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Footsteps generate energy at UK rail station

Two walkways made from kinetic floor tiles have been installed at Leighton Buzzard train station, through a partnership between Central Bedfordshire Council and technology provider Pavegen. As pedestrians walk across the paving system supplied by the UK start-up, the weight from their footsteps compresses electromagnetic generators below, producing electricity which will be used to power two USB-charging benches as well as a digital...

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Pandemic is a preview of future climate change challenges, says Montréal’s Mayor

As part of a series of interviews with mayors of leading global cities and regions, The World Association of the Major Metropolises (Metropolis) spoke with Montréal Mayor and Co-President of Metropolis, Valérie Plante, to find out how COVID-19 is affecting her city and its residents. These interviews are published in partnership with Cities Today. COVID-19 is a great example of a challenge that crosses borders and municipal...

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Chicago launches ‘Al Fresco’ street space programme

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is seeking proposals for its Chicago Alfresco programme to encourage neighbourhood businesses to open up streets and sidewalks and create spaces to support the community. Businesses and community organisations can now apply for funding to design and build long-term outdoor spaces for dining and public enjoyment, and proposals will be accepted for projects of a variety of types and...

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Volocopter sets out city roadmap for scalable urban air mobility

Urban air mobility (UAM) firm Volocopter has published a roadmap for cities that sets out what is needed to incorporate the emerging mobility mode into the transport ecosystem. The 52-page  Roadmap to Scalable Urban Air Mobility covers topics ranging from physical infrastructure and energy requirements to staff training. “Volocopter is leading the pack for implementing urban air mobility internationally. With our VoloCity and chosen...

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Transport for London receives bailout extension

Transport for London (TfL) has accepted the Government’s offer to extend its bailout by seven weeks, despite calling for a longer-term deal. A £260 million (US$360.5 million) injection will be provided to cover the 31 March-18 May period, plus another £225 million dependent on fare revenue. The transit operator received a £1.8 billion (US$2.3 billion) government bailout in November, which followed a £1.6 billion deal agreed in...

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New guide offers city planners a child’s eye view

If you could experience the city from 95cm – the average height of a three-year-old – what would you change? A new online guide seeks to answer this question, and provides tools and examples of how cities can modify the built environment to improve the health, education and security of vulnerable children under the age of five. The Proximity of Care Design Guide from Arup and the Bernard van Leer Foundation is based on research...