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  • Jason Meggs
    Zagreb, Croatia: In protest of a proposed underground garage with a ramp on the main pedestrian mall, and claims of corruption, large groups of people have
    Message 1 of 1 , May 20, 2010
      Zagreb, Croatia: In protest of a proposed underground garage with a ramp on
      the main pedestrian mall, and claims of corruption, large groups of people
      have occupied the area and torn down fences. This news thanks to a
      bicyclist friend from Croatia who walked the street as a child.

      Some of the many news items:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lTvORBc8W0&translated=1

      http://www.jutarnji.hr/varsavska---tisuce-gradana-u-policijskom-obrucu/777389/?secId=79&foto=1

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      As long as I'm writing:

      In local news here in the San Francisco Bay Area, a new phenomenon known as
      "Bike Party" has begun, as an alternative to Critical Mass. Claiming to be
      *not* a Critical Mass; stopping at stop lights and regrouping periodically
      in parking lots; the ride on the Peninsula is very successful with thousands
      of people every month. The first copycat Bike Party begins this Friday in
      Oakland (concurrent with a Bike-In Movie in Berkeley). Critical Mass
      continues as well. For official CiclovĂ­a style happenings: San Francisco now
      has "Sunday Streets" and Oakland is organizing its first "Oaklavia" for June
      27 (also a good time to be at the Carfree Cities Conference in York). The
      Bike Party phenomenon is valuable in bringing a taste of a better world
      without being at all expressly political. It is interesting in the highly
      racially segregated United States that there is a large Latino contingent;
      bicycle activists have long grappled with how to bridge the racial divides
      here.

      http://www.sjbikeparty.org/
      http://eastbaybikeparty.wordpress.com/

      There's lots more news to be shared. If you aren't yet aware, a great source
      for alternative transportation news in the USA is the (also fairly new)
      StreetsBlog:

      http://sf.streetsblog.org/

      (That's San Francisco, click for other cities such as New York.)

      Petroleum provocation: what if there were a network of trucks powered by
      electricity (via overhead wires) rather than diesel trucks? Cheaper, quicker
      and more versatile than rail; able to serve decentralized land use found
      today; taking advantage of existing road/bridge/distribution center
      infrastructure, as well as existing electricity infrasstructure; and able to
      re-use existing truck fleets. Powered by electricity, which can come from
      renewable sources, there is no other mass transport solution with a better
      sustainability profile. Cost effective, energy efficient, and a huge
      improvement for public health (reducing noise and air pollution). Why is
      this not more discussed more and actively pursued?

      ~Jason
      Berkeley
      +1 510-725-9991
      skype jasonmeggs


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