CAR BUSTERS MONTHLY E-BULLETIN #43
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Edition no. 43 - February 2003 - English version
Hello. This is the news. I always wanted to say that. My
name's Edward and I'm the new guy in the office. So if
anything goes wrong with this bulletin I have a cast-iron
I hope to be seeing some of you at the Towards Car-
Free Cities III Conference and in the rest of my space
here would to take the opportunity to say a big thanks to
the unpaid stars translating this into Czech, Esperanto,
French, and German.
Ready then? Let's roll...
- NUCLEAR POWER "SAFER" THAN DRIVING
- HIGHWAY TO THE ANTARCTIC
- STUDY TOUR CHANGES L.A. TRANSPORT POLICY
- WASTE OF CYCLING FUNDS LOOKS LIKELY
- SCHWARZENEGGER LIKES TO DRIVE A HUMMER
- PROTEST FOR CAR-FREE PEACE
- SUMMER BIKE TOUR IN EASTERN EUROPE
- EVERY EURO COUNTS FOR DUTCH RADICAL
- NEW BIKE FUN ORGANIZATION
Car Busters Announcements
- CAR BUSTERS STILL OFFERS HONEST LIVING
- TOWARDS CAR-FREE CITIES III UPDATE
Things to Read
- HOW TO ROCK AND ROLL
WORLD NEWS >>
NUCLEAR POWER "SAFER" THAN DRIVING
[lifted from The Prague Pill, a free bi-weekly newspaper]
Southern Bohemians are more likely to be killed driving
than by a nuclear winter. This brilliant statistic is part of
the propaganda push surrounding the unveiling of an
evacuation plan for the Czech rural county containing
Temelin, one of the continent's largest nuclear power
plants. The state report concludes that an accident at
Temelin presents less of a threat to people than Czech
road intersections and even winter sports stadiums -
which might emit ammonia in an explosion.
HIGHWAY TO THE ANTARCTIC
[compiled from New Scientist (Jan. 23) and The
Guardian (Jan. 28)]
American engineers in the Antarctic have begun work on
a highway from the giant US coastal base at McMurdo
Sound to the South Pole - a distance of 1,600 km. The
road is expected to reach the US Scott-Amundsen base
at the pole within two years, according to Bill Spindler, a
scientist at the base and editor of South Pole News.
Once completed the road is likely to become a
permanent fixture. The Scott-Amundsen base is only
currently accessible by air, which places limits on cargo
and relies on good weather. The road could be open to
heavy traffic for up to 100 days a year during the
austral summer. Scientists say the road will allow
overland transport of the increasingly heavy loads of
scientific equipment being taken to the pole.
"With the road will come tourism and pollution," says
the British Green Party's international spokesman, John
Norris. Currently around 20,000 tourists visit Anarctica
each year, but currently few make it as far as the South
Pole. Despite the lure of the gift shop at the research
STUDY TOUR CHANGES LOS ANGELES
[based on The Los Angeles Times]
Using high-tech sensors to cut the times of trips, Rapid
Buses are helping to break gridlock across Los Angeles.
Two routes were recently added by the Metropolitan
Transportation Authority, complementing the pair of
successful lines established in 2000. Two dozen more
routes are planned.
This is thanks to a study trip made by then-Mayor
Richard Riordan and county supervisors Yvonne
Brathwaite Burke and Zev Yaroslavsky to Curitiba, Brazil,
a city of 1.6 million people with a spoke-like network of
dedicated busways. As in Curitiba, the Rapid Buses
come equipped with sensors that keep lights green at
intersections and with low floors for fast boarding. They
make fewer stops and were driven by operators told to
travel their routes as fast as possible rather than to follow
a strict schedule.
WASTE OF LONDON CYCLING FUNDS LOOKS
[from the Greenwich Cyclists newsletter]
South East London boroughs have so far spent less than
10 percent of the money allocated to them by Transport
for London for developing the London Cycle Network
Plus (LCN+), a report to the Association of London
Government has revealed. LCN+ is a streamlined
version of the London Cycle Network.
The Mayor of London has this year allocated GBP 6
million to boroughs to build safe, high-quality and high-
capacity facilities that will make a real difference to the
numbers of people cycling. The 500-mile network is
expected to be most suitable for commuter and other
Greenwich, Bexley, Bromley, Lambeth, Lewisham and
Southwark are singled out as the worst performing group
of London boroughs, spending just GBP 49,000 together.
They have been warned that failure to spend the
money could mean it is returned to central government
SCHWARZENEGGER LIKES TO DRIVE A HUMMER
[submitted by A.Y.Clarke]
If you've been keeping up on your Arnie News, you'll
know that last month Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Mr.
Universe turned acclaimed dramatic performer, helped
New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and General
Motors debut the new Hummer H2 SUT (sport utility
truck) in the heart of New York City!
At the event, Hummer also announced its $13 million
sponsorship of the Inner-City Games Foundation (ICGF).
"The Inner-City Games and Hummer both share a
passion for excellence. The fact that ICG helps kids
strive for excellence and personal achievement is
something the Hummer team is proud to support," said
Hummer Marketing Director, Michael C. DiGiovanni. The
H2 SUT shares the same passion for excellence
[allegedly - ed.].
Arnold also recommends bench-pressing a Hummer
SUT twice a day!
More propaganda at
PROTEST FOR CAR-FREE PEACE
[stolen from Rising Tide]
On February 4 there will be protests at petrol stations
around the world making a clear connection between the
proposed Iraq war and our addiction to fossil fuels. There
are already 160 demonstrations planned for the US
alone and the number grows daily.
The coalition of groups supporting the protests in the
US includes most of the organisations campaigning at a
grassroots level against climate change and oil
companies. It also includes United for Peace and
Justice, a vast network with hundreds of independent
groups mobilising resistance to the war.
Target Oil - the website for the US February 4 actions:
<http://www.targetoil.com>. Rising Tide:
SUMMER BIKE TOUR IN EASTERN EUROPE
[pinched from the A SEED Roots newsletter, Jan./Feb.]
Biketour is an annual international project for everyone
interested in environmentalism and community life,
cycling and sustainability. This year it will take place in
Poland and the Ukraine, ending up at the Ecotopia
festival in the Transcarpathian region of the Ukraine.
Possibly after the cycle tour will continue through the
scenic mountains of Slovakia.
More info: <http://www.thebiketour.net>.
EVERY EURO COUNTS FOR DUTCH RADICAL
[submitted by het Fort van Sjakoo, <sjakoo@...>]
Het Fort van Sjakoo, a Dutch radical co-operative
bookshop (and Car Busters distributor), is still hanging
on, but needs your support! Their housing association
has agreed that the rent will not be increased by 900
percent immediately. However, on January 1 the rent
was raised by 100 percent in the first annual adjustment.
Het Fort has until mid-2003 to decide if they want to
buy the property for 60 percent of the market price. The
purchase will only be affordable if the good people at the
bookshop receive sufficient donations. They ask
everyone to break open their piggybanks!
There are also plans for issuing bonds and interest-
free loans. If you are interested in these options let them
know at <fortaankoop@...>, or look at
<http://www.xs4all.nl/~sjakoo/>. The campaign "Stort
voor het Fort" (Contribute to the Fort) will use for the time
being the giro account of "Het Fort van Sjakoo" in
Amsterdam, giro number 393 26 16. The deposit should
be labelled as "Purchase Gift."
Thank you for your interest and help!
NEW BIKE FUN ORGANIZATION
[submitted by Ayleen Crotty, in Portland]
BikeSummer 2002 was a thrilling time in Portland, USA
and when the month of activities was over, the
organisers and participants refused to let the fun end. So
they formed Shift, a communications network to
encourage people to host bike activities and to give them
the support they need to get the word out about the
event. From Breakfasts on the Bridges, a Christmas
lights ride, and carolling costumes at Critical Mass, Pub
Crawls by Bike, and more, Shift celebrates the fun to be
had on a bike in Portland. More info:
BikeSummer 2003 will be in July, in New York City.
More info: <www.bikesummer.org>.
CAR BUSTERS ANNOUNCEMENTS >>
CAR BUSTERS STILL OFFERS HONEST LIVING
We are looking for a "core" staff member to provide long-
term organisational stability by joining the collective for
two years or more.
If you have a good number (but not necessarily all) of
the following attributes, then you could be among the
finalists: strong English writing and editing skills, a sense
of humour, publication layout skills, web design ability, an
activist perspective, communications/media skills,
campaigning experience, attention to detail, extensive
knowledge of transport(ation) issues, fundraising
experience, self-motivation/initiative, and a desire to pull
these all together to stir things up at the international
Please send us your resume (CV) and a cover letter
describing yourself and your relevant skills and
The first test of your personal initiative will be to find
our address - please do not reply to the bulletin address.
TOWARDS CAR-FREE CITIES III UPDATE
It's not yet too late to register! The conference will be
March 17-22, 2003, at the Toulcuv Dvur Ecological
Centre in Prague, Czech Republic. The conference is
especially intended for those already working on
transport, whether it be organising car-free days or
building the car-free cities of the future. Highlights will
include walking and biking tours of Prague, international
videos and slideshows, and a benefit concert with local
bands capping off a great week o' fun.
The programme will balance presentations with round-
table discussions, strategy sessions and other
participatory activities. Our superstar presenters will
include: Joel Crawford (author of Carfree Cities, editor of
Carfree.com), John Whitelegg (editor of World Transport
Policy & Practice), and Lars Gemzoe (co-author of New
City Spaces and Public Spaces - Public Life).
See <http://www.carbusters.org/conference> for more
information. This site will be continually updated in the
THINGS TO READ >>
HOW TO ROCK AND ROLL
- A City Riders Repair Manual by Sam Tracy
Black Kettle Graphics, paperback, ISBN 0967602602
I think I'm probably not the only one finding it hard to
motivate myself to use my bicycle in these cold winter
months - at this point those of you lucky enough to be
living in warmer climes can sit back and smile smugly.
So reading Sam Tracy's guerilla cycle repair book was
a good way to remind myself about the trusty two-
wheeled machine locked away in the garage. You can
learn more than you ever need to know about bikes -
well, sewn-in tyres were new to me at least - but most
importantly you can get swept away by this man's
passionate and enthusiastic promotion of the bicycle as a
way of life.
"This visionary prole hurls invective and epithets,
lampoons pretensions and sparks our imaginations,"
says Critical Mass pioneer Chris Carlsson. "Fix your
bike? Sure! Fix the world, too? Why not?"
Just because Arnie has twelve Hummers it does NOT
mean that you need one too. Cars are not soft.
And if you read about the February 4 petrol blockade too
late, don't fret, just abstain from oil another day.
Kratka 26, 100 00 Praha 10, Czech Republic
tel: +(420) 274-810-849 - fax: +(420) 274-816-727
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Towards Car-Free Cities III Conference
Hosted by Car Busters, March 17-22, 2003, Prague