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  • Carlos F. Pardo SUTP
    This post below was sent to sustran but rejected due to file size. I have edited it and sent it again. Carlos F. Pardo
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 25, 2006
      This post below was sent to sustran but rejected due to file size. I have
      edited it and sent it again. Carlos F. Pardo
      De: Carlos F. Pardo SUTP [mailto:carlos.pardo@...]
      Enviado el: Domingo, 23 de Abril de 2006 11:42 a.m.
      Para: 'Asia and the Pacific sustainable transport';
      Asunto: RE: [sustran] New Mobility Citizen Poll for Your City- A Proposal

      The idea is cool, and the first step could be to see if some cities already
      have some data (in order to answer Eric’s question about “what has been
      done”). I am attaching some pages from a local (non-governmental) survey
      called Bogotá Como Vamos. Here are the attitudes towards some aspects of
      mobility (in Spanish, however). The complete results are available from

      In Bogotá there are also results from the Urban Mobility Observatory and the
      National Census, which I do not have here with me. But I guess we could wait
      and see if other cities have this information readily available. I know that
      Lima also did focus groups towards bicycle use (available from
      www.fonamperu.org ) and I helped develop focus groups for Mexico- but I
      never new if they were implemented by CTS-Embarq. Any other information like
      this would be very useful (I’ve described this briefly in the chapter on
      “knowing the population” in the module about public awareness from
      www.sutp.org/download/ which is being expanded in the training course in

      The answers to the typical questions (such as the ones attached) could help
      to have an overview of what the population thinks about one or another topic
      in transport, and continue by doing interventions such as the one described
      by Walter.

      Best regards,

      Carlos F. Pardo
      De: sustran-discuss-bounces+carlos.pardo=sutp.org@...
      [mailto:sustran-discuss-bounces+carlos.pardo=sutp.org@...] En
      nombre de Eric Britton
      Enviado el: Domingo, 23 de Abril de 2006 11:34 a.m.
      Para: NewMobilityCafe@yahoogroups.com; Sustran Resource Centre
      CC: CarFreeCafe@yahoogroups.com
      Asunto: [sustran] New Mobility Citizen Poll for Your City- A Proposal

      New Mobility Citizen Poll for Your City– A Proposal for Discussion
      When it comes to creating more viable and fairer transport systems, and
      behind that our real objective: more agreeable and more sustainable cities,
      we have one recurrent problem that we can perhaps deal with if we put our
      heads together.
      As is well known, whenever any given ‘soft transport’, “public space” or
      some type of “not quite so many cars” initiative is proposed in any given
      place, the first and most striking thing that happens is the howls of
      protest that immediately emerge from  all those who claim that their
      democratic entitlements are being threatened by, as they often like to put
      it, some small group of arrogant bike-happy  technocrats and their fellow
      eco-travelers. And since the media always likes a good cat fight, these
      righteous citizens often dominate the news. For the rest, for you and me and
      others like us, hey! we’re the Silent Minority.  The absolutely
      Well, it does not always have to be like that and here is one proposal
      concerning which I would like to invite discussions and refinement – all as
      a prelude to giving this idea a couple of trial runs in one or more
      pioneering cities.
      The idea is to carry out an annual open citizen survey of attitudes and
      preferences concerning transport policy and practice (and the investments
      that go with it) in your city.  The results should be made widely available
      through old and new media, and brought to the fore of the attention of the
      politicians, administrators and policy makers in your city. Here without any
      pretense of it being anything other than a grain of sand to get us going is
      my draft proposal for content for quick mini-survey that can be administered
      by phone, email or on any street corner by volunteers:
      Note to the reader: In a first instance, before digging into the details, I
      would like to ask the members of this fine group: (a) is this an idea that
      is worth pursuing; (b) are there some (better)examples that we should be
      looking at and learning from. Then once we have a feel for this as a useful
      activity, we can then start to see how we might together fine tune a good
      questionnaire and routine.

      1, Draft Mini-survey (for comment and . . . ) 
      All questions where appropriate to be answered simply by a 1 (yes), 0 (don’t
      know), -or -1 (no), which will facilitate aggregation and overview.
      1. Name
      2. City of residence
      3. M/F
      4. Age: <15; 15-30; 30-65; >65
      5. Do you own/drive a car?
      6. My city government has a coherent, announced transportation policy:
      7. I believe that this is a wise and well executed policy.
      8. We need to spend more money to build more roads and more parking as a
      main transport priority.
      9. We need to give much more attention and spend more money on “soft
      transport” and related life quality initiatives (examples: better support of
      pedestrians and cyclists, traffic calming,  more public transport, new forms
      of shared transport, ITC substitutes for displacement.)
      10. It is possible for people to live here well and easily without having
      their own car.
      11. If they want my vote -- all candidates for local public office should
      take a firm stand on their transportation policies, and issue as part of
      their platform a signed personal statement indicating their support of more
      sustainable  transport  projects and programs.
      Your eventual brief comments or suggestions: ____________________________

      2. How to execute – Thoughts on
      • This maybe is pushing it for length. If it can’t be administered in three
      minutes, it probably will not do the job. Try it out on a couple of friends
      and let us know.
      • There is plenty of evidence that people tend to create and administrate
      questionnaires that one way or another tend to elicit their favored
      response. We should meticulously  avoid doing this, and in our selection of
      questions – and people to be queried. If it ain’t neutral, it is not worth a
      lot. So careful, eh?
      • The simple mental model I have for this is an excel table with names in
      columns, etc. All leading to easy sorting and sub-total
      • To have a real impact, it will best be administered at some fixed time.
      As examples: on Earth Day, in cooperation with any local Car Free Days,
      European Moblity Week, etc.)
      • The procedures and information should be fully public so that there can be
      no charges of rigging the returns.  (Expect in Belarusia and Florida in
      which it is OK.)
      • Also involve schools, various clubs and groups, senior citizens,
      handicapped, pedestrian and cyclist naturally but also take it into
      hospitals, prisons, old people’s homes, jails, and the homeless.
      • Local media partnerships, and even strong involvement by them, will be
      most useful.
      • I would propose that the on-street interviews be carried out on one day –
      but that an entire week be given over to the entire procedures.
      • The results should be publicly announced.
      • And then all those in local government should be asked to comment and give
      their appreciations of what this means. (Note: Our friends in South Africa
      with their first Car Free Days last year did a good job of this which we
      might usefully consult)
      • We propose that this be an annual exercise.
      • And that to the extent possible and sensible, we might want to think about
      questions and formats that are sufficiently parallel to allow us to
      • BTW, is there or has there ever been anything like this in your city?
      Neighborhood? That we can learn from?

      3. Parallel in-death Survey
      It may be a good idea to have a more in depth survey for those people
      disposed to spend more time with us on this.
      The trick will be to determine who, how, when,  - and how used?
      Here are a few first thoughts on this to get us going:
      • Employment, social status
      • Where live/where work
      • If it were faster and cheaper to get to work or school by some way other
      than driving a car (in traffic) would you be willing to consider it?
      • When was the last time you took a bus or rail transit?
      • Used a bike to get to work or school?
      •        D you think that it might be a good idea for your city to publish
      and maintain a “sustainable transportation webpage” that reports on key
      indicators including traffic deaths and incidents (by gravity and type), CO2
      or other clean air indicators, parametric indicators of infrastructure and
      performance of NMT options, etc.
      •        Would you be willing to work, say, 20 hours over a period of one or
      two months.  as a volunteer to support better researched specific projects
      in your neighborhood.
      •        Etc.
      •        Etc
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