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  • Christopher Miller
    A p.s. to my previous email today: a search for Masdar on YouTube brings up a plethora of glitzy and breathless publicity videos that nonetheless reveal a
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      A p.s. to my previous email today: a search for "Masdar" on YouTube
      brings up a plethora of glitzy and breathless publicity videos that
      nonetheless reveal a wealth of interesting information about what's in
      the plans. Obviously a very top-down solution and one of a very few
      one-offs that are at all likely to appear, but it is very interesting
      to see how much of the basics of the carfree infrastructure design
      reflect the proposals in _Carfree Cities_.

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      As a counterpoint to the high-tech top-down approach of Masdar, there
      seems to be quite some interest in the bottom-up initiative taken by
      the town of Fazilka in the southwestern corner of Punjab state in
      India to remove automobiles from the centre of the city during most
      daytime hours. Some links from the web:

      A slideshow here:
      http://www.downtoearth.org.in/dte_slideshow/20090115_fazilka/fazilka.htm#slidenumber

      Wikipedia article with a short mention of the Dial-a-Rickshaw Eco-Cab
      programme:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fazilka

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      Two online articles:

      http://www.andhranews.net/India/2008/December/1-Fazilka-first-76685.asp

      Fazilka, first to have a Car-free city concept in India
      Fazilka, a small township near the India-Pakistan border, in Punjab
      has become the first ever place in the country to implement a unique
      concept of creating a Car Free City in the region.

      Chandigarh, Dec.1 : Fazilka, a small township near the India-Pakistan
      border, in Punjab has become the first ever place in the country to
      implement a unique concept of creating a "Car Free City" in the region.

      As part of the Car Free City concept, the City centre --market area
      nearby clock tower-- has been declared a "Car Free Zone".

      Motorised four-wheeled vehicles and heavy vehicles have been
      prohibited to move in this zone for 12 hours during the day time.

      Traffic calming devices and permanent barriers at few locations have
      been installed to make this zone pedestrian and cycle-friendly.

      The 'Car Free City' concept, in Fazilka may act as an inspiration for
      rest of the country. The credit for this special concept goes to newly
      elected President of the Municipal Council of Fazilka, Anil Sethi.

      Fazilka residents are already undertaking many activities to promote
      non-motorised transport within the city.

      "The 21st century is governed with the agenda to pacify the affect of
      Global Warming and I am sure Fazilka town is going to be the flag
      bearer for the cause of suppressing effect of Global Warming through
      energy conservation and transportation.

      77-80 per cent of the air pollution is contributed by transportation
      sector alone," said Sethi.

      Last year, during week-long "Fazilka Heritage Festival" this
      experiment, as a part of case study was demonstrated by Graduates
      Welfare Association Fazilka (GWAF) by keeping the city's central zone
      a car free zone.

      The study revealed that, the experiment had not just improved the
      quality of social life but also improved the law and order and
      environment through less air pollution emitted, economy and road
      safety of the residents. As a part of study and analysis random
      sampling was done under randomized controlled conditions.

      Communities that are Non-motorised vehicle-friendly are seen as places
      with a high quality of life in the society.

      Non-motorised vehicle-friendly communities are places where people
      feel safe and comfortable riding their cycles and walking for fun,
      fitness, and transportation.

      Encouraging NMV is a simple way towards improving public health. With
      more people joining NMV, communities experience reduced traffic
      demands, improved air quality and greater physical fitness.

      In addition, NMV-friendly towns are often seen as most safe place to
      live.

      "The aim to create car-free zone and also to promote NMV mode of
      transport within city to build bridges between the prosperous sections
      of society in the city and the less well-off," said Sethi.

      He is already taking strong action against a decision to build roads
      over bridges within city limits. No European and American city has
      built a flyover within their city for last 15-20 years.

      Eco-cab (Dial-a Rickshaw) is another successfully implemented concept,
      in which cycle rickshaw have been introduced using the latest
      intelligent transport tools.

      From next year, the Graduates Welfare Association of Fazilka (GWAF)
      is all set to send the nomination of Fazilka Mayor for the award of
      "Worlds Best Mayor," as the people of Fazilka have already done what
      famous mayors like Enrique Pe�alosa, mayor of Bogotá, Colombia,
      Elmar Ledergerber, Zurich, Switzerland and much appreciated Lee Myung-
      bak, (now President) who initiated the project to remove elevated
      highway/flyovers and restore the Cheonggyecheon water stream under an
      urban renewal and beautification scheme. http://www.andhranews.net/India/2008/December/1-Fazilka-first-76685.asp


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      http://www.andhranews.net/India/2008/December/1-Fazilka-first-76685.asp

      Sunday, November 30, 2008
      Fazilka implements 'Car-free city' concept Fazilka, a small township
      near India Pakistan border made history yest
      Note: Fazilka is a city and a municipal council in Firozpur district
      in the state of Punjab, India.

      Fazilka, a small township near India Pakistan border has made history.
      Fazilka become the first to implement another unique concept of "Car
      free city" in the region. Yesterday, city centre i.e. market area
      nearby clock tower has been declared "Car Free Zone". No motorised
      four vehicles and heavy vehicles will be allowed to move in this zone
      for 12 hours during day time. Special emphasis through traffic calming
      devices and permanent barriers at few locations has been installed to
      make this zone as pedestrian and cycle friendly.

      Credit for the successful implementation of this concept goes to Mr.
      Anil Sethi, newly elected President of Municipal Council Fazilka.
      Fazilka city and its residents are already doing many activities to
      promote Non-motorised vehicle (NMV) for transport within the city.
      21st century is governed with the agenda to pacify the affect of
      Global Warming and I am sure Fazilka town is going to be the flag
      bearer for the cause of suppressing effect of Global Warming through
      energy conservation and transportation. 77-80% of the air pollution is
      contributed by transportation sector alone.

      Last year, through one week long "Fazilka Heritage Festival" this
      experiment as a part of case study was conducted by Graduates Welfare
      Association Fazilka (GWAF) by keeping same city central zone as car
      free zone. Study revealed that, this experiment had not just improved
      the quality of social life but also improved the law and order,
      environment through less air pollution emitted, economy and road
      safety of the residents. As a part of study and analysis random
      sampling was done under randomized controlled conditions.

      Communities that are NMV-friendly are seen as places with a high
      quality of life in the society. NMV-friendly communities are places
      where people feel safe and comfortable riding their cycles and walking
      for fun, fitness, and transportation. Encouraging NMV is a simple way
      towards improving public health. With more people joining NMV,
      communities experience reduced traffic demands, improved air quality
      and greater physical fitness. In addition, NMV-friendly towns are
      often seen as most safe place to live. "The aim to create car free
      zone and also to promote NMV mode of transport within city to build
      bridges between the prosperous sections of society in the city and the
      less well-off", said Anil Sethi. He is already taking strong action
      against the decision of building Road over bridge within city limits.
      No European and American city has built flyover within their city from
      last 15-20 years.

      Eco-cab (Dial-a Rickshaw) is another successfully implemented concept,
      in which cycle Rickshaw has been introduced as Public Transport System
      using latest Intelligent Transport tools. For the next year, GWAF is
      all set to send the nomination of Fazilka Mayor for the award of
      "Worlds Best Mayor", as people of Fazilka have already done that what
      famous mayors like Enrique Peñalosa, mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, Elmar
      Ledergerber, Zurich, Switzerland and much appreciated Lee Myung-bak,
      Seoul mayor, current President who initiated the project to remove the
      elevated highway/flyovers and restore the Cheonggyecheon water stream
      under urban renewal and beautification have done.

      November 29,2008
      NewsBlaze




      Christopher Miller
      Montreal QC Canada
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