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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.

التكدس المروري في القاهرة- هل قوانين المرور الجديدة هي الحل؟

تعتبر القاهرة هو واحدة من أكثر المدن ازدحاما في العالم، كما أن أعداد السيارات سواء التي تدخل أو تخرج من تلك المدينة لا تُحصى. ومع ذلك، فإن الازدحام المروري ليس فقط بسبب أعداد المركبات الموجودة على الطرق، ولكن أيضا لعدم وجود أماكن وقوف للسيارات، كذلك بسبب غياب أنظمة مراقبة الطرق السريعة، فضلاً عن سوء حالة الطرق والمخالفات المرورية المستمرة التي تتجاهلها السلطات.

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Infrastructure and environmental justice in the city

Transport and infrastructure remain key components when designing urban space. Urban planners are required to evaluate transport routes, modes, and costs, to ensure the city functions efficiently. Across Tanzania key means of public transportation in, and around, the city includes boda-boda's, or piki-piki's, (motorcycles) and daladala's (small buses). Such means are cheap, frequent, and although carrying capacity is limited, space can be made to squeeze another passenger on. However, with rising concerns over road safety, the costs of congestion, and the need for improved supply, the future of such transportation remains debatable. As the agenda shifts to designing 'sustainable cities', whereby urban environments can meet contemporary needs without jeopardizing that of future generations, we need to question what it means in the developing world. The concept of environmental justice is key. Discussions on environmental justice integrate calls for sustainability and recognition of the social, spatial, and economic, inequalities individuals face in relation to the environment . Environmental justice recognises the urban environment as political. Access, externalities, and use-value, of the environment are political. Read more.

É mais do que 20 centavos

Ano passado, o mundo viu uma transformação no Brasil com os jovens indo às ruas pedindo por novas medidas para as questões de mobilidade no país. Após uma violenta resposta policial nos primeiros dias de manifestações, a causa ganhou mais força em todo o país. A frase "Não é pelos 20 centavos" ficou famosa e foi usada para representar angústia e desejo dos jovens por novas soluções — mais sustentáveis e sociais (em mobilidade, na política, na econômica, etc). As reivindicações eram muito mais profundas do que o aumento de 20 centavos da passagem. As manifestações, porém, aconteceram há mais de 6 meses e o que mudou no Brasil — principalmente no que se refere a mobilidade? Leia mais.

La Ciudad de México, una capital sin una visión de mediano y largo plazo

La Ciudad de México es por excelencia, el centro político-económico del país. Es en éste donde se dan la toma de decisiones más importantes, donde se encuentran los poderes de la unión y donde se ubica el centro financiero de México. Leer más.

Is walkability only about mobility?

Walkability and green spaces are not the same thing, but it feels as if they ought to be related somehow. This is because walkability in its most basic form is more than some version of "is possible to walk there", but also "is possible and pleasant to walk there." Or is it? One published definition of walkability, for example, is: "The extent to which the built environment is friendly to the presence of people living, shopping, visiting, enjoying or spending time in an area." (from Walkability Scoping Paper, 2005). All the action is in the word "friendly", and there's a lot of unpacking to do. Read more.

Pembangunan transportasi massal berbasis rel di Jakarta

Di Bulan Oktober ini, Pemerintah DKI Jakarta memulai pembangunan dua sistem transportasi massal berbasis rel, yaitu MRT dan Monorail. Gubernur Jakarta Joko Widodo meresmikan pembangunan awal stasiun kereta transportasi massal cepat (MRT) di kawasan Dukuh Atas, Jakarta Pusat, pada hari Kamis 10 Oktober 2013. Jalur MRT ini merupakan tahap pertama yang akan menghubungkan kawasan Bundaran Hotel Indonesia, Blok M hingga Lebak Bulus. Rencananya pemerintah Jakarta akan membangun proyek MRT lanjutan yang menghubungkan berbagai wilayah di Jakarta. Baca lebih lanjut.

Pro kontra kebijakan mobil murah (Low Cost Green Car)

Kebijakan pemerintah pusat mengenai low cost green car (LCGC) atau yang lebih dikenal masyarakat sebagai "mobil murah" menimbulkan pro dan kontra. Pemerintah pusat, dalam hal ini Kementerian Perindustrian, menyatakan bahwa dengan adanya LCGC ini akan menumbuhkan industri otomotif dalam negri karena dibuat di Indonesia dan memakai komponen buatan Indonesia. Aturan mengenai LCGC ini tertuang dalam Peraturan Menteri Perindustrian (Permenperin) Nomor 33/M-IND/PER/7/2013 tentang Pengembangan Produksi Kendaraan Bermotor Roda Empat yang Hemat Energi dan Harga Terjangkau. Permenperin itu merupakan turunan dari program mobil emisi karbon rendah atau low emission carbon yang telah diatur dalam Peraturan Pemerintah Nomor 41 Tahun 2013 tentang kendaraan yang dikenai Pajak Penjualan atas Barang Mewah (PPnBM). Peraturan itu antara lain menyebutkan tentang keringanan pajak bagi penjualan mobil hemat energi. Hal ini memungkinkan produsen menjual mobil di bawah Rp 100 juta. Dengan peraturan itu, mobil dengan kapasitas mesin di bawah 1.200 cc dan konsumsi bahan bakar paling setidaknya 20 km per liter dapat dipasarkan tanpa PPnBM. Baca lebih lanjut.

TransJakarta, transportasi publik andalan ibukota

Sebagai ibukota negara dengan penduduk sekitar 10 juta jiwa, Jakarta menjadi kota dengan kepadatan lalu lintas yang tinggi. Kemacetan menjadi pemandangan sehari-hari bagi warga Jakarta. Meskipun begitu, transportasi publik tetap menjadi pilihan warga Jakarta untuk beraktifitas sehari-hari. Baca lebih lanjut.

Rethinking transportation in Lagos

Lagos is in a transportation crisis. A city of close to 15 million persons, Lagos is larger than London, but without a train system corresponding to the London Tube. A combination of bad roads, too many cars and trucks, and frequent accidents means that the city is often gridlocked. Everyone who can afford a car buys one, since what passes for public transportation is largely inhospitable — a network of tens of thousands of mini-buses known locally as danfos. In the last few years the government has introduced a bus system that takes advantage of dedicated lanes, but its capacity is a far cry from what is needed. In any case it still has to depend on the overburdened road network. The motorcycle taxis (okadas) that once dominated and defined the metropolis, providing an opportunity for time-challenged travellers to weave through traffic jams, have recently come under the government's hammer. Without radical and intelligent solutions the situation is bound to worsen, as Lagos is Africa's fastest growing city, and the World Bank estimates that there will be more than 20 million people in it by 2020. What is clear is that Lagos cannot hope to make a dent on its traffic situation without forms of mass transportation that can convey large numbers of people outside of the road network. The solutions will lie on land — rail lines — and in the water. Read more.