News November 24, 2023

World Sustainable Transport Day: A Green Transition

Presently, transport is the greatest contributor to global carbon emissions.

That means a shift to more sustainable modes of transport is no longer a recommendation, but a necessity. To spur change, the inaugural World Sustainable Transport Day was established, falling on November 26 this year. According to the UN, “the average annual carbon emissions per person will need to drop from 6.3 tons (2020) to 2.1 tons by 2030 as recommended by experts.”

Ahead of COP28, how is the Global Designing Cities Initiative working with cities to reduce vehicle carbon emissions?

GDCI reimagines streets as public spaces. Our street design principles and methodologies, projects, and policy work support city leaders and communities to create streets for all people, providing practical, tangible, and long-term strategies and interventions to transition to carbon-free forms of transport, and encourage multimodal access and uptake.

Reclaiming space for pedestrians, cyclists, and public transit, not only creates a greener future, but walking, cycling, and shared forms of transport catalyze movement that improves physical health, fosters more social interaction to prevent isolation and poor mental health, and enables those who can’t afford a car to move around, providing the means to access education and work opportunities, as well as social and recreational activities.

To help cities design streets to encourage faster and smoother uptake of more sustainable forms of mobility, GDCI:

[See our Streets for Kids projects, new cycling infrastructure initiative, our renowned road safety work, and stay tuned to learn more about our research on air quality.]

Download the Global Street Design Guide (available in eight languages), the Designing Streets for Kids guide, and our practical “How To” Manuals for free.

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PRESS RELEASE: International leaders shine spotlight on Wellington’s street changes

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PRESS RELEASE: International leaders shine spotlight on Wellington’s street changes

Global giants Janette Sadik-Khan (Transport Principal, Bloomberg Associates and Chair of Global Designing Cities Initiative),  and Salvador Rueda (Director of Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona) arrived in New Zealand’s capital to back the sustainable street changes that are putting people at the heart of Wellington’s streets.

Clean Air Project Launched in Accra

February 14, 2024

Clean Air Project Launched in Accra

With the support of the Clean Air Fund, GDCI will help reduce harmful PM2.5 air pollution, focusing on one of the most at risk groups, children.