Entries by Vienncouver

A Tale of Two Cities (2): Auckland’s Shared Space programme turns streets into places

In the second part of the “A Tale of Two Cities” series on shared spaces in Auckland and Vienna, Darren Davis examines Auckland’s City Centre shared space programme: Auckland has implemented a comprehensive Shared Space programme in its city centre over the past four years. This blogpost briefly describes what shared spaces are; what the drivers […]

Vienna STEPs up

Vienna aims to increase sustainable transportation’s share to 80% by 2025. By Darren Davis and Andreas Lindinger. The city of Vienna has just adopted its latest 10-year city development plan, known as STEP 2025. Key from a transport point of view is the goal to reduce the already very low proportion of 27% of all trips […]

Vienna’s bikeshare system reaches 500,000 users mark

Citybike Wien, Vienna’s bikeshare system that already started back in 2003, recently surpassed the 500,000 registered users mark. Today, it records more than 750,000 trips amounting to more than 2.5 million kilometers each year. With 118 stations with 2,999 boxes and 1,450 bikes, Citybike Wien has become an essential and affordable (EUR 1 registration fee, […]

EIU: Melbourne, Vienna and Vancouver are again the world’s most livable cities

This year, Melbourne, Vienna and Vancouver are again the top three cities in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual Livability Index. With no changes at the top of the ranking, Vienna and Vancouver maintain their positions as Europe’s and North America’s most livable cities. As the Economist notes, the top cities “tend to be mid-sized cities […]

The 18 most innovative cities on Earth

Another day, another list of sustainable and livable cities, namely the Financial Post’s “18 most innovative cities on Earth” (via @BrentToderian). Once again, both Vienna and Vancouver made the cut, as the Financial Post praises the cities’ livability, transit system and housing policy (Vienna) as well as greenest city and walking/cycling efforts (Vancouver): “Vienna, Austria, […]

Building sustainable cities instead of saving failed banks

When Austria’s Finance Minister declared last December that the rescue of failed Austrian Hypo bank might cost Austrian taxpayers up to EUR 19 bn, it was difficult for many people to comprehend this huge figure. So, a transdisciplinary team of students of Vienna’s University of Technology recently launched a project called “Milliardenstadt” (“Billions-City”) to answer the question […]