Transport and Sustainable Cities: 5 of the Best Blog Posts of 2012


With urban populations increasing, managing the way people move around them can be more challenging than ever. Here’s 5 of our favourite posts from 2012 exploring urban transportation:

Kansas City Residents Build their Bike Share Scheme

What can a city do when it can’t afford a cycle hire scheme? Kyle Rogler reports from Kansas City:

Like an ant colony, BikeWalkKC strategically divided the vast number of volunteers into various stations based on their skill level. The general public can be amazing dedicated volunteers and quickly put to task the unpacking of ninety disassembled bikes onto the fabrication line.

You can read the full post here.

London Rethinks its Iconic Underground Signage

London’s iconic tube map is not exactly geographically accurate. So when millions of visitors came to London for the Olympics, some changes were required:

Route maps on underground carriages are now littered with pink boxes pointing out which stations can be used to access Olympic events. Though relatively minor additions, they represent a pretty radical development for a map that has barely changed its visual approach in eight decades.

You can read the full post here.

Has Congestion Pricing Lost its Buzz?

London has done a great job with its congestion pricing scheme. In this post I ask: why isn’t every other city following suit?:

Stockholm and Milan are the only major cities in Europe to have introduced congestion pricing. Over in America, New York City’s thorough proposals have twice been rejected, attributed to a lack of ‘leadership and courage to embrace new concepts’ by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

You can read the full post here.

Sydney, Las Vegas and Springfield: How Monorail Failed in Our Cities and The Simpsons

Theodore Brown looks at why monorail hasn’t fared so well in fiction and reality:

Sure, getting around Disney World is a lot more sublime when you’re floating in a plush car with panoramic views of the Magic Kingdom, but outside of theme parks, the transit technology just hasn’t been a practical success.

You can read the full post here.

São Paulo Bicycle Library Brings Books to the City’s Homeless

It turns out bikes are good for more than just getting around. Davi Padilha Bonela reports on a great project in Brazil:

If good ideas transcend boundaries, this one does it by bicycle. That is, by Bicicloteca, a bicycle that carries a small library through the city of São Paulo, Brazil. The project is a creative and dynamic way to encourage reading, especially among people who live on the streets.

You can read the full post here.

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