By Holger Dalkmann and Alyssa Fischer (Pic by NYC DOT/Flickr)
‘Cities Safer by Design’ is a global reference guide, published by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and its EMBARQ sustainable urban mobility initiative, to help cities save lives from traffic fatalities through improved street design and smart urban development. This hands-on guide taps examples fromcities worldwide and includes 34 different design elements to improve safety and quality of life.
EMBARQ and the Lee Schipper family are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship. The sustainable transport scholarship has been awarded to Sudhir Gota and to Fei Li to finance their research in advancing bold solutions to improve transport quality in cities. The scholarship was established in 2012 to celebrate the vision and bold challenges to conventional wisdom that EMBARQ founder and recognized researcher Lee Schipper contributed to the field of sustainable transport and energy efficiency.
The International Energy Agency has helped create a database that will act as a one-stop-shop for researchers, planners, and policymakers to source information and data on Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) systems, such as the costs of such systems in different countries, which until now has not been possible.
This database, which will be launched in February 2012, is the first globally encompassing effort to map out BRT Systems around the world and will include a web portal, which is publicly available for anyone wishing to access information about BRT data.
San Francisco, USA and Medellin, Colombia are being honored today as the winners of the 8th annual Sustainable Transport Award. This year’s slate of nominees is unique in that all four cities showcase a breadth of interventions that put citizens first. Each city is also a leader in embracing social media and online technologies to reach out to those citizens, giving a better more informative and convenient service.