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Ghost bicycles…and beyond

July 29, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Cycling, Livable Cities, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

Ghost bicycles remind us of the dangers of cycling and the need for safer road conditions...but what if we also had daily reminders of the total death toll from motorized vehicles?

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Livable Cities video blog: Nepal earthquake 2015

July 23, 2015 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning Post a comment!

This is part of a series of video blogs by Livable Cities Program Director Kristie Daniel.

Kristie describes the situation in Nepal after the recent earthquake.

 

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Giving street vendors their proper place

May 31, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Socializing, Urban Planning Post a comment!

What role do street vendors play in cities? Does it make sense to ban them or should we work to preserve them?

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Markets vs. supermarkets

May 15, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Healthy Eating, Livable Cities, NCDs, Urban Planning Post a comment!

Helping people make healthy food choices requires access to sellers of fruits and vegetables...preferably without the temptation of buying ultra-processed food. Markets do just that and are great for local economies, but can pose a threat to big business, and thus can be subject to bans. But we can fight back.

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Another accolade to public spaces

February 3, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Exercise, Happiness, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Socializing, Urban Planning Post a comment!

Great public spaces help make great cities, which is why HealthBridge works to preserve them.

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Camp Cool

January 13, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Advocacy, Cycling, Dhaka, Exercise, Livable Cities, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

We are trying a new way to train young Bangladeshis to work as activists for livable cities...while having a lot of fun.

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But everyone wants a car….

January 1, 2015 By Debra Efroymson Children, Cycling, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Public Transit, Socializing, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

Many people think it's crazy to advocate for car-free cities or even neighbourhoods, but what about the craziness of trying to accommodate cars in cities and thus sacrificing so much else that is important?

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Promoting carfree cities in Bangladesh

November 29, 2014 By Debra Efroymson Dhaka, Livable Cities, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

Two seminars in Dhaka on carfree cities gained tremendous interest and support. Could this be the start of a movement?

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Making Vietnamese cities more liveable

October 5, 2014 By Debra Efroymson Livable Cities, Urban Planning Post a comment!

Population growth, development pressures, and a rapid increase in motorized transport mean that in some important respects, urban quality of life is on a sharp decline in Vietnam. Pollution levels are high, traffic is intense, and noise can become unbearable. Simply crossing the street can feel like a life-threatening activity. HealthBridge Vietnam seeks to improve living conditions for people in cities, with a focus on walking, cycling, and access…

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Traffic fatalities and traffic planning

August 8, 2014 By Debra Efroymson Public Transit, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

I’ve often wondered whether our transport systems would be different if planners had explicit discussions about the injuries and deaths that different systems will inevitably bring. Imagine a group of such planners sitting around a table. One has a proposal for an elevated expressway, another for trains, to connect two cities. Within those cities, one planner proposes wider, smoother, faster roads; another wishes to expand public transit…

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