Archive for the ‘Transportation’ Category

August 21 2015

Favela Youths Organize Skateboarding School in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

August 21st, 2015Posted by 

What’s this?! True tram children and teenagers go flying by Teixeira Ribeiro Street, one of the most well-known streets in Maré. Anyone passing through the collection of favelas will notice that skateboarding has become wildly popular. But this is not something new. The movement has a long history in the community. Prior to this, the […]

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August 19 2015

Curitiba, Brazil Installs Facial Detection Software on Bus Card Readers

August 19th, 2015Posted by 

Curitiba Transit Authority Urbs has begun to install transit card readers with facial recognition software. The equipment uses data of riders who use the “isento” pass (for elderly and people with disabilities), to help prevent fraud. Whenever there is a discrepancy between the image of the user stored in the Urbs database and the image […]

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August 18 2015

Hybrid Buses Threatened to Go Out of Circulation in Curitiba, Brazil

August 18th, 2015Posted by 

The criteria for sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reduction will stay within the urban mobility policies in Curitiba, Brazil, even after the State Court of Auditors (TCE) defended a recall of thirty hybrid buses. This and thirteen other decisions by the TCE depend on the evaluation by Curitiba’s public transport company, Urbs. However, regardless of […]

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August 18 2015

Government Providing Carpool Lots to Increase Carpooling in Lille, France

August 18th, 2015Posted by 

Amongst all the studies and projects launched for the purpose of avoiding overcongestion on the roads, carpooling is one of the easiest solutions to put into place. In fact, 20 lots dedicated to carpooling are now provided in Lille Métropole, France. The activity zone in Neuville-en-Ferrain seems especially attuned to new trends in green transportation. […]

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August 17 2015

Construction Continues on Lezennes Station in Lille, France

August 17th, 2015Posted by 

In the coming weeks, construction will once again be seen at Lezennes Station. In fact, work never actually stopped, but had to go back to the engineering consulting office. After the first phase of underground construction and reinforcement, building operations are returning to the surface in order to create two new points of access to […]

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August 17 2015

Absense of Iconic Yellow Tram in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Cripples Local Economy

August 17th, 2015Posted by 

Sitting on a stool on the sidewalk near the Largo dos Guimarães plaza in the Santa Teresa neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Arnaudo Comes de Souza observed a road taken by construction. It was around lunchtime on a Wednesday. Without customers to welcome, the owner of one of the most traditional restaurants of Santa Teresa, […]

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August 14 2015

Upgraded Rickshaws Tracking Air Quality in Marseille, France

August 14th, 2015Posted by 

In Marseille, France the news regularly reminds us of the consequences of air pollution, particularly the repercussions of the now, sadly famous, PM2.5 particles (particles in the air that are less than 2.5 micrometers in size, the smallest of which can penetrate our lungs). According to a recent study done by the Marseille Provence Métropole, […]

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August 12 2015

Traffic Accidents Fall in São Paulo, Brazil After Speed Limit Reduction

August 12th, 2015Posted by 

Data released by the Traffic Engineering Company (CET), notes a fall in the rate of accidents after the reduction of speed limits to 40 km/h (25 mph) on many roads. According to the data, there was a 71% reduction in the number of deaths resulting from transit accidents and pedestrian fatalities. Between August of 2012 […]

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August 11 2015

The Suburbs Copy Montreal, Canada In Order to Compete with It

August 11th, 2015Posted by 

Public pianos, self-service bikes, street food trucks … the suburbs are drawing more and more inspiration from Montreal. This summer, several projects born in the metropolis are being launched in the surrounding suburbs. The objective is to retain the consumer-residents. “We have plenty of nice activities, there’s no reason to go elsewhere to benefit from […]

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August 10 2015

Construction Site in Montreal, Canada Serving as Temporary Vegetable Gardens

August 10th, 2015Posted by 

Vegetable gardens have been established on the future site of the science complex of The University of Montreal, located in the former Outrement Sorting Yard. While awaiting the start of the construction work on the easternmost part of the site, the locale is serving as a veritable urban agriculture laboratory for five organizations. Now that […]

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August 05 2015

Montreal, Canada’s Angus TechnoHub Phase 2 Breaking Ground in 2017

August 5th, 2015Posted by 

Christian Yaccarini, President of the Angus Development Organization, introduces the second phase of the Angus TechnoHub, an eco-neighborhood in Montreal, Canada that promises to use the best new technologies to become a global model in sustainable urban development. The first phase of the Angus TechnoHub started 20 years ago on the former Angus Shops industrial […]

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August 05 2015

Are Bus & Bike Lanes Stealing Space from Motorists in São Paulo, Brazil?

August 5th, 2015Posted by 

The article from Sunday July 19th in the newspaper “O Estado de São Paulo,” entitled “Haddad’s leadership takes 716 km (about 445 miles) of lanes from cars,” shows a data series that gives the impression that the leader of the largest city in Brazil has declared war on individual motorized transportation. However, some of the […]

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August 04 2015

Copenhagenize’s Most Cyclist-Friendly City Ranking Passes on Lyon, France

August 4th, 2015Posted by 

Copenhagenize, the Danish urban planning council agency specializing in bike culture and traffic, published the top twenty most cyclist-friendly cities. Whereas Nantes, France is ranked 7th and Paris is ranked 17th, Lyon does not even appear on the list.Why? The ranking has caused some irritation. Like every year, Copenhagenize, the Danish agency for urban cycling […]

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August 04 2015

Brazil’s President Rousseff Announces Major Logistics Infrastructure Investment Plan

August 4th, 2015Posted by 

The new stage of the Logistics Investment Program (PIL), launched on June 9, 2015 by the Brazilian government, provides concessions for sixteen stretches of highway and six railways, totaling R$ 152.5 billion in these areas. The government intends to hold five auctions for the the highways in 2015 and eleven more in 2016. The plan […]

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August 04 2015

Farewell to The Grid from Lauren Golightly in San Francisco, California

August 4th, 2015Posted by 

When I began writing with The Grid, I was moving from the New Mexico desert to the City by the Bay, San Francisco. Arriving in the midst of gentrification, I had the pleasure of experiencing the struggles of finding housing in a place where the word “affordable” meant $2,100 a month for a closet in […]

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July 27 2015

How is the City of Fortaleza, Brazil Doubling the Size of Its Bike Share Program?

July 27th, 2015Posted by 

Through the Secretary of Conservation and Public Services (SCSP), the city of Fortaleza, Brazil will install over 40 bike stations for Fortaleza’s bike sharing program, “Bicicletar.” The announcement was made on Thursday July 16, during a news conference at the City Hall. The new stations will be installed in October of this year through March of […]

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July 27 2015

France Considers Terminating Kilometric Allowance for Bike Commuters

July 27th, 2015Posted by 

It happened on May 21, 2015 at a meeting of the National Assembly in Paris, France. While examining the laws on the ongoing energy transition, the deputies began a debate on a surprising amendment introduced by the Ecology Minister Ségolène Royal. This amendment sought to terminate the kilometric allowance accorded by employers to workers who choose […]

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July 24 2015

City Council of São Paulo, Brazil Approves Opening of the Minhocão Expressway and Avenida Paulista to Pedestrians and Cyclists

July 24th, 2015Posted by 

On July 1st, the City Council approved a motion to support the opening of Avenida Paulista and the elevated Costa and Silva expressway - called the Minhocão by locals (literally “giant worm”) — to pedestrians and cyclists. After the presentation of the first impact studies, the council members positively rated the initiatives, which will go through […]

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July 24 2015

Marseille, France Increases Wayfinding for Bicyclists and Pedestrians

July 24th, 2015Posted by 

There is great news for those who choose to bike to work in Marseille, France. Specific signs for pedestrians and bikers have just been installed along the Promenade de l’Huveaune. With all the work being done for the new Vélodrome Stadium, a new walk and bike path has been created along Huveaune River between the Michelet Boulevard […]

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July 10 2015

All Forms of Transportation Prioritized over Pedestrians in Fortaleza, Brazil

July 10th, 2015Posted by 

Fortaleza is the fifth most populous city in Brazil and the ninth largest urban area, with 2.5 million people and 193.4 million square kilometers, respectively. The capital of the northeastern state of Ceará, it stands as the richest city of the region and the tenth in the national ranking. Yet its metropolitan region, with 3.8 […]

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