[carfree_cities] carfree_cities on eGroups, Vigo and international collaboration over the Net
- Dear Friends,
This is a brand new list and already some interesting things are happening
here. In particular that interesting information de Rodrigo on Vigo brings a
point to mind concerning which I would like to ask for your counsel. First
though a quick word of background.
Since 1992 or so we have been using the Net to exchange information and
develop new ideas and consensuses in support of sustainable transport. To
see the latest cut of this, I invite you to go to The Commons at
http://www.ecoplan.org, and from there to check out the various programs
there that deal with transportation, access, and sustainable development.
The consistent challenge behind our work is this: How are we able to use
these technology resources in order to build up useful information and
views, which then one can later access and use in a flexible way. What I
can tell you is that it is not easy. There are a lot of realities and
constraints out there that get in the way.
Let's take Rodrigo's message and site as a good example of the sort of thing
we face in this struggle for efficiency. I learn about it here, and then I
immediately forward it to the forum of our @ccess on the Web site at
http://www.ecoplan.org/access , because I know that it will be of a lot of
interest there. Makes me think to that I should send it to the alt-trans
list, but since I don't know if Rodrigo has done this, I hesitate to do so
since we don't want to create unnecessary noise in the system. But then
too, we don't want to get this lost in some corner of our virtual universe.
It's far too good and useful for such a fate.
So, one small thing that we do in such cases, is to pop it into a library
that we have set up some time back with links to good sites that are
involved in pedestrian and traffic calming causes. You can find it if you
go to @ccess on the Web site at http://www.ecoplan.org/access, then click
Links/Media on the menu, and then click "Do Caminar en Vigo".
Then there is one other wrinkle that might interest you. If you look a bit
further down on the @ccess menu, you will see a Search button. If you pop
in "Vigo" there, it will take you right to Rodrigo's message and from their
to their site..
Now... we think this is useful. But we're also aware that it is still
pretty crude and requires a certain amount of energy and familiarity with
the Net to make good use of. But if you have comments or suggestions for us
on this, they would be most welcome.
In closing, let me take this opportunity to wish Joel Crawford the best of
luck with this new corner of CarFree Cities and, of course, on his new book.
Joel, may the world beat a path to your publisher's door. You sure deserve
With all good wishes,
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