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Infrastructure improvements in six Ottawa neighbourhoods

October 30, 2018 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Accessibility, Advocacy, Cars, Cities, Cycling, Impact, Livable Cities, Public Transit, Walking Post a comment!

Since 2015, we have been working with residents in six lower-income neighbourhoods to identify improvements needed to make them better places for pedestrians, cyclists and public transit riders. This has involved door-to-door outreach, sharing circles, active transportation audits, the formation of resident-led working groups, dot-mocracy to prioritize the top needed improvements, and pop-up projects intended to demonstrate how the neighbourhood would improve if the needed improvement were implemented.

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Ads against walking need to take a hike

May 25, 2018 By Debra Efroymson Cities, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

Governments should take a harder stance against ads that discourage healthy behaviours, like walking. 

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Livable Cities Dispatches: WUF9

March 13, 2018 Written by a HealthBridge guest blogger Accessibility, Advocacy, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning, Walking Post a comment!

Hear Livable Cities partners share highlights and learnings from World Urban Forum 9. 

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Exercising our need to socialize

May 15, 2017 By Debra Efroymson Bangladesh, Dhaka, Exercise, Happiness, Socializing, Walking Post a comment!

How great it is when morning exercise is not only healthy and enjoyable, but a way to reconnect with others in our busy lives!

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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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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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Visiting a vastly more liveable Hanoi!

October 11, 2016 By Debra Efroymson Cars, Cities, Cycling, Exercise, Happiness, Livable Cities, Public Spaces, Urban Planning, Vietnam, Walking Post a comment!

 The streets were full of life: thriving sidewalk cafes with diners watching the activity on the streets, children cycling, musicians playing, traditional actors performing, and a sense of enjoyment of the city.

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