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Quality public transport starts with pedestrians!

Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bicycle, Bus, Children, Disabled, Elderly, Pedal, Pedestrian, Safety, Social inclusion, Sustainability, Systems, Urban planning |

Quality transport services need to be part of quality public transport systems if they are to provide for the needs of all. And a quality transport system starts from the fact that every journey begins on foot (or the equivalent, in the case of people with walking disabilities). So it’s great news that a city as closely identified with motorised transport as Mumbai is including Road Safety Audits in its transport planning. The Sustainable Cities Collective website reports: “As part...

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New quality standards scheme for bus rapid transit

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bus, Children, Disabled, Elderly, Employment, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Management, Middle East and north Africa, New Technology, North America, Occupational health and safety, Oceania, Safety, Security, Services |

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) has released what it calls the first comprehensive standard for Bus Rapid Transit services. Describing it as a “defining and scoring designation for bus rapid transit (BRT) systems around the world”, the ITDP says it is “similar to the LEED designation for green buildings”. “Funded by The Rockefeller Foundation, The BRT Standard is the centerpiece of a global effort by leaders in BRT design to establish...

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Women and girls need safer public transport

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bus, Children, Informal Economy, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and north Africa, Safety, Security, Services, Social inclusion, Sub-Saharan Africa, Urban planning |

Women’s fear of violence restricts their movement, limiting their use of public spaces and movement from their homes to public or other private spaces, says a new report from ActionAid International. Calling for more investment in public transport and other services, the report says public transport workers’ training should include gender-related aspects. Based on research in six developing country cities, the report recommends: “The focus must be on right to mobility rather than...

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Free public transport? It’s more common than you’d think

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Bus, Europe, Funding, Social inclusion, Sustainability |

You don’t have to pay to use the buses and tube trains in London in the early hours of New Year’s Day. But that’s nothing compared to Tallinn: from 1 January, 2013, passengers in the Estonian capital will get free rides for the rest of the year too. As the British daily newspaper The Independent reports: “Tallinn’s bold step has reignited the debate about whether free public transport in cities is something we should aspire to.” The Tallinn plan has its...

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New commuter rail service in Nairobi

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Funding, Rail, Sub-Saharan Africa, Sustainability, Urban planning |

Kenya has launched the first new commuter rail service since independence from British colonial rule – but there are worries that only better off people can afford to use it. Planned as the first stage of an eight-station commuter service in Nairobi, the 16.5 kilometre (ten mile) route between the Syokimau suburb and the central business district began taking passengers this week. The journey time is 20 minutes, much less than the equivalent road journey, which can take up to two hours on...

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Urban designers improve conditions for pedestrians In Istanbul

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Disabled, Europe, Occupational health and safety, Pedestrian, Social inclusion, Sustainability, Urban planning |

A Turkish group specializing in urban design has presented its dream to make Istanbul a city better suited to pedestrians. The group, TAG Platforms, wants the city “designed with pedestrian-ways”, in which “cars will be prevented from parking on pedestrian-ways, there will be an increase in wheelchair access, and the removal of obstructions from established pedestrian-ways.” Major obstacles include a lack of many car-free zones; few traffic light-controlled pedestrian crossings; and a...

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