Developing Cities from India to Colombia Leapfrog Ahead With Clean, Green Bus Rapid Transit Systems

by Dave

Latin America cities are pioneers in deploying BRT and it is good to see Indian cities like Ahmedabad learn from this approach. This needs to be combined with road pricing, like in Singapore, to alleviate traffic delays and facilitate mobility.
The former mayor of Curitiba-Brazil, Jaime Lerner who was the pioneer in this approach details his philosophy for urban space and transit in this entertaining and informative talk below. Money quote from the talk – “The car is like your mother-in-law. You have to have good relationship with her but she shouldn’t command your life. If the only woman in your life is your mother-in-law you have a problem.” Also, “Otto, the car is the kind of guy who is invited for a party and never wants to leave. And he drinks a lot. And he’s a very demanding person.” “Creativity starts when you cut a zero from your budget, if you cut two zeroes even better.”


Ahmedabad, India, leads the pack as cities in developing nations race ahead of their richer counterparts in adopting eco-friendly transit solutions, according to the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), which last week gave the western Indian city its 2010 Sustainable Transport Award.

The award has been given out since 2005 to a city that best “uses transport innovations to increase mobility for all residents, while reducing transportation greenhouse [gas] and air pollution emissions and increasing cyclist and pedestrian safety and access.” This year, for the first time, all five nominees — Cali, Colombia; Curitiba, Brazil; Guadalajara, Mexico; and Johannesburg, South Africa, in addition to Ahmedabad — were cities in developing countries.

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