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5 of the Best Transport Blog Posts of 2011

The way we get around our cities is a critical factor in their sustainability. Here are 5 of the best blog posts we've featured on This Big City in 2011 exploring that very topic:

Is the Supervia Highway a Wrong Turn for Mexico City?

'While urban highways are being destroyed around the world, Mexico City is preparing to build another one', says Jimena Veloz in this post, noting the highway is stealing riders from public transport due to it running alongside one of the city's train lines. Disastrous for Mexico City? Read the article here.

Is High Speed Rail the Future for Cities?

High Speed Rail (HSR) may be a buzzword in sustainable transportation, but is it a practical reality for cities? In this post, Gordon Macrae celebrates the notable successes of HSR, but points out its limitations, stating that it only benefits a small portion of society, and prices-out many. Read the article here.

Can Road Trains Cut Congestion and Emissions?

Dixie Wills explains: 'the idea is to join up to eight vehicles by wireless sensors in so called road trains', predicting fuel savings of up to 20%. But are drivers prepared to hand over the control of their cars to reduce emissions? Maybe not, but the financial savings might tempt them. Read the article here.

The New York Congestion Charge that Never Materialised

Michael Bloomberg almost did it, and had a surprising amount of support from New York's citizens. But the congestion pricing concept has never really taken off in the US. Find out what New York City missed out on in Theodore Brown's article.

Are we Part of our Cars and Bikes?

A psychological change occurs when we get in our cars or on our bikes, with Theodore Brown calling 'differentiation between vehicle and driver cognitively impossible'. So why is this so? And how does it affect our cities? Read the article here.

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