The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020 has been launched in more than 100 countries so far, with one goal: save five million lives from traffic deaths globally by 2020.
EMBARQ interviews Health and Road Safety expert, Claudia Adriazola-Steil
Q1. How can we tackle the problem of rising obesity and physical inactivity through transport?
Lack of physical activity contributes to 3.2 million deaths annually, yet just 150 minutes of physical activity per week - about 20 minutes per day - can improve health and reduce the risk of disease.
Recognizing that the streets of Indore were plagued by obstructions on pedestrian footpaths, instances of road space not being used as intended — problems which cause all road users to move less safely and efficiently, EMBARQ India produced the report "Indore: A Place for People".
The 2012 International Conference on Walking and Sustainable Cities
We are pleased to announce that Walk 21 and EMBARQ Mexico have partnered to host the joint XIII International Walking and Liveable Communities Conference and VII International Congress on Sustainable Transport on September 30 to October 4, 2012 in Mexico City.
Arequipa begins its non-motorized transport program in Historic Center.
On November 20, the streets surrounding the nine zones of Arequipa's Historic Center were closed to vehicle traffic and made available to pedestrians and non-motorized transport. The objectives of Arequipa's non-motorized transport program are to reduce air pollution, promote physical activity and recover the city's public spaces.
The 18th Brazilian Transport and Traffic Congress, organized by the Asociación Nacional de Transporte Público (ANTP), will focus on urban mobility as an integral component of the sustainable development of Brazil. As Brazil becomes an increasingly global economic player and prepares to host both the 2014 World Soccer Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, the 18th Congress recognizes the ever-importance of hosting urban mobility discussions that incorporate the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of Brazilian cities.
Among topics to be discussed are national mobility policy versus economic development; urban mobility and global warming; urban mobility in view of the energy mix; reduction of public transport fees and costs for purposes of social inclusion; permanent funding in infrastructure and technology; and quality of transport services and environmental sustainability.
Walk21 is hosting the 12th conference of its international series to encourage and inspire the best possible environments where people choose to walk. Through the Walk21 Conference series and the International Charter, Walk21 has a vision to create a world where people choose and are able to walk as a way to travel, to be healthy and to relax. The three-day conference includes plenaries, breakouts, and workshops. Among this year’s speakers are Dr. Meng Lu, Program Manager International of DINALOG (Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics), Dr. William Bird, Strategic Health Advisor to Natural England, and Geoff Anderson, President and CEO of Smart Growth America.
Walk21 exists to champion the development of healthy sustainable and efficient communities where people choose to walk.
Pedestrian-friendly project brings city one step closer to creating "low emissions zone."
Istanbul Municipality finished pedestrianizing Sultanahmet Square in an effort to protect the city's 8,000-year-old Historic Peninsula, one of the most important cultural and historic centers in the world.
Ninety streets in the heart of the peninsula have been closed to private vehicular traffic since January 8, according to Mustafa Demir, the mayor of Fatih.
The Sustainable Transport Award is given each year to a city that has made significant inroads in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a more sustainable, livable urban environment by embracing innovative transportation strategies.
The 2011 Sustainable Transport Award Nominees
The nominated cities are distinguished by their impact, innovation, and leadership in the transport sector. For 2011, all nominees are exemplars in implementing integrated sustainable transport solutions. They are (in alphabetical order):
- Guangzhou, China for implementing high quality and integrated sustainable transport projects that include bus rapid transit, metro expansion, bicycle sharing and public space development.
- León, Guanajuato, México for the expansion of its integrated public transport system to cover 65 percent of all trips made on transit.
- Lima, Perú for the inauguration of its bus rapid transit system after many years of planning.
- Nantes, France for its integrated approach to improving sustainable transport on a city-wide level.
- Tehran, Iran for its rapid expansion of mass transit, including metro and bus rapid transit.
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