World Carfree News #89 - October 2011
World Carfree News #89 - October 2011 - English Version
QUOTATION OF THE MONTH
"'Rush Hour' is six hours of not rushing anywhere."
This is an acknowledgement of the authors of the new Annual Urban Mobility Report, released at Texas A&M University. More information found under Reports.
WORLD CARFREE NETWORK ANNOUNCEMENTS
TOWARDS CARFREE CITIES 2011 IN MEXICO
The tenth Towards Carfree Cities Conference was held in Guadalajara, Mexico, from 5 to 9
September 2011. Reports are that it was a wonderful and inspiring conference, with many great discussions. Further reports and downloadable presentations will be available soon.
CARFREE ART ON CARBUSTERS
See the collection of carfree art in an exhibition titled Velocypedia, held in Prague, Czech Republic, and now available for view on the Carbusters website. Exhibition curated by former WCN employee Lenka Kukurova as well as Milan Mikulastik.
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FOR OUR HABITAT!
On October 21-23 an international campaign, organized by the new international ecological movement "Habitat" and other ecological and social movements, will take place. We appeal to other movements from different countries to join us. We ask everyone to join the campaign "For our habitat!" and organize pickets, meetings, spread flyers, organize other protest actions in Your countries on these days! If you would like to join, please contact: zaprirodu.ru@....
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U.S. EPA ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITIES
Smart Growth Implementation Assistance and Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities - these are two calls for letters of interest that have been issued by the Environnmental Protection Agency for communities in the USA that want to foster economic growth, protect the environment and develop plans for development. Deadline is October 28
move:me – mobility film festival for Munich. Green City is organising a film festival for mobility related themes. The date will be the 19th to the 21th of October and the main topic is a view to the mobility of tomorrow. Included is a festival with live music. Venue: Gabriel Filmtheater, Dachauer Straße 16, München, Germany 5,- € per show. Friday free entry.
SAFECYCLE TO START UP
SAFECYCLE is a new project, with EU funding, set to address cycling accidents and offer e-safety and ICT applications. For more information, contact Ronald Jorna.
BASIC BIKE PARTS
One Street has launched One Street Components in response to the rapid extinction of basic bicycle parts. This became necessary to their Social Bike Business program, that provides durable transportation bikes to impoverished people in communities around the world. Currently both bike parts donations (such as derailleurs or chains) or financial contributions are welcome.
CONFERENCE ON PEAK OIL
ASPO-USA conference for 2011 will take place on November 2-5 in Washington DC. This is the annual conference for the Study of Peak Oil, and participants from many fields, including both environmentalists as well as petroleum engineers.
A new website has been launched in the UK - called Transport works - which is intended to provide the general public as well as the press and specialists with arguments and information dedicated to supporting and investing in public transport.
STOP THE AMAZON HIGHWAY!
Call on Bolivian president Evo Morales to cancel all plans for the construction of the Amazon highway through indiginous territory in Bolivia, which hurts the people of TIPNIS and also will endanger the ways of life of the forest and its people.
Due to heavy protest at the plans, Morales has suspended construction of the highway, although it is feared that plans are still on the table and will resume again once protests subside.
There has been a fair level of brutality by police forces. In response, the defense minister resigned, and Morales has called for an investigation into the incident.
You may sign an online Avaaz petition, found here.
For more background information you may read this in English.
You may read more about TIPNIS in Spanish as well as this letter to Evo Morales in Spanish.
IN THE NEWS
Chen Guangbiao is one of the richest Chinese businessmen. In Nanking, he staged a media event where he had one of his luxary cars smashed to pieces, as a symbolic gesture of taking action against the pollution of Chinese cities by cars. One of his suggestions is to raise the price of fuel by 50%. He has also called on people to use their cars as little as possible.
Cebu City in Philippines implemented carfree day in the downtown. Proposals sent to city hall consist of ideas to transform road use for pedestrian, cycling and non-pollutting forms of transport. There is also a proposal being considered to have pedestrian-only streets every Sunday.
Milan, Italy implemented a carfree Sunday as an answer to high levels of pollution. This measure kicks in every time 50 micrograms of particulates per cubic metre of air is measured over 12 days.
New York city received a new park - up above the street level, along an unused train corridor. The newest addition - called High Line - to public space in NYC, immediately became very popular. The planners of the elevated aerial park worked ten years to get it ready.
New public bike sharing systems are continuing to gain in popularity around the world. A system in Melbourne, Victoria is up and running with 600 bikes, and Chicago, Illinois recently announced plans to make 3,000 bicycles available for public rent by next summer. New York City is currently taking suggestions from the public via its Web site about placement of rental stations for its upcoming bike-share system.
Read more: Melbourne, Chicago, NYC
According to a recent ranking of 17 European cities on air quality, Berlin came out on top. Milan and Rome rank at the bottom of the list. The survey was conducted by "Sootfree for the Climate".
2011 URBAN MOBILITY REPORT
The Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University has released its annual mobility report, which looks at traffic and congestion throughout the USA. It has found, for instance, that the cost of congestion is $100 billion in total. Traffic problems are also tied to the economy, and are set to get worse in the future.
The full report may be downloaded here. See also their website and press release.
MEDIA & NETWORKING
easitNETWORK FOR GREEN TRAVEL
Based in the southern UK, easitNETWORK is designed to support and encourage businesses in their local area to adopt alternative transport behaviours to reduce pollution, ease congestion and increase satisfaction within its staff base. The group now represents over 50 businesses employing over 180,000 staff across 3 counties. It has just won the Queen's Enterprise Award for Sustainable Development.
You may write to easitNETWORK at info@... or call on 01306 886677.