The COVID-19 crisis has prompted many cities to reconsider the role of bicycles, which can provide a safe and efficient way to get around. But how do yo go about planning a cycling network that is…

María Catalina Ochoa, Gregor Engelmann |

Major cities across Latin America are taking concrete action to promote cycling and become more bike-friendly. Given the urgent need to reduce emissions from urban transport, this could serve as a…

Leszek J. Sibilski, Felipe Targa |

Photo credit: Leonardo Canon Rubiano/World Bank The World Bank is supporting the Government of Sri Lanka’s efforts to create a roadmap for the modernization of urban bus services in the capital,…

Leonardo Canon Rubiano |

Women’s labor force participation worldwide over the last two decades has stagnated, and women generally earn less than men. (Photo: Tom Perry / World Bank) How can we Press For Progress —the…

Namita Datta |

Photo: EMBARQ Brasil/FlickrTambém disponível em português. While bus services are often planned and coordinated by public authorities, many cities delegate day-to-day operations to private…

Shomik Mehndiratta, Bianca Bianchi Alves |

Also available in: Español Photo: Andy Shuai Liu/World Bank Invented over a century ago for exploring mountainous regions, aerial cable cars have recently made an appearance in several big cities…

Leonardo Canon Rubiano, Wenyu Jia, Georges Darido |

Differentiating between effective and nominal access A couple of months ago, one of our urban development colleagues wrote about the gap between effective and nominal access to water…

Tatiana Peralta Quiros, Camila Rodriguez |

Photo: Euroestudios Like other countries in Latin America, Colombia has been expanding its road network over the years using a variety of public-private partnership (PPP) models and contractual…

Richard Cabello, Ari Skromne |

Public transport is an important mode of transport, especially for low-income populations. Cities, however, struggle to provide public transport services for fares that are both affordable and…

Camila Rodriguez, Tatiana Peralta Quiros |