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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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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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India plans school bus reforms after “horrific” crashes

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bus, Children, Safety, Services, Social inclusion |

The Uttar Pradesh regional administration in India has announced plans to reduce the number of children killed in school buses. According to New Delhi Television (NDTV) “Horrific school bus accidents occur with alarming regularity”.  Now Uttar Pradesh plans to: register all school buses under the name of the educational institution responsible; require lists of all the children travelling on the bus, their addresses and blood group; ensure drivers and conductors wear uniforms, and that...

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UN-Habitat in new partnership for sustainable urban mobility

Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 in Accessibility, All news, Asia, Bus, Funding, Latin America and Caribbean, Management, Middle East and north Africa, Oceania, Social inclusion, Sub-Saharan Africa, Urban planning |

The United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN–Habitat) and EMBARQ, the World Resources Institute’s centre for sustainable transport, have entered into a partnership to create more sustainable cities by working to provide universal access to safe, clean and affordable transport. The new initiative will focus on the needs of poor and vulnerable groups, and finding more ways to incorporate transport into broader land use planning and implementation. EMBARQ Director Holger Dalkmann said:...

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Philippines BRT plan to protect informal bus workers

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in All news, Asia, Bus, Employment, Informal Economy, PPP, Social inclusion |

Jeepney drivers in the Philippines city of Cebu won’t lose out following the development of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system there, transport planners have assured them. Jeepneys are the informal buses that serve passengers in cities in the Philippines, and Cebu’s BRT will displace them along its 16 kilometre route. Cebu City Council approved the BRT plan last month following a pre-feasibility study carried out by British consultants, Integrated Transport Planning (ITP). The first services...

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Collective bargaining to improve Chinese bus services

Posted by on Aug 6, 2012 in All news, Asia, Bus, Employment, Funding, Management, Occupational health and safety, Social inclusion, Uncategorized |

Bus companies in Shenyang have signed China’s first ever collective bargaining agreement for public transport workers in a bid to reduce staff turnover levels that are undermining service quality. Shenyang bus drivers work up to 14 hours a day, the Chinadaily website reports, and until the new deal was signed last month their pay had not increased for 10 years. Now they are receiving an immediate 15 per cent rise, and the deal also guarantees them at least one day off each week. Bus drivers...

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