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      Edition no. 43 - February 2003 - English version
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      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
      excuse.
      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...

      Contents:

      World News
      - 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

      Announcements
      - PROTEST FOR CAR-FREE PEACE
      - SUMMER BIKE TOUR IN EASTERN EUROPE
      - EVERY EURO COUNTS FOR DUTCH RADICAL
      BOOKSHOP
      - 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

      Disclaimer


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      WORLD NEWS >>
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      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
      base.


      STUDY TOUR CHANGES LOS ANGELES
      TRANSPORT SYSTEM
      [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
      LIKELY
      [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
      utility cyclists.
      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
      coffers.


      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
      <http://www.schwarzenegger.com>.


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      ANNOUNCEMENTS >>
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      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:
      <http://www.risingtide.org.uk/pages/no_war_for_oil.htm>.


      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
      BOOKSHOP
      [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:
      <www.Shift2Bikes.org>.
      BikeSummer 2003 will be in July, in New York City.
      More info: <www.bikesummer.org>.


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      CAR BUSTERS ANNOUNCEMENTS >>
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      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
      level.
      Please send us your resume (CV) and a cover letter
      describing yourself and your relevant skills and
      experience.
      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
      coming months.


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      THINGS TO READ >>
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      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?"


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      DISCLAIMER >>
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      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.

      [end]




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