Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

CAR BUSTERS BULLETIN #34 - MAY 2002

Expand Messages
  • Car Busters
    =================================== -- -- -- -- CAR BUSTERS BULLETIN -- -- -- -- =================================== CAR BUSTERS Magazine and Resource Centre
    Message 1 of 1 , May 8, 2002
    • 0 Attachment
      ===================================
      -- -- -- -- CAR BUSTERS BULLETIN -- -- -- --
      ===================================

      CAR BUSTERS Magazine and Resource Centre - Krátká 26, 100 00 Praha 10,
      Czech Republic - tel: +(420) 2-7481-0849 - fax: +(420) 2-7481-6727
      <carbusters@...> - <http://www.carbusters.org>
      ………………………………………………………….
      Monthly edition no. 34 - May 2002 - English version
      ....................................................................……….....
      Car Busters is a magazine and resource centre
      for the world car-free/anti-car movement.

      NOTE: If this bulletin is formatted poorly for your browser, you can view
      the bulletin at <http://www.carbusters.org> as an HTML page. It will be
      uploaded in a day or two.

      For sending messages to Car Busters use <carbusters@...>.
      Please do NOT just hit "reply."

      CONTENTS:

      WORLD NEWS
      1- BUSH ENERGY POLICY CRITIC OUSTED AS HEAD OF CLIMATE
      CHANGE PANEL
      2- EUR 200,000 PER PAGE: WAS ANYONE EVER PAID MORE TO
      IGNORE NATURE?
      3- FORD MANUFACTURING PLANT WILL SPOIL CZECH FARMLAND
      4- US SENATE ADOPTS "CONSERVE BY BIKE" AMENDMENT
      5- NO MONEY FOR US RAIL TRANSIT?
      REPORTS FROM PAST EVENTS
      6- ASIA REPORT ON EARTH CAR-FREE DAY 2002
      7- END OF THE ROAD GATHERING IN UK
      ANNOUNCEMENTS AND JOBS
      8- THREE REASONS TO VISIT OUR WEB SITE THIS MONTH
      9- NEW GRAPHICS BOOK
      10- CAR BUSTERS MAGAZINE #14 IS HERE!
      11- NEW ISSUES OUT: CARFREE TIMES & TRANSPORTATION
      ALTERNATIVES
      12- JOB POSTING: TORONTO, CANADA
      13- ERRATA: MEXICO CITY CORRECTION
      UPCOMING EVENTS
      14- BIKE SUMMER 2002 IN PORTLAND
      15- STREET SHARING IN BRUSSELS
      16- AGAINST THE RETURN OF TRUCKS IN MONT-BLANC TUNNEL
      DISCLAIMER
      -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      WORLD NEWS

      1) BUSH ENERGY POLICY CRITIC OUSTED AS HEAD OF CLIMATE
      CHANGE PANEL
      [submitted by Todd Edelman - source:
      <http://news.independent.co.uk/world/environment/story.jsp?story=286964
      v>]

      The Bush administration was accused of pandering to the oil industry on
      April 19 after an outspoken critic of America's energy policy was voted out
      of his job as chairman of the world's premier scientific body on climate
      change. In a secret ballot held at a meeting in Geneva, the UN-sponsored
      Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change elected the India delegate,
      Rajendra Pachauri, as its chairman. He beat the current chairman, Robert
      Watson, the US delegate, by 76 votes to 49.
      Controversy had mired the meeting since it was revealed the US State
      Department was supporting Pachauri over Watson, who has criticised
      Bush's energy policy. That controversy turned to outrage when
      environmental groups uncovered a memo from the US oil corporation Exxon-
      Mobil – a major contributor to Bush's election campaign – asking the White
      House to unseat Watson, who it considered had an "aggressive agenda."


      2) EUR 200,000 PER PAGE: WAS ANYONE EVER PAID MORE TO IGNORE
      NATURE?
      [submitted by CEE Bankwatch Network]

      The Italian company SPEA Ingegneria Europea received EUR 394,000 from
      the PHARE CBC (Cross Border Cooperation) programme to investigate and
      develop alternatives for the construction of the "Struma" highway outside
      the Kresna gorge in Southwestern Bulgaria. As a result, a two-page
      description and several maps were produced. Completed within a weekend,
      this "file" is used to argue that it is impossible to find a feasible alternative
      and the highway must go through Kresna gorge, thus destroying the
      landscape, killing plants and rare species (some of the rarest in the world)
      and doing irreversible damage to this outstanding natural value in Bulgaria.


      3) FORD MANUFACTURING PLANT WILL SPOIL CZECH FARMLAND
      [submitted by Friends of the Earth Czech Republic]

      Thirteen Czech environmental groups sent a letter to Ford Motor Company
      today demanding that it stop placement of a manufacturing plant on prime
      agricultural land in the Czech Republic. Ford is founder and 25 percent
      owner of NEMAK Co., which recently broke ground on the facility with an
      expected annual output of 1,600,000 engine heads. The facility's operations
      are expected to release toxic substances such as heavy metals and dioxins
      in the middle of the last remaining farmland in this part of North Bohemia —
      one of the most environmentally devastated regions in both the Czech
      Republic and Europe overall.
      The US Environmental Protection Agency deems aluminium processing
      plants such as the planned NEMAK facility a significant source of dioxin
      pollution. By locating a dioxin source in the heart of tilled land, NEMAK's
      facility would make a bad situation worse, creating an additional
      contamination risk for farm soil and products, and as a result, for food.
      NEMAK chose a greenfield site despite the availability of nearby
      brownfields in the district where the environmental impact would be much
      lower. ''Investors like greenfields. There are brownfields [in the district], but
      why would we build a factory in the middle of a former coal pit?'' NEMAK
      spokesman Pavel Kucera told the media. ''They would have to pave the
      roads with gold for us to go there.''
      Eight legal actions have been brought against NEMAK's project, and
      more are in preparation. ''The former East-bloc states are racing to the
      bottom in their efforts to attract foreign investors,'' says Pavel Franc from
      the Environmental Law Service, a Czech public interest law organization,
      ''and thus these investors dictate the terms. Details are available at
      <http://www.i-eps.cz/eng/index.html>.


      4) US SENATE ADOPTS "CONSERVE BY BIKE" AMENDMENT
      [submitted by Todd Edelman - source:
      <http://www.bikeleague.org/mediacenter/medprs041202.htm>]

      During the April 11 debate on the energy bill, the United States Senate
      adopted an amendment that would promote energy conservation through
      bicycling. The Conserve By Bike Amendment establishes within the
      Department of Transportation a Conserve By Bicycling pilot program. This
      program would oversee up to ten pilot projects geographically dispersed
      across the US designed to conserve energy resources by providing
      education and marketing tools to convert car trips to bike trips. In addition,
      the projects would encourage partnerships between stakeholders from
      transportation, law enforcement, education, public health, environment, and
      energy fields. The Department of Transportation is also authorised to
      conduct a study on the feasibility and benefits on the conversion of car
      trips to bike trips. The amendment authorises $5.5 million for the pilot
      projects and the study. The full energy bill is slowly making progress
      through the Senate, but debate on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife
      Refuge has yet to occur.


      5) NO MONEY FOR US RAIL TRANSIT?
      [submitted by Ken Avidor]

      The enemies of rail transit always say there isn't enough money for light rail
      and intercity rail....but high above the Earth, it's another story:
      "CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - Astronauts sent the international space
      station's new railcar down a short stretch of track today in the inaugural run
      of the first permanent railroad in orbit. But they soon encountered a snag,
      prompting NASA to interrupt the test. The solution for this is probably
      going to involve a lot of manual commanding from the ground,'' Mission
      Control informed the astronauts. Space station resident Carl Walz got the
      railcar rolling this morning by sending computer commands from inside. The
      empty flatcar crept along at less than two-tenths of an inch per second, then
      sped up to four-tenths of an inch per second as it travelled 17 3/4 feet and
      then stopped, on cue, at a designated work station. The $190 million railcar
      eventually will be used to transport the space station's robot arm from one
      end of the outpost to the other for construction work."
      Seventeen feet of track at four-tenths of an inch per second and
      computer snags for $190 million of taxpayers' money...

      REPORTS FROM PAST EVENTS

      6) ASIAN EARTH CAR-FREE DAY 2002
      [submitted by Eric Britton, Ecoplan - source: Reuters]

      In Singapore, a campaign to get people to use public transportation fell flat,
      prompting "Car Free Day" organisers to complain it would take years for the
      city-state to go green. Penelope Phoon, executive director of the Singapore
      Environment Council (SEC), estimated around 5,000 car owners gave up
      using their cars to mark Earth Day — a little over one percent of the 403,000
      private and rental cars.
      In the Philippines, thousands of cyclists took to the streets of the capital
      Manila to press for more bicycle-friendly streets and to protest against the
      city's horrendous air pollution. The ride, covering 50 km (31 miles) through
      seven cities in the greater metropolitan Manila region was also held to
      highlight the plight of fireflies. The Firefly Brigade, a volunteer citizens
      action group that organised the cycle ride, claims the city's fireflies have all
      fled Manila because of the high level of toxins in the air.


      7) END OF THE ROAD GATHERING
      [Thanks to Adam and Eleanor]

      The conference to mark the resurrection of the road-protests in the UK was
      a great success, attended by between 50-100 people from all other the
      country and beyond. Strategy meetings laid down the blueprints for future
      campaigns, training events and networks. Obviously we can’t tell you too
      much, but look out for a newsletter appearing for the network sometime
      soon.

      ANNOUNCEMENTS AND JOBS

      8) THREE REASONS TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE THIS MONTH
      [Submitted by Richard Lane, Car Busters]

      ONE: to find out what's going on with the World Car-Free Days in our
      discussion forum, to get copies of the WCFD logos in various languages
      and to register your group (new improved form! now works!)
      TWO: to register your group in our directory which will soon become a
      huge, heaving, comprehensive worldwide catalog of transport activism.
      THREE: because we've got a hit counter now and we want to see some big
      numbers there. SO, OFF YOU GO!


      9) NEW GRAPHICS BOOK: LAST CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
      [submitted by Cat Busters]

      We’re putting the final touches on the new Car Busters Graphics Book and
      CD-ROM. This is your last chance to submit any graphics to us for
      consideration, preferably as 72-dpi JPEG or GIF files, or paper originals. (If
      we decide to include your graphic in the Graphics Book, we’ll ask for a
      higher-resolution version later.) Basically we’re looking for high-quality
      transportation-themed graphics that can be made available for free reuse by
      activists and campaigners around the world, for their fliers, posters,
      newsletters and other graphic materials. Please send them as e-mail
      attachments with the subject headline ”Graphics Book Submission,” by
      June 1.


      10) CAR BUSTERS MAGAZINE
      [submitted by Car Busters, surprise!]

      Get your copy of Car Busters magazine #14, featuring:
      Travels on a Time Bike: Pedalling Backwards Against the flow of Time
      Exploring Medieval Urbanism in Fes, Morocco
      The Politics of Urban Form
      Exciting World News, Action! and Industry Watch sections
      and much, much more.
      If you are a subscriber, your April-June issue of the magazine is in the mail.
      The magazine is also distributed around Europe and North America. To find
      out where you can pick up a copy nearest you, see
      <http://www.carbusters.ecn.cz//magazine/index.htm>.

      Submission deadline for magazine #15
      Magazine #15, exploring Visions of Future Cities, is already under way.
      Don’t be shy: If you have a vision of what future cities should look like —
      whether detailed or dream-like, professional or poetic, textual or artistic —
      you have until May 31 to send it in (along with your action reports,
      graphics, letters, announcements, and whatever else).


      11) NEW ISSUES OUT: CARFREE TIMES AND TRANSPORTATION
      ALTERNATIVES

      Carfree Times: Issue 25 of the quarterly on-line newsletter was released
      April 16: <http://www.carfree.com/cft/i025.html>
      Transportation Alternatives: The Spring issue of this New York City-area
      magazine includes news on bicycle, pedestrian and sensible transportation
      issues, features and much, much more. View the Table of Contents or
      request a copy: <http://www.transalt.org/about/current.html>.

      12) JOB POSTING
      [submitted by Jacquelyn Hayward, Black Creek Regional Transportation
      Management Association]

      Executive Director
      Black Creek Regional Transportation Management Association
      Toronto, Canada
      The Black Creek Regional Transportation Management Association seeks
      Executive Director for a one year term, with possibility of renewal. Duties
      will include recruiting new corporate and government members to the
      association; running trip reduction programs to promote a shift from driving
      alone to options such as transit, carpooling, cycling and walking; acting as
      media spokesperson; and general organisational administration. Excellent
      opportunity for motivated individual looking to work proactively to make a
      difference to local traffic and smog woes. Deadline is May 13th, August 1st
      is potential start date. E-mail <info@...> for more information and a
      full job description.


      13) ERRATA: MEXICO CITY CORRECTION

      Bulletin reader Rilme Suterwalla spotted an error in last month’s story on
      Mexico City. The story stated that “the 42 millions of litres of petrol burned
      daily in Mexico City produce 2,100,000 tons per year of toxic emissions.
      With the second level's increase of speed the emissions could be reduced
      *to* 5,292 tons/year.” The story’s author has confirmed with us that it
      should have read “...could be reduced *by* 5,292 tons/year.” If you still
      don’t understand what all this really means, don’t worry; you are not alone.


      UPCOMING EVENTS

      14) BIKE SUMMER 2002 IN PORTLAND
      [submitted by Ayleen Crotty]

      Bike Summer is a month long festival of bike-related activities to celebrate
      cycling and encourage more folks to bike. It started in San Francisco, USA,
      in 1999. Since then it has been held in Vancouver, Canada; and Chicago,
      USA. This summer it will blast off in Portland, Oregon, USA. From Bicycle
      Ballet and Bike Polo to workshops, actions, lectures and more, Bike Summer
      2002 will be an incredible month. For more information, check out
      <http://www.Bikesummer.org> or e-mail <bikesummer@...>.


      15) STREET SHARING IN BRUSSELS
      [submitted by Max]

      Following the December 18, 2001 debate around the city‘s mobility policy, a
      new Street Sharing action is on its way. On April 15, members of the
      Pentagone Neighbourhood Committee, along with other members of Street
      Sharing, addressed the City of Brussels’ communal council about the
      mobility policy in the Pentagone quarter. On May 5 action replaced words.
      The Street Sharing platform and petition are available at
      <http://www.collectifs.net/streetsharing/>.

      More action coming up:
      Sunday, May 12: Dring Dring bike parade: Departure from Cinquantenaire at
      5 pm <www.provelo.org>.
      Thursday, May 16: Dring Dring demonstration at 8.30 am, place Stéphanie,
      in front of Cabinet Chabert.
      Thursday, May 16, 6 pm: Apéro-vélo. Meet at Maison des Cyclistes, rue de
      Londres 15.
      Friday, May 17, 5 pm: Demo on rue de la Loi before the Dring Dring closing
      ceremony, (to be confirmed) Rusted Nail Award ceremony.
      Saturday, May 18: Closing action of Dring Dring with Fietsersbond. Meet at
      Gare du Nord at 2 pm <www.fietsersbond.be>.
      Friday, May 31: fourth 2002 Critical Mass ride. Meet at 6 pm, Place de
      Namur, Square du Bastion. <http://placeovelo.collectifs.net>.


      16) DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE RETURN OF
      THE TRUCKS IN THE MONT-BLANC TUNNEL
      [submitted by Renate Zauner, Initiative Transports Europe]

      Chamonix-Courmayeur, May 13: Support the locals in their fight against
      trucks. Prior to this demonstration the Chamonix valley population so
      vehemently asked for 0 trucks that even the government got frightened
      (especially in the light of upcoming elections of course) and the French
      transport minister offered to only allow 19-ton lorries back in the tunnel.
      This compromise was accepted by the population and these trucks thus
      returned on April 8. However, the French transport minister later changed
      his mind and announced that there would be two more phases: trucks with
      up to four axles on May 13 and opening to all kinds of traffic by June 25.
      Let's stop those trucks: 9 pm: La Vigie, Chamonix, France, where the road
      leaves for the Mont Blanc tunnel; 9 pm: Courmayeur, Italy. As of midnight,
      people on both sides of the tunnel will be on the watch-out for trucks.


      DISCLAIMER:

      There is no disclaimer this month. Car Busters feels completely responsible for every letter, word and
      paragraph in this bulletin. And we will take responsibility for anything that might happen to readers while
      reacting to the bulletin. It’s all our fault: if you drop your toast butter side down while reading, blame it on us;
      if your pants get caught in the fence while escaping from a factory at night, please accept our humble
      apologies; if a limping, five-legged duck from the nuclear plant next door randomly attacks children
      in your neighbourhood... well, that one was Auto-Free Times’ fault.


      ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
      CAR BUSTERS Magazine and Resource Centre
      Kratka 26, 100 00 Praha 10, Czech Republic
      Tel: +(420) 2-7481-08-49 ; Fax: +(420) 2-7481-67-27
      <carbusters@...> <http://www.carbusters.org>
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.