Posts tagged with 'COVID-19'
The Top Urban Stories From a Year of Pandemic
The Top Urban Stories From a Year of Pandemic
As 2021 closes, most cities around the world continue to grapple with the uncertainty of a pandemic now in its second year. Amid dips and rises in cases, the emergence of new variants, and the ongoing challenge of vaccinating the ...
Invest in Walking and Cycling For Sustainable, Safe Cities. Here’s How.
Invest in Walking and Cycling For Sustainable, Safe Cities. Here’s How.
Traditional, car-centric transport planning has not only increased greenhouse gas emissions, but has also detrimentally impacted air quality, road injuries and fatalities, and traffic congestion. As the world faces the climate crisis and continues to face a growing global road ...
Lessons from Lockdown: How COVID-19 Affected Road Safety Around the World
Lessons from Lockdown: How COVID-19 Affected Road Safety Around the World
COVID-19 changed the way people move around cities. In 2020, demand for travel dropped dramatically, and many urban areas enforced restrictions on movement through lockdowns in a bid to control the impact of the pandemic. These lockdown periods throughout most ...
More Equal Cities Can Help Bring Global Climate Goals Within Reach
More Equal Cities Can Help Bring Global Climate Goals Within Reach
While negotiations rage on, many world leaders have already left COP26 in Glasgow having said their piece about a low-carbon future for their country. No one can accuse them of being short on vision. But one thing is increasingly clear ...
4 Ways to Design Safe Streets for Cyclists
4 Ways to Design Safe Streets for Cyclists
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, cycling has become an even more popular, resilient and reliable travel option, and pop-up bike lanes have been increasingly common in major cities around the globe. Between March and July 2020, 394 cities, ...
Can Cities Thrive in Turbulent Times? 3 Questions for Cities in 2022
Can Cities Thrive in Turbulent Times? 3 Questions for Cities in 2022
Infectious disease outbreaks can have enduring influence on urban design and several have irrevocably shaped how modern cities feel and function. For example, parks, wide street design and even the home bathroom are all important legacies of cholera outbreaks; today, ...
Saving Public Transportation and the Untapped Potential of Listening
Saving Public Transportation and the Untapped Potential of Listening
The COVID-19 pandemic has made existing knowledge about how, why and where people travel largely obsolete. Even as some cities recover, travel patterns have changed. One thing is clear: around the world, public transport ridership declined precipitously and has not ...
How Cities Can Rethink Housing After COVID-19
How Cities Can Rethink Housing After COVID-19
When the world shut down last March, the urban housing conversation took on a radically different hue. Suddenly, housing was a public health concern – which, of course, it always had been. Where you live, and under what conditions, appeared ...
Sparking Inclusive Urban Transformation in These Revolutionary Times
Sparking Inclusive Urban Transformation in These Revolutionary Times
Two years ago, I participated in the learning roundtable for the first cycle of the WRI Ross Center Prize for Cities. I confess that my expectations were rather moderate, but that, to my surprise, I found it truly refreshing and ...
5 Ways to Shape a Greener, More Equitable Recovery Through Transport
5 Ways to Shape a Greener, More Equitable Recovery Through Transport
The global coronavirus pandemic brought a wave of public and private initiatives to help societies adapt and recover, from economic stabilization and safety measures to new business models and shifts in consumption. Many of these initiatives are not green, despite ...
Low-Speed Zones Save Lives. How Do You Design an Effective One?
Low-Speed Zones Save Lives. How Do You Design an Effective One?
As the COVID-19 pandemic has altered urban landscapes and pushed many people toward active mobility, there’s increased urgency to make roads safer for walking and cycling. Many cities are now tasked with protecting more vulnerable users in addition to creating ...
Virtual Capacity Building: 5 Lessons From COVID-19
Virtual Capacity Building: 5 Lessons From COVID-19
This is part three in a series on capacity development for city leaders. The first two posts in this series discussed how effective capacity development should be rooted in the immediate needs and mandates of all stakeholders, and how collective action must ...
Informal Transport Must Play a Bigger Role in Post-Pandemic Recovery. Here’s How That Can Happen.
Informal Transport Must Play a Bigger Role in Post-Pandemic Recovery. Here’s How That Can Happen.
Crisis often sparks changes to the ways we move. Post-war prosperity made the automobile a household item, and lifestyle. The 1970s global oil and fiscal crisis brought a short-lived bike boom and a retreat of city dollars for public transit. ...
What We Learned After Analyzing 5 Months of Active Mobility Responses to COVID-19
What We Learned After Analyzing 5 Months of Active Mobility Responses to COVID-19
In 2020 and into 2021, transportation agencies, companies and advocacy groups acted swiftly in the face of the unique public health crisis and disruption caused by COVID-19. They provided solutions that kept frontline workers, groceries, health services and other critical ...
U.S. Cities Bought More Renewable Energy Than Ever in 2020. Here’s How
U.S. Cities Bought More Renewable Energy Than Ever in 2020. Here’s How
As the world reels from the financial blow of COVID-19, local governments in the United States are under huge pressure as cities and counties face severe budget shortfalls. This is forcing cuts to crucial spending on education and infrastructure as ...
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