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CAR BUSTERS MONTHLY E-BULLETIN NO. 42

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      No winter sales but still a pretty good bargain on car-free
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      <http://www.carbusters.org/resources/>.

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      Edition no. 42 - January 2003 - English version
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      This bulletin was compiled by Ivana Jakubková. Thanks
      to everyone for their submissions and sorry if yours didn't
      make it in here: it's probably too good to be shared.

      Contents:

      World News
      - JAPANESE GOVERNMENT TO PAY FOR ASTHMA
      - UK: CYCLING'S DEAD, LET'S BUILD MORE ROADS!
      - "DEBUNKER" OF GLOBAL WARMING FOUND
      DISHONEST
      - ALPS TUNNEL UPDATE

      Announcements
      - ROAD PROTEST IMAGE GALLERY
      - STUDY OF CAR-FREE AND MOBILITY-MANAGED
      HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS
      - (IF YOU MUST DRIVE) MAKE YOUR OWN
      BIODIESEL
      - WALK21 IV CONFERENCE: HEALTH, EQUITY &
      ENVIRONMENT
      - BIKE WISE WEEK 2003
      - JOB OPPORTUNITY AT EYFA
      - BUILDING A NEW CITY TOUR

      Car Busters Announcements
      - TOWARDS CAR-FREE CITIES III: REGISTER NOW!
      - CAR BUSTERS MAGAZINE NO. 16 RELEASED
      - IVAN ILLICH MEMORIAL MAGAZINE (NO. 17) - CALL
      FOR SUBMISSIONS

      Things to Read
      - HIGH AND MIGHTY

      Disclaimer


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      WORLD NEWS >>
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      JAPANESE GOVERNMENT TO PAY FOR ASTHMA
      [from the latest Carfree Times at
      <http://www.carfree.com>]

      A group of Japanese asthma sufferers has won
      US$638,000 in a suit against the Japanese government
      alleging that road-related air pollution in Tokyo either
      gave them asthma or exacerbated existing asthma. The
      plaintiffs live within 50 metres of major roads and
      highways in central Tokyo.
      The court cited the failure of the national government,
      the Metropolitan Expressway Public Corp., and the
      Tokyo metropolitan government to properly build and
      manage Tokyo's roads. "The extent of the violation is
      very serious. The large volumes of exhaust that are
      continually released have caused and exacerbated
      bronchial asthma, which can endanger a person's life,"
      the court said.


      UK: CYCLING'S DEAD, LET'S BUILD MORE ROADS!
      [spotted by Peter Day on BBC News, Dec. 12 and Dave
      Morris in The Observer Dec. 22]

      The biggest road-widening programme in 20 years has
      been outlined by the UK government as part of a plan to
      improve transport. Notorious bottlenecks on the M1 and
      M6 motorways are to get an extra lane, taking them to
      four lanes wide. The transport package is worth L5.5
      billion for England's roads, rail and bus infrastructure, but
      at about the same time the government admitted that
      road congestion could worsen by a fifth over the next
      decade.
      Unlike environmental and public transport groups,
      motoring groups welcomed the plan. The RAC (Royal
      Automobile Club) said it was "a realisation that an
      integrated transport policy includes road building."
      Shortly after this announcement, The Observer
      newspaper published an extensive article on the decline
      of cycling in the UK. Fewer people are using bikes to get
      to work or school than ever before: on rural roads and for
      primary school children the level is so low it has officially
      fallen to 'zero percent of trips' in national statistics.
      Overall, only two percent of trips are now taken by
      bicycle in the UK, compared with 85 percent by car. This
      represents a decline in cycling by 25 percent and in
      walking by almost 30 percent since 1990.
      The government has spectacularly failed with its goal
      of increasing cycling levels four-fold to reach eight
      percent of all trips by 2012, which would have matched
      the level Germany was at in 1996. Instead, it will now try
      to triple cycling by 2010, which still looks like wishful
      thinking, although the government is putting in record
      levels of funding. It has just begun a nationwide
      assessment of all councils' performance on cycling to
      find out why it is still declining.
      One senior consultant to ministers said: "Some places
      are great. But the prevailing attitude in most authorities is
      that the car is king, money is for road building, bikes are
      at best an afterthought and at worst a threat to road
      safety and traffic flow. The government simply has not
      had the balls to get to grips with this because they are
      afraid of the motoring lobby and now they are off
      spending billions widening roads again."
      Read the full version of the article at
      <http://www.observer.co.uk/politics/story/0,6903,864328,
      00.html>.


      "DEBUNKER" OF GLOBAL WARMING FOUND
      DISHONEST
      [spotted by Jason Kirkpatrick in the Guardian, January 9]

      Bjorn Lomborg - the director of Denmark's Environmental
      Assessment Institute and a leading would-be debunker
      of mainstream scientific opinion on issues like global
      warming and overuse of natural resources - has been
      found guilty by a Danish government committee of
      "scientific dishonesty" after a year-long investigation.
      The committee was appointed to look at four
      complaints against Lomborg's book "The Skeptical
      Environmentalist," which argues that life for humankind
      had never been better, pollution levels were falling, and
      there were enough resources for current levels of
      prosperity to continue. It also claims that the "colossal
      sums it is planned to deploy on reducing global warming
      will be money ill spent."
      Professor Lomborg's contrarian views made him a
      favourite of the rightwing establishment after the book's
      publication. On its election in March last year, Denmark's
      rightwing government made him the director of its
      Environmental Assessment Institute.
      "This is the very message of the book: children born
      today - in both the industrialised world and developing
      countries - will live longer and be healthier," the book
      concludes. "They will get more food, a better education,
      a higher standard of living, more leisure time and far
      more possibilities - without the global environment being
      destroyed. And that is a beautiful world."
      The complaints: "Lomborg is accused of fabricating
      data, selectively and surreptitiously discarding unwanted
      results, of the deliberately misleading use of statistical
      methods, consciously distorted interpretation of the
      conclusions, plagiarising of others' results or
      publications, and deliberate misrepresentation of others'
      results."
      However, the committee is not quite so harsh in its own
      conclusions, accusing Professor Lomborg of not
      comprehending the science rather than intending to
      mislead or being grossly negligent.


      ALPS TUNNEL NEWS
      [submitted by Anne Lassman of Initiative Transport
      Europe <www.ite-euro.com>]

      Since the reopening of the Mont Blanc Tunnel on June
      25, 2002, in an alternating system for vehicles over 3.5
      tonnes (one hour in one direction, then one hour in the
      opposite direction) a lot of things have happened and
      demonstrations have taken place. Here's a brief outline
      of important events both past and future:

      * October 2002: Michel Charlet, Mayor of Chamonix, was
      charged in connection with the tunnel fire in 1999. He
      has always been outspoken about road transport and the
      threat posed by the tunnel and his investigation is viewed
      in Chamonix as a punishment for his non-compliance
      with orders and pressures from the French authorities.
      This tactic was used on Charlet in 2001, when he was
      charged for an avalanche tragedy (the first time a mayor
      will be tried in France for a natural disaster!).

      * December 14, 2002: A big demonstration in Chamonix
      protested against the likely removal of the alternate traffic
      system. Protesters were removed from the road by
      police.

      * January 3: A demonstration was held in Courmayeur
      for the same reason. A large turnout surprised the police
      and showed signs of Italians' growing committment in the
      fight against road freight. The new president of the Aoste
      Region is campaigning alongside environmental
      organisations to keep truck traffic down and to retain the
      alternate system, which has kept the traffic well below
      the pre-closure average. Despite that, legal pollution
      levels in the very narrow Chamonix Valley are already
      being reached. Any increase in traffic will push many
      pollutants above accepted thresholds.

      * January 17: The Somport Tunnel opens in the
      Pyrenees. A sad day for mountain lovers all around
      Europe. Another success for the road and the oil lobbies.
      A demonstration is planned that day at Bedous, from
      12:00 onwards.

      * January 20: Bruno Rebelle, President of Greenpeace
      France, and Eric Lanoë, President of Réagir (Maurienne
      Valley, Fréjus Tunnel) are on trial in Albertville following
      the October 2001 occupation of the motorway leading to
      the Fréjus tunnel, by 1,000 demonstrators and 20
      environmental organisations. Protesters are faxing letters
      to the courthouse and a demonstration will take place in
      Albertville on the day to support Rebelle and Lanoë.


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      ANNOUNCEMENTS >>
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      ROAD PROTEST IMAGE GALLERY
      [submitted by Road Alert]

      Just thought you would like to know we have uploaded
      some of our picture archive online. If you visit
      <http://www.roadalert.org.uk> and click on the gallery link
      you can view 93 pictures from M11 Leytonstone and A46
      Batheaston protests. If you require any of the images for
      publishing, send an e-mail to <info@...>
      with the image number and we will send you the full size
      version.


      STUDY OF CAR-FREE AND MOBILITY-MANAGED
      HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS
      [submitted by Dr Jan Scheurer, formerly of Institute for
      Sustainability and Technology Policy, Australia]

      A full illustrated version of my PhD thesis, titled 'Urban
      Ecology, Innovations in Housing Policy and the Future of
      Cities: Towards Sustainability in Neighbourhood
      Communities' is now available online at
      <http://www.istp.murdoch.edu.au/publications/projects/ja
      n>. The dissertation contains the first international
      empirical comparison study of carfree and mobility-
      managed housing developments, discussed in a broad
      policy context.


      (IF YOU MUST DRIVE) MAKE YOUR OWN BIODIESEL
      [submitted by Low-Impact Living Initiative]

      On February 7-9 Low-Impact Living Initiative (LILI) is
      organising a course on "How to Make Biodiesel" in
      Redfield Community, Buckinghamshire, UK. Cost: L150
      waged, L100 unwaged. Discounts for 'Friends of LILI'. All
      meals and accommodation included.
      This A-Z course covers everything from what biodesel
      and its environmental benefits are, its cheap and safe
      production, including practical sessions: plant design and
      construction using readily-available materials; making
      biodiesel
      For more details contact LILI at tel/fax: (01296) 714184
      or check out their website <web: www.lowimpact.org>.


      WALK21 IV: HEALTH, EQUITY & ENVIRONMENT
      [submitted by Ellen Vanderslice]

      The 4th International Conference on Walking in the 21st
      Century (May 1-3, Portland, Oregon, USA) will bring
      together activists, practitioners, decision makers and
      academics in public health, transportation, and
      community planning. Together we will explore how
      walking is integrated into our infrastructure, our
      institutions, and our daily lives. We will rethink the
      context for walking and refine the tools we use in our
      work. Please join us in Portland, May 1-3, 2003!
      Registration for "Walk21 IV: Health, Equity &
      Environment" is now open. Best rates are before
      February 1.
      Register at <http://americawalks.org/walk21/> or check
      out <http:// www.walk21.com>.


      BIKE WISE WEEK 2003
      [submitted by Robert Ibell of Cycling Advocates Network
      of NZ Inc.]

      February 15-23; New Zealand
      National Bike Wise Week aims to lift the profile of cycling
      and encourage more people to take up the activity as an
      integral part of an active lifestyle. The aim is to see an
      increase in the number of cyclists and increasing
      numbers of New Zealanders enjoying healthy lifestyles.
      At <http://www.bikewise.co.nz> you will find resources to
      help you organise events to celebrate cycling, e.g. How
      to Run a Bike Day, Planning a Bike to Work Day, Being a
      Cycle Friendly Employer, The Commuter Challenge and
      Planning a Bike to School Day.
      You'll also find details of the nationwide Bike Wise
      Business Battle. It aims to encourage employers and
      employees to use their bike as a means of transport.
      National trophies will be awarded by business sector and
      there are plenty of other prizes, awarded on the basis of
      number of participants and distance travelled.


      JOB OPPORTUNITY AT EYFA
      [submitted by Eyfa]

      Eyfa, a European-wide network of individuals and
      grassroots groups active on social and environmental
      issues, is looking for a creative, inspired and energetic
      person to come in January 2003 to join the core team in
      the Amsterdam office. They need a new person that will
      manage the European Voluntary Service project, work on
      networking and approaching new groups and persons,
      and take part in general administration of grants,
      reports, our network committee, organising meetings,
      developing our web page etc.
      For more information, please send an email with
      subject heading: "eyfa core-team job application" to
      EYFA as soon as possible at < eyfa@...> or
      phone: +31.20.6657743.


      BUILDING A NEW CITY TOUR
      [submitted by Paul White of ITDP <www.itdp.org>]

      Within three years, Enrique Penalosa, former mayor of
      Bogotá, Columbia, transformed his city from a congested
      and dangerous mess, where many citizens did not have
      access to transport, into the world's leading model for
      sustainable urban design.
      Now, on the Building a New City tour, Penalosa will share
      this inspirational story and describe how Africa's leaders
      can follow "The Bogotá Model" for livable cities.
      The two-week tour, organised by the Institute for
      Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), begins
      January 15 and will bring Penalosa to four of Africa's
      leading cities: Dakar, Senegal; Cape Town
      and Pretoria, South Africa; and Accra, Ghana. Traffic
      congestion, inadequate public transport, poverty and
      poor access to jobs and services are increasingly
      problematic in each city and local leaders have asked for
      help in replicating Bogotá's success.
      Under Penalosa's leadership from 1998-2000,
      innovative transport strategies such as a successful
      busway, bicycle paths and restrictions on private car use
      were used to equalise all citizens' access to mobility and
      began to relieve the traffic congestion and air pollution
      that was choking Bogotá. His administration also built
      parks, planted trees and promoted the use of public
      space.


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      CAR BUSTERS ANNOUNCEMENTS >>
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      TOWARDS CAR-FREE CITIES III: REGISTER NOW!
      [Hosted by Car Busters, March 17-22, Prague, Czech
      Republic]

      You've heard all about this conference in past bulletins; if
      not, see the link below. Officially the registration deadline
      for participants is January 31. Please register as soon as
      possible to ensure there's space for you:
      <http://www.carbusters.org/conference>.


      CAR BUSTERS MAGAZINE NO. 16 RELEASED

      "We shape our tools and they in turn shape us" - and
      some of the shapes people are now becoming look
      decidedly unwieldy. Issue 16 of Car Busters Magazine
      looks at a phenomenon that Ken Avidor (artist, author of
      "RoadKill Bill") calls "Automorphism," and sees how our
      minds, bodies and culture have been affected by
      decades of growing car dependence.
      The issue also includes all the usual lively, hard-hitting
      sections you've come to expect — Industry Watch, World
      News, Car Cult Review, Book Reviews and more - albeit
      with a much later release date than normal.
      To get a copy, see
      <http://www.carbusters.org/resources/magazine.php>, or
      to subscribe, see <http://www.carbusters.org/join_us>.
      The submissions deadline for issue 17 is February 31.


      IVAN ILLICH MEMORIAL MAGAZINE (NO. 17) - CALL
      FOR SUBMISSIONS

      Following on the December 2 death of radical
      philosopher Ivan Illich (author of "Energy and Equity"
      among many others), we at Car Busters have decided to
      devote part of issue 17 of our magazine to his life and his
      thoughts on transport(ation). Therefore we'd now like to
      send out a call for letter-to-the-editors-length personal
      accounts of how his ideas have influenced our readers.
      Please send them as soon as possible, and by February
      31 at the latest.


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      HIGH AND MIGHTY
      [submitted by Daniel Swartz]

      High and Mighty - SUVs: The World's Most Dangerous
      Vehicles and How They Got That Way; by Keith
      Bradsher; 468 pages; ISBN 1586481231

      Bradsher, a correspondent for the New Your Times,
      investigates the politics behind the rise of SUVs and
      provides a lot of well-researched data on how dangerous
      they are. You probably already know that SUVs (or 4x4s)
      are classified as light trucks so that they don't need to
      comply with the 1990 Clean Air Act's rather stringent
      standards, and that's why their mileage is so appalling.
      But did you know that Ford Explorer's pricier cousin, the
      Lincoln Navigator, is considered a truck for the purposes
      of calculating the 10 percent luxury tax the 1990
      Congress slapped on cars with price tags of $30,000 or
      more? That law, like many others, exempted "light
      trucks", in this case those with a gross weight over 6,000
      pounds. The Navigator grew to that size as Ford added
      luxury features but included in the price no luxury tax
      because it's not a car, stupid, it's a kind of luxury truck.


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      DISCLAIMER >>
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      Grrr, Bradsher has stolen from us a brilliant title of Car
      Busters' next publication! Unfortunately we hadn't
      trademarked it in advance so now we'll have think of
      another name for our thrilling bestseller-to-be about the
      excitements of our e-mail bulletin production. Oh, yes,
      the influx of your submissions gets us high and the
      selecting and editing process gives us a sense of might.
      We are all addicts and regularly have fierce fights over
      this task so you'd better keep filling us in or we'll all die of
      withdrawal. The next bulletin is coming soon 'cos we
      want to get back to the first-week-in-a-month scheme
      and we hope you won't let us down.
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