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[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 10:11
The UK government is abolishing the Regional Spatial Strategies that govern planning across the country, and giving much greater power to local governments to plan their own spatial development. But with many cross-regional issues remaining and fewer funds in the coffers, will they be able to fulfil their new roles? Since 2004, the UK Planning System has followed a three-tier system defined by... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 09:19
The business world is on ‘the cusp of a major revolution’ in its understanding of disaster risk reduction as insurance industry demands force a shift from traditional accounting-based management to risk-based management, according to Rowan Douglas, CEO Global Analytics at Willis Group and vice-chairman of UNISDR's Private Sector Advisory Group. Speaking in Geneva at the second joint meeting of... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 08:42
A smartphone application has been developed to count the modes of transport used by city employees. Londoners who walk or bicycle to work will gain points which can be converted into coupons for stores and cinemas. The company Recycle Bank and the City of London have joined forces to develop an application which measures the use of environmentally friendly means of transport. The principle is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 12:04
URBANCARD is a modern chip card that has been used in Wroclaw since May 2010.  The card replaced traditional paper period cards. It is personalised, so it can be identified or replaced if lost. The card incorporates student cards and payment cards and can also be used for entering the city zoo and swimming pools. Wroclaw authorities are planning to widen the range of the card’s use even further,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 11:05
Breaking traffic rules, almost a national sport in France, has just been legalised – but only for Parisian cyclists. A new government decree has just authorised cyclists in the French capital to go through red lights, after road safety experts deemed the measure would cut road accidents. It follows a fierce three-year campaign by cyclists' associations. Under the new system, which will be first... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 10:52
Sharing information is the city's best bet for improving public transit, according to panelists at Vancouver's 2012 Cities Summit. The future of public transit depends on smart technologies and data sharing, according to global civic leaders and innovators in Vancouver this week for the 2012 Cities Summit. Open source municipalities: twitter, transit and apps a focus of Cities Summit – live blog... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 - 15:38
Following a successful trial, Pedestrian Countdown technology will be rolled out at pedestrian crossings throughout the UK capital, giving pedestrians a clearer idea of how long they have left to cross the road. Independent research commissioned by Transport for London (TfL) in 2009 demonstrated that around two thirds of pedestrians do not understand the black-out period (when nothing is... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 - 15:25
ICLEI member city Stockholm (Sweden) has taken a step further in consolidating its reputation as a global leader in green urban planning with its latest project, Stockholm Royal Seaport. The ambitious initiative is part of the former European Green Capital’s plan to create a district that can function as a model for other growing cities around the world. The plan envisages the development of 10,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 - 15:08
The Dutch are bicycle fanatics. Almost half of daily travel in the Netherlands is by bicycle, while the country’s bike fleet comfortably outnumbers its 16 million people. Devotees of the national obsession have taken the next logical step by launching what is likely the first bicycle school bus. Built by Tolkamp Metaalspecials, and sold by the De Cafe Racer company, the bicycle school bus (BCO in... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 - 09:59
20 February 2012 - To support infrastructural development in the Republic of South Sudan, 120 Japanese UNMISS engineering peacekeepers arrived at Juba International Airport today.  Present to welcome them were Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan Akinori Wada, Government Spokesperson Dr. Benjamin Marial, Minister for Roads and Bridges General Gier Chuang Aluong and Sudan People’s Liberation... Read more