World Carfree News #93 - March 2012 - English Version
"The Netherlands is widely
recognized for having
the highest cycling rates in the world. What's not so well
known is that the
Dutch don't bike so much because cycling is in their DNA.
They do it because
after the country started down the path toward car
dependence, they made a
conscious decision to change course.".
-Elizabeth Press, videographer at Street Films. See the
associated video in
the Media section.
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CONFERENCE IN MEXICO
The 2012 International Conference on Walking and Sustainable
take place on September 30 to October 4, 2012 in Mexico City.
20mph PLACES CONFERENCE
"20s Plenty for Us" will be a part of the Places
conference at London's
Transport Museum on 1 May, along with representatives of
Councillors and charities. See last years conference video.
Note also the new
url of 20's Plenty.
For those interested in traditional building methods,
urbanism, the INTBAU network is hosting a number of seminars
Romania: Building Skills Programmes, June, August-September
London: Architecture in the Age of Austerity, April 30
Barcelona: Object lessons in heritage, April 21-28
WEBSITE ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN USA
The following website is devoted to public transport
the United States. Visitors to the site can find practical
information of all
sorts about getting around without the car.
Edinburgh, Scotland has taken the step to earmark 5% of its
for cycling infrastructure. This is seen as an important step
in the right
direction, one that could be emulated in other Scottish
The city of Madrid may have to remove a motorway as the
breached the EU environmental impact assessment and habitats
Canada has made use of a secret lobbying strategy to
efforts to regulate or clean up oil extracted from tar sands
to be exported to
the EU. Recently revealed information has shown that
indigenous people and
Environmental campaigners were referred to as "adversaries."
A new district in Beijing is slated for development. The
Innovation City will be a car-lite neighborhood with public
transport nodes and
non-motorised transport receiving preference. The district
will also bear other
In some districts in China, governmental attempts have been
put in place to
encourage a return to cycling. Electric bikes in particular
have been popular,
although the overall efforts have produced only mixed results.
Us taxpayers woke up on February 29th with the news that they
owners of a struggling French car company. This is due to the
unusual move of
General Motors (which was a part of the auto bail-out) in
buying a 7 percent
stake in Peugeot, which is facing serious financial problems.
WORLD BIKE FORUM
Forum just took place in Porte Alegre, Brazil. Read a blog
report by Chris
Carlsson and see pictures from the event. The event was
covered in 375 news
items in the Brazilian press.
SEE ME SAVE ME
Road Peace has launched a new campaign that intends to reduce
the danger of
lorries and save lives. Included is a call for special
technology to eliminate
the blind spot.
An Eco-housing initiative is springing up in Lancaster, UK.
This is a
carfree community development based on ecological principles.
potential residents may signal interest by March 26. Photos,
video and blog
GETTING OUTSIDE THE BOX
Sustainable transportation advocate and researcher Preston
published "Getting outside the box of the automobile", a
critique of Business
As Usual (BAU) traffic and transportation engineering in the
“Thinking Outside the Transportation Box" issue, Winter
2011-2012, of the
Canadian Civil Engineer journal.
FROM THE NETHERLANDS TO
... translating the world's
designs. This new video by streetfilms shows some of the top
designs, bringing them to North America and the world.
Meet the Maya Pedal
Association and their
pedal-powered machine Bicimaquinas. This is 100% inspiring
Guatemala. A must see!
HOW TO GET PEOPLE TO WALK
The BBC took a stroll in
Raleigh, NC, USA
and found a local initiative to get people to walk more. One
his own solo street sign campaign, showing people where they
can travel on
their own two feet.
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