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Which is more fearsome: tigers or cars?

August 1, 2017 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Bangladesh, Cars, Cities, Dhaka, Livable Cities Post a comment!

On 29 July we celebrate International Tiger Day in Dhaka. This raises the question: how would you prefer to die, by tiger attack or by poison?

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Does anyone actually eat this stuff?

July 17, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, NCDs, Nutrition Post a comment!

Tobacco, alcohol, junk food, sugary beverages—at least part of their appeal is how heavily they are pushed.

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Learning to eat right

May 24, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Bangladesh, Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, Nutrition Post a comment!

I’m working with interns at the Institute of Wellbeing to start developing guidelines for school and university canteens that will be better for both health and the environment.

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An ode to mixed use

March 21, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cities, Exercise, Livable Cities, Urban Planning, Vietnam, Walking Post a comment!

Neighbourhoods that combine a mix of housing, shops, and other amenities make life easier and reduce unnecessary travel, key ingredients to a livable city!

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Moments from the 2nd Livable Cities South Asia Regional Meeting

February 28, 2017 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Bangladesh, Cars, Children, Cities, Cycling, Exercise, India, Livable Cities, Nepal, Public Spaces, Socializing, Walking Post a comment!

Partners and HealthBridge staff from Bangladesh, India and Nepal gathered in Bangalore, Jan 28-Feb 1, 2017, for the 2nd Livable Cities Meet.

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Safer streets planned for Ho Chi Minh City by promoting walking, cycling and public transit

February 10, 2017 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Cars, Children, Cycling, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Public Transit, Urban Planning, Vietnam, Walking Post a comment!


Life for pedestrians in Ho Chi Minh City is a little safer now thanks to measures undertaken by the local government, working with HealthBridge Vietnam and World Resource Institute (WRI).

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Carfree streets coming to Dhaka

February 7, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cities, Dhaka, Exercise, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Socializing Post a comment!

The mayor of Dhaka north is following through with his commitment to create carfree streets ...

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Cycle Day campaign in Bangalore: fun on two wheels and more

January 5, 2017 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Cars, Cities, Cycling, Exercise, India, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Walking Post a comment!

Thousands of people take to these streets playing traditional games, skating and running, meeting neighbours and making new connections.

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In the name of progress: Vietnam

December 12, 2016 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Cars, Cities, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Socializing, Urban Planning, Vietnam, Walking Post a comment!

Cyclists and pedestrians have been literally squeezed out. Crossing the road has become a high risk sport, not for the faint of heart. Do the Vietnamese notice this loss of their own public spaces? I am not sure; climbing out of poverty is probably more pressing. 

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The Three-Headed Monster

October 30, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Livable Cities Post a comment!

At a recent conference on walking (Walk21) in Hong Kong, I presented on a panel about partnerships. My talk was not only about the groups that people promoting walking could work with, but also the ones we should avoid. Namely, big businesses that are contributing to the problems faced by pedestrians (and cyclists, and public transit users) in cities around the world. My "three-headed monster" is the car/motorbike,…

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