World Carfree News #91 - December 2011 - English Version
"No one's advocating for putting [the freeway] back".
Thus spoke John Norquist, who as mayor of Milwaukee, WI, USA,
presided over the demolition of the Park East Freeway in 2002.
This comes at a time when many other freeways are under
consideration for a similar fate.
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There is a proposal to create a compact, carfree, 125 acre
village, on a site totaling 500 acres in southern Piscataquis
County, Maine, USA. Currently investors have already made
commitments that amount to 1/8 of the total amount needed.
Anyone interested in this project is requested to get in touch
with the initiators.
World Streets is opening the Safe Streets Challenge, to run
between 2012 and 2015. An introduction and a description of what
is to come are already available on a dedicated website as well
as facebook page.
An interactive Road deaths map is available that shows all of
the deaths that occurred on US and UK streets in the first
decade of the 21st Century. The zoomable map breaks down data by
specific location, year of crash, age of deceased, and mode of
transport. The organisation RoadPeace has also created a video
commemorating cyclists killed in London in 2011. Watch
Read more US UK
Carfree Times #64 has just been released. It is the last
Carfree Times issue this year, and according to author Joel
Crawford, "Carfree.com as a whole will have served about 1.2
million pages and 95 GB of files in 2011."
ELIMINATE HORN HONKING!
Horn honking is a nuisance to many people. Horns going off at night disturbs everyone.
A New York resident decided she would take it no more and has
launched a petition to get this technology eliminated and bring
about saner air waves for everyone. There are alternative
technologies that are already available.
So please take a moment to go to the petition and sign it. Pass
it onto your friends who would also like to put a end to useless
You will sleep better tonight!
The petition is located here.
Delhi leaders announced plans for a congestion charge to ease
traffic woes in the city. The 150-rupee fee, which would be
imposed on private vehicles entering central city areas during
the day, will encourage the use public transportation instead.
Motor-vehicle traffic in Delhi has doubled in the last five
years. In the meantime, India is posting its lowest car sales in
a decade with a drop of 23.8 percent in October 2011.
In the Indian state of Bihar, it has been noticed that
providing students with bikes increases school attendance. The
Mukhyamantri Balika Cycling Yojna project gives female students
in the state of Bihar 2,000 rupees so that they can buy a
bicycle to travel to school. Since the project began, 871,000
girls have started cycling to school, and the number of girls
enrolled in school has increased from 160,000 to 490,000 over
the last seven years.
China matures as an automobile society. The 100 millionth
vehicle was added to China’s streets late this year; that number
is expected to reach 200 million by the year 2020, by which time
private cars are also expected to be the primary means of
transportation. Some have questioned the strategy of car bans
and would rather see the automobile embraced, including some
within the government.
By 2012 Beijing is set to reach 5 million cars. It is already
the country's most congested city.
A world away, Sacramento’s State Route 275, once a mile-long
stretch of freeway, has been converted into the Tower Bridge
Gateway, a landscaped boulevard featuring wide sidewalks, bike
lanes, trees, street-level pedestrian crossings, and 35 mph
At a sport's outing in Japan, a number of luxary cars
(including 8 Ferraris) were all involved in a pile-up crash that
spared humans, but cost $3.85 million. The cars were moving at
140-160 km/h at the time this happened.
After Paris's successful bike hire system Velib', the city has
just now launched a short term public car rental system, called
Autolib' - which is the first car rental system of this scale in
a European capital. Autolib' has 1120 stations and 3000 electric
A new study put out by the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) investigates the potential of cycling to reduce emissions. This is the first study to take into account emissions related to production, maintenance and the fuel of the bicycle.
The study comes to show that
cycling emissions are ten times lower than those of a
passenger car and e-bikes have emissions in the same range as
The full study is
ISOMETRIC BIKE DRAWING
A French collaborative bike mechanics workshop, called
"Velorution Ile de France) has created a high-quality isometric
biked drawing. The image above is only a portion of what is
The image is free to reproduce and modify. Illustrations are not captioned, they can be described in any language. Commercial use is prohibited.
Read about Velorution
Carfree.com has launched its own Youtube channel - "Carfree
Cities". The small but growing collection of carfree themed
videos includes "Occupy All Streets" as well as portraits of
several urban areas. More videos are expected in the near
2012 CYCLISTS IN INDIA CALENDAR
A 2012 desktop calendar that features portraits of everyday
cyclists in India is available for download as a free, printable
PDF. The photographs and accompanying texts describe the daily
transportation stories of street vendors, a sewage cleaner, a
postal worker, a student, a milkman, a recycler, a software
engineer, and more.