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Mobi Bikes: Will Bike Share Make Vancouver a World-Class City?

After many delayed attempts at bringing bike share to Vancouver, British Columbia, Mobi Bikes finally launched in July of 2016, with 1,500 bikes and 150 planned stations. Vancouver is the 5th city in Canada to embrace bike-sharing, and Mobi is the second largest bike sharing program in the country, only behind …

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Portland, Oregon’s Green Loop Set to Transform Transportation in the Central City

The Portland Green Loop was showcased in a week long exhibition during Design Week Portland 2017 called Portland Mosaic Over the next twenty years, estimates are showing that Portland, Oregon could grow by approximately 42%, meaning about 260,000 new residents in an already populous city.  Much of this new growth …

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Uber’s CEO Wants To Reshape Cities Through Carpooling, If Only Cities Would Let Him

Uber wants to monetize your carpooling—letting you pick people up on your way to work for a little extra cash. Uber is already reshaping the way people get around cities. It is lately hoping to change suburban commutes, too—if, of course, regulators would step out of the way. Read Full …

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How To Reduce the Carbon Emissions Impact of Travel [Infographic]

by David Thorpe What might be the best and least best tactics for reducing the environmental impact of your travel? Here they are, from best to worst: Avoid motorised transport completely; Use public transport; Use a car share powered by renewable energy; Use a car share powered by petrol; Use a …

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4 Strategies for Retail+Property Development Bringing Sustainable Transit-Oriented Districts to Chinese Cities

  China’s rapid urbanization has dramatically increased the need for public transit infrastructure.  To accommodate these changes, it’s estimated that China needs to expand urban rail by at least 3000 kilometers by 2020—approximately a $4 trillion investment. In Chinese cities, funding for large-scale urban transit infrastructure traditionally comes from two …

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Transportation

Greening Bus Fleets Requires a Range of Strategies

by TheCityFix – produced by EMBARQ   In 2012 alone, Latin America saw 131,000 preventable air pollution-related deaths. To reduce emissions and improve air quality, it’s essential that public transit fleets—like buses—become more fuel-efficient. Adopting cleaner fuels—like natural gas or low-sulfur diesel—and upgrading to technologies that produce fewer toxic emissions are …

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In Berlin, Electric Buses That Charge When They Stop

No ugly overhead wires needed. Electric buses have been around a long time, but until recently they’ve been more like bumper cars than real electric vehicles. To run networks, cities either erected extensive overhead wiring (like in San Francisco) or, in some cases, put third rails in the ground. Both …

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How trucking industry could reduce GHG emissions

Shutterstock Peter Gudella The Trucking Efficiency initiative will issue a confidence report on tires later this year. by Helen Marks The global trucking industry produces 1.6 billion metric tons of CO2 per year (PDF), making it responsible for 5.75 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions. Even when the rest of us …

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Why Are the Two Most Sustainable Forms of Transport Missing from the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

  Walking and cycling may be the two most basic modes of transport, but they may also be the most promising for a sustainable future. In a car-filled world, it’s the people who use their own two feet or two wheels that are making efficient use of space in crowded cities …

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To Reduce Traffic, Atlanta Will Pay Drivers To Use Public Transit

Get off the interstate when it’s busy, and you get a credit to use it when it’s not. To ease the number of cars that clog urban roadways, some cities have turned to the controversial idea of congestion pricing, or charging drivers more money to enter the city at peak …

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