Recent Posts by Ben
The Road to Zero-Emission Cities Goes Through Freight
The Road to Zero-Emission Cities Goes Through Freight
Left unchecked, urban freight will continue to be a major driver of the global climate crisis.
80% of Goods Start or End in Cities. It’s Time We Start Taking Urban Freight Seriously.
80% of Goods Start or End in Cities. It’s Time We Start Taking Urban Freight Seriously.
This is part one of our series on urban freight and achieving a “triple zero” bottom-line: zero emissions, zero road deaths and zero exclusion from core services and opportunities. A line of trucks files patiently into the Port of Shenzhen. ...
COVID-19 Has Reshuffled Public Space. Buses Deserve a Greater Share.
COVID-19 Has Reshuffled Public Space. Buses Deserve a Greater Share.
There’s no question we’re going through unprecedented times for public transport. Ridership is down anywhere from 60% to 90%. Transit agencies are hemorrhaging cash, with fare revenue following ridership down the tube. But the fact is that throughout the tremendous ...
Safer, More Sustainable Transport in a Post-COVID-19 World
Safer, More Sustainable Transport in a Post-COVID-19 World
The COVID-19 crisis has shown that effective public transport is vital to keeping cities running. By serving essential workers in health care, emergency services, food services, and other sectors, public transport has become a service not just for some people ...
Tech Startups Offer New Answers to African Transport Woes. How Can Cities Capitalize?
Tech Startups Offer New Answers to African Transport Woes. How Can Cities Capitalize?
The fundamentals of urban mobility are changing rapidly. Apps like Uber and Lyft are becoming ubiquitous around the world and new modes like electric and shared bicycles and scooters are on the rise. The conversation is increasingly trending toward mobility ...
Cities Are Taxing Ride-Hailing Services Like Uber and Lyft. Is This a Good Thing?
Cities Are Taxing Ride-Hailing Services Like Uber and Lyft. Is This a Good Thing?
With ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft continuing to gain popularity and drawing attention for their impact on congestion and other urban ills, cities from Washington to São Paolo are moving to the seemingly inevitable next step: special taxes. This is unsurprising. ...
From China to Colombia, 5 Cities Making Streets Safer by Design
From China to Colombia, 5 Cities Making Streets Safer by Design
In 2015, the global community committed to halving road deaths and serious injuries by 2020. But city streets are still not safe. More than 3,200 road fatalities occur every day, and this number is expected to increase threefold by 2030, ...
We Know How to Save Millions from Dying on the World’s Roads
We Know How to Save Millions from Dying on the World’s Roads
Fewer than 3 people per 100,000 are killed in road crashes in Sweden every year, less than almost anywhere else in the world. In contrast, it’s 11 per 100,000 in countries like India and the United States. One reason for ...
What Makes a Complete Street? A Brief Guide
What Makes a Complete Street? A Brief Guide
This series, supported by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, discusses walking and cycling in cities with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries. Many cities have streets that make life difficult for pedestrians in ways that are not always ...
How Global Policy Does (and Does Not) Account for Walking and Cycling
How Global Policy Does (and Does Not) Account for Walking and Cycling
This series, supported by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, discusses walking and cycling in cities with a special focus on low- and middle-income countries. Walking and cycling are getting more and more attention in wealthy cities, as ideas about ...
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4 Steps to Promote Safer Speeds that Save Lives
This week is UN Global Road Safety Week, focused on the theme “Slow Down, Save Lives.” WRI works to make cities around the world safer and more sustainable by implementing street design and regulations that reduce vehicle speeds while supporting walking and ...
The Need for Safe Speeds: 4 Surprising Ways Slower Driving Creates Better Cities
The Need for Safe Speeds: 4 Surprising Ways Slower Driving Creates Better Cities
This week is UN Global Road Safety Week, focused on the theme “Slow Down, Save Lives.” WRI works to make cities around the world safer and more sustainable by implementing street design and regulations that reduce vehicle speeds while supporting walking ...
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5 Key Lessons from 10 Cities at Transforming Transportation 2017
In January, at Washington D.C.’s Transforming Transportation, representatives from ten global cities gathered to share how they are fighting the unacceptable level of traffic deaths in their cities. While they may differ in many ways, the cities share a common ...
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Bigger Isn’t Always Better: Narrow Traffic Lanes Make Cities Safer
In Beijing, Chennai and Fortaleza, the rate of fatalities from road crashes is more than 15 deaths per 100,000 residents. What do these cities have in common? They have traffic lanes wider than 3.6 meters (11.8 feet). A long-standing belief ...
Driverless Vehicles: Safe Speeds Ensure Safety For All
Driverless Vehicles: Safe Speeds Ensure Safety For All
The coming of autonomous vehicle technology shows great promise for eliminating traffic deaths and serious road injuries. They could also make life a lot easier, but only if they are done right. Reducing traffic fatalities will depend on how cities ...
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