World Carfree News #97 - September 2012 - English Version
""Critical Mass was born 20 years ago among dozens of people in San Francisco and has reproduced itself in over 350 cities around the world thanks to the diligent efforts of countless thousands across the planet."
Chris Carlsson, co-founder of Critical Mass, has reflected on
the phenomenon twenty years later, as well as spearheaded an
effort to provide a worthy glance at the achievements gained
in the new book (presented below). This quote is excerpted
from "Ruminations of an accidental diplomat".
San Francisco is celebrating twenty years of Critical Mass!
Rides and events are taking place at this time and a brand new
book is now released with entries from around the world. The
book is also available for order.
"The Sound of Cycling": Velo-city Conference 2013 in Vienna
is issuing a call for contributions to be submitted by 22
October 2012. The conference will be organised by the European
Cyclists' Federation (ECF) and the City of Vienna from 11 to
Call for contributions:
The new Carfree Times Issue 67 is out, with specials on
Piscataquis Village and Quebec City. Read more
Actions that promote sustainable travel are eligible for up
to 7000 EUR funding through this EU initiative: Do the right
Mix. The closing date for applications this year is 15 October
2012, but the activities themselves must take place during the
period 15 November 2012 to June 2013.
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The top photograph was taken by Mo. K. as a part of Auckland's "Picture This" feature. It was shot from a moving train by a carfree enthusiast. The middle picture comes courtesy of Cycle Chic Belgium and the cartoon was brought to you by Andy Singer.
In the city of Charlotte, NC, USA the local bicycle alliance
has shared that cycling is on the rise and that a new bike
share program has been launched, referred to as Charlotte
Creativity in the cycling world of New York City continues to
grow. In one case, cyclists in Brooklyn frustrated with police
cars parking on the bike path created their own barrier to
...meanwhile a new smart phone app helps cyclists injured in
a crash to quickly
document the situation. This can be added to the new phenomenon of cyclists sporting video cameras, as previously reported.
In Cardiff, England councillor Ralph Cook has urged the
construction of a carfree suburb, that would build up to 2000
homes. Such a move was described as a "first of its kind" for
Britain. A vote will take place on this in October.
ELTIS reports that after a temporary slump due to the global
economic crisis, world auto production is back on the rise and
there is now one car for every seven people on the planet. The
end of 2012 could see one billion cars on the world's roads.
We just launched a petition in Italy asking to the Parliament
to introduce 30 km/h (20 mph) limit speed in all urban areas
in italy in order to improve cyclists' and pedestrians'
We need your support:
Go to the petition
The European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) and European
Greenways Association (EGWA) invite you to attend the first
Joint Conference on "EuroVelo, Greenways and Cycle Tourism".
It will take place on Wednesday 26th September 2012 in
There is a new 60-page document available on bike/rail
integration from ATOC, the Association of Train Operating
Companies in Britain.
A qualitative study of non-driving youth, conducted by the
Adolescent Mobility Health Consortium (AMHC) at the University
of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, suggests that young people
who don't drive cars choose buses, trains, cycling and walking
mainly because they are more affordable and convenient
Nine Maori, Pacific and Asian young people participated in "Picture This, Auckland!", a PhotoVoice project focused on young people in Auckland, New Zealand that do not drive.
For more information, contact Aime Ward at
Cycle Chic Belgium went out into the street with a
professional photographer in Bruges and more than 400 cyclists
were enthusiastic to have their photo taken. After a voting
competition on Facebook and a selection of the jury, 20 photos
were included for the outdoor exhibition. The expo can be seen
until the end of September.
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