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Re: [NewMobilityCafe] Fair Transport - The Jane Jacobs Rules

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  • joshua odeleye
    The Jane Jacobs benchmark below are indeed equitable.And since most of these qualities are not available in most developing countries,i wish to agree that
    Message 1 of 2 , May 3, 2006
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      The Jane Jacobs benchmark below are indeed
      equitable.And since most of these qualities are not
      available in most developing countries,i wish to agree
      that EQUITABLE TRANSPORT would do the magic.
      JOSHUA ODELEYE
      NIGERIAN INSTITUTE OF TRANSPORT TECHNOLOGY,
      P.M.B 1148,ZARIA,NIGERIA

      --- "Eric.Britton" <eric.britton@...> wrote:

      > Comments and suggestions are still coming in on
      > this. But I thought that
      > you might like to see and comment on the basic
      > "pillars" which are
      > intended to help us all understand what this ides of
      > Fair or Equitable
      > Transport is all about. As you will note, I propose
      > that we use this
      > opportunity to honor the work and memory of Jane
      > Jacobs, 1916-2006. (I
      > have known Mrs. Jacobs long enough and well enough
      > to be quite sure that
      > she would nod her head as we go down this list and
      > say, "yes Eric, you
      > can go ahead with that.")
      >
      >
      >
      > Fair Transport - The Jane Jacobs Rules [1]
      >
      >
      >
      > 1. Sustainable transport: Fair Transport does not by
      > any means turn
      > its back on the now well established concerns,
      > priorities and solutions
      > brought forward by the sustainable transport
      > movement over the last two
      > decades. All the precious values associated with
      > sustainable
      > development are incorporated within the concept of
      > Fair Transport, but
      > which stretches beyond them in the ways indicated
      > here
      > 2. Human and social impacts: Requires as the very
      > first priority a
      > detailed and mature understanding of how the
      > proposed new, improved or
      > restructured transport investment or policy is going
      > to impact on "we
      > ordinary people step by step in our daily lives".
      > 3. Non-Transport Solutions: Recognizes that at least
      > a good half of
      > the solutions needed to deal with problems or
      > insufficiencies that in a
      > first instance are identified with 'transport
      > shortcomings' must in fact
      > involve non-transport solutions (typical examples
      > being locational and
      > land use changes, TDM, time management, mobility
      > substitutes, etc.)
      > 4. Balanced Modes: Provides full and equal treatment
      > of all forms
      > of mobility (human-powered, public transport,
      > intermediate/shared
      > transport forms, motorized private transport) in the
      > areas of planning,
      > financing and infrastructure provision, maintenance
      > and operation.
      > Given the act that the majority of people are not
      > car owner/drivers non
      > own-car solutions should be heavily favored.
      > 5. Full Access for All: Provides full, fair and safe
      > access to
      > people of all ages, conditions of health, economic
      > situation and in
      > terms of where they live and work. Convenient rural
      > accessibility to all
      > services and functions is critical.
      > 6. Women and children: Gives full consideration to
      > critical (and
      > heretofore generally neglected) gender differences
      > and needs at all
      > stages of the discussion, planning, and decision
      > process. This can only
      > be assured through full representation and
      > participation of female
      > leaders and active participants.
      > 7. Cost effectiveness: (a) Represents the cheapest
      > way to get the
      > (full) job done to the key targeted specifications
      > (those being human)
      > while (b) also fully serving non-drivers and lower
      > income groups.
      > 8. Large projects: Suggests that any large project
      > (say more than
      > $100k) be carefully inspected to ensure that its
      > most important human
      > and social (this includes economic and
      > environmental) objectives cannot
      > be better met by one or a set of smaller projects or
      > policies.
      > 9. Small project strategies and management: On the
      > understanding
      > that what is needed is large numbers of small
      > projects each doing their
      > own job, requires that at least 50% of the total
      > investment budget be
      > allocated to small projects (criteria?). These
      > projects should be
      > generated through local actions and participation.
      > 10. Near term improvements: Places heavy emphasis on
      > innovative and
      > measurable near term improvements (say less than 2-4
      > years from
      > conception to achievement), while fully aligning
      > them with the
      > underlying principles set out here.
      > 11. Public spaces and community: Serves to improve
      > the quantity,
      > quality, and social usefulness of public spaces, and
      > thereby reinforcing
      > human contacts, sense of community, local and
      > regional culture
      > 12. New Tools: The toolset of the planners and
      > policy makers in the
      > sector need to be dramatically expanded. A very
      > incomplete list would
      > include direct involvement in all project stages
      > from the outset of
      > behavioral psychologists, gender specialists, public
      > space experts, and
      > new forms of pubic participation, group work and
      > interactive
      > communications. (This list is incomplete and
      > intended here only for the
      > purposes of giving a first indication.)
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > _____
      >
      > [1] I propose that we use this opportunity to honor
      > the work and memory
      > of Jane Jacobs, 1916-2006.
      >
      >


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