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Construyendo el metro de Bogotá

Bogotá, 2 octubre 2014 — Se espera que la construcción de la primera línea de metro de Bogotá comenzará en 2016, poniendo fin a 50 años de retrasos. Una vez que entre en funcionamiento, el metro será una pieza central en la solución de los acuciantes problemas de transporte que paralizan la ciudad. El Transmilenio y el SITP deberán también ser mejorados y expandidos. Leer más.

Biking in Bangalore

Bangalore, 1 October 2014 — Commuting is one of the biggest headaches for India's urbanites. For the poor, who are forced to rely on under-resourced public transport networks, the obstacles are greater. In Bangalore, cycling is increasingly being tested as an answer to reducing major traffic and pollution issues and providing public transport commuters with last-mile connectivity. The few projects on the ground in Bangalore, however, have either failed or failed to take off fully. We'll explore what needs to be done to make green commuting an option in Bangalore and India's other major metropolises. See more.

Sustaining Lagos through institutional reforms

Lagos, 4 September 2014 — Good governance coupled with political will creates an environment where policies can create sustainable development. One way to achieve this is through institutional reforms. See how these factors work together in Lagos to improve the lives of residents, spur growth and employment, and cater to both human and environmental needs. See more.

Combining big data and crowdsourcing to build a smart city

When people think about smart cities, they usually think about futuristic infrastructures and buildings that automatically adapt to citizens' needs. Yet I would argue that the most important urban infrastructures are related to mobility, since without it, we wouldn't be able to move around, goods wouldn't be delivered, and the city would grind to a halt. At Snips, we capture and analyze massive amounts of urban data to better understand and predict how people interact with and move around their cities. Eventually, we hope cities will be able adapt to citizens rather than constraining them. Read more.

How smart parking makes way for smart cities

Data-backed decisions in our day-to-day lives are becoming more common and are helping us confidently make decisions to improve our lives. Real-time traffic lets us know the best route to take, or suggests we run that errand later so we ultimately don't waste time, gas... and patience. Apps like Gas Buddy tell us of local gas station prices so we know where to go to get the most bang for our buck. Fitness trackers like FitBit track, monitor, and alert us when we should move around, and help us reach our health and fitness goals by having easy and transparent access to our personal sleep and exercise data. Read more.

A connected commute is a better commute

All major cities of the world have commuting issues. Some extreme examples include a traffic jam stretching 200km in the congested city of São Paulo, and a 12 day long traffic jam once experienced by Beijing commuters. In other cities, the case may not be so extreme, but can't we all cite examples of where we have been held up, late for work or simply frustrated due to a traffic jam or delayed metro? The answer is, of course, yes. But what can we do to address this issue in cities around the world? Last year, the New Cities Foundation took on the challenge. Read more.

An urban Sustainable Development Goal. Why? And what?

Next year, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), adopted by the United Nations after the Millennium Declaration, are set to expire. The next set of global development goals, which are supposed to be more environmentally focused — the Sustainable Development Goals — are currently under discussion at the UN and elsewhere, including The Nature of Cities. Thomas Elmqvist wrote a piece on the justifications for an explicitly urban SDG; and a group of 12 writers participated in a panel to discuss just what an urban SDG would look like. Read more.

Formalisation of minibuses in Lilongwe proposed as means to ease transportation problems

Lilongwe is a city of pedestrians. It has been estimated that some ten thousand people walk along its busy M1 motorway every day. Lilongwe is, however, not a city for pedestrians; the M1, like most other roads here, has no sidewalk, and the city's hilly terrain means walking around the city is an exercise in going uphill and downhill. There is no formal public transport in Lilongwe, although, as in many other cities across Africa and beyond, the informal sector has stepped in. Read more or discuss.

Opción de movilidad en auto comunitario

Una de las problemáticas del tráfico en las ciudades se debe al alto porcentaje de autos privados que circulan con un solo pasajero, lo cual causa un uso ineficiente de este transporte. De acuerdo a Aventones, en el D.F., más del 70 por ciento de los autos tienen este fenómeno, por lo que se pudiera aprovechar el mismo espacio generando una red social y con grandes beneficios para la ciudad: "menos tráfico, menos emisiones, mejores ciudades". Aventones es una plataforma en línea que promueve y facilita la cultura de compartir autos y taxis dentro de comunidades de confianza como lo son las empresas, las instancias de gobierno y las universidades. Leer más o discutir.

Going digital in Nairobi's chaotic transport system

Imagine this: You step out of your house knowing exactly when your bus will roll up to your stop, you climb aboard and pay by tapping your phone/card on the conductor's reader, you sit down, log onto the vehicle's free wifi system and either read the news, write emails and surf your social network, or play interactive games like #bestdressed, which encourage you to nominate one of your fellow passengers in a city-wide transport beauty pageant. We could be in London, Stockholm, or Tokyo, but we aren't. This is Nairobi and the above scenario is no longer quite as sci-fi as it would have seemed a couple of years ago. Read more or discuss.