Re: [carfree_cities] Re: Articles needed
- Hi & thanks, I was actually asking if anyone wanted to write
such things. I've had a good response, and we have a couple
of good issues ahead.
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>I'd like to see an article on local movements or efforts to create
>auto-free zones, of whatever size, within cities. I'm involved in
>such an effort here in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where we are attempting
>to ban cars from our famous Plaza, downtown. Arcata California is
>attempting this in their plaza, as well (You may speak to Jan
>Lundberg at info@... regarding their local effort).
>If we use all available resources to inquire into such local
>efforts, I think we will discover quite a lot!
>How about spotlighting the work of people in Copenhagen! These
>people have accomplished something wonderful and delighful! The
>whole city may not be car-free, but much of it is, to their credit.
>They've also got an interesting bicycle program going there. And
>nearly half of the citizens of this city use bikes to get to work!
> James - greenshift@...
>--- In carfree_cities@y..., "J.H. Crawford" <mailbox@c...> wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I'd like some quick proposals for the next Carfree Times.
>> I need a book review, and I'd like very much to run as
>> a Feature Article a summary of the events in Johannesburg.
>> Anyone interested?
>> J.H. Crawford Carfree
>> mailbox@c... Carfree.com
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- --- In carfree_cities@y..., "J.H. Crawford" <mailbox@c...> wrote:
>There is an excellent video out on the carfree State Street Mall in
> Hi & thanks, I was actually asking if anyone wanted to write
> such things. I've had a good response, and we have a couple
> of good issues ahead.
Madison, Wisconsin. State Street runs from Bascom Hill on the Univ.
of Wisconsin campus and ends about 1.5 miles at the State Capital
building. No cars other than service vehicles are allowed on the
street. (There are also sidewalks.) Bicycling is allowed on the
street, but so (unfortunately) are buses.
The city almost has to allow the buses to use the street in order to
get people to get shoppers to State Street, students to the campus,
and state office workers to their jobs downtown. Madison's downtown is
located on an isthmus, making use of other streets by the buses
difficult. The prohibition agaist car travel on State Street has been
going on for about 20 years now, and people (other than some of the
merchants) like it that way.
If someone decides to write an article on State Street, I would
attempt to get the video for them.
(608) 266-5428 or email mtneuman@...
Eugene, Oregon, the home of the University of Oregon has had a
mall in the city center for about 25 years.
Recently (within the last year or so), there has been an active
merchants and construction companies to open the downtown to vehicular
traffic, culminating in a referendum about 5 months ago, in which the
proponents of vehicular traffic won by a margin of something like 51
(i.e. illusion of special interests: the people have spoken, the
Construction has started to open the pedestrian mall to vehicular
Seems to me that Eugene is moving 100% in the wrong direction. But why
should the college town be an isolated beacon of enlightenment ?
- Mike wrote:
> ....There is an excellent video out on the carfree State StreetMall in
> Madison, Wisconsin. ............ Bicycling is allowed on the-- Why is it unfortunate that buses are allowed? Aren't we supposed
> street, but so (unfortunately) are buses.
to be in favour of public transport?
I think I understand why Mike said it's unfortunate to have buses (or
any other vehicles for that matter) alongside bicycle lanes or paths
The problem is safety, pollution, and regular or irrigular bus stops.
In Montreal, if I'm correct, in some streets there are concrete
barriers about few inches high between the street and the bicycle
paths. The other problem is that the planning is not up to par when
it comes to urban planning. There are other factors as well...
Why is it unfortunate that buses are allowed? Aren't we supposed
to be in favour of public transport?