Almost 70% of greenhouse gas emissions produced in Mérida, Mexico, can be traced back to the transport sector. Unplanned urban expansion is a major cause: neighborhoods in the south of the city were not efficiently connected to the city center. Residents commuting from the city's southern side were forced to take multiple buses or spend up to an hour in the car to reach the city center. The city embraced sustainable mobility planning as a key strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and better connect the city's disparate neighborhoods. The cornerstone of the strategy is the Circuito Sur, a 13.4 km road that connects the city center to the southern periphery. Following the construction of Circuito Sur, it became possible to reach the city center in 20 minutes by car, or in 25 minutes by bicycle. The new road includes public transit stops, along with bicycle lanes and improved sidewalks to facilitate non-motorized transit. Besides reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Circuito Sur is a step in the direction of intra-city equity and will improve the quality of life for all urban residents.
Integrated Guidelines for Sustainable Neighbourhood Design
This online resource provides a roadmap for city leaders to respond to urban growth by planning at the neighborhood level.
From Mobility to Access for All
This paper highlights priority actions and enabling conditions for improved urban mobility, which can lead to enhanced social equity and environmental quality.
Reflections from International Youth Day
UrbanShift's Youth Day webinar highlighted inspiring youth and city led sustainability initiatives from China, India, Indonesia and Sierra Leone, with speakers reiterating the importance of meaningfully engaging young people in climate action.
Clean Energy & Buildings Finance Academy
Hosted in Cape Town, this UrbanShift workshop brought together eight cities to discuss the promotion and financing of small-scale clean energy generation on public and private buildings.