modal transport policy.

That rise in transit ridership outpaced a 20 percent growth in population and a 23 percent increase in vehicle miles traveled over the same time period.