World Car/Free Days invitation
- Dear CarFree Cities,
This is to draw your attention to the information, discussions and links
that you will find in the World Car/Free Days site at
http://WorldCarFreeDay.com <http://worldcarfreeday.com/> .
To put this in context, I attach the latest update on the New Mobility
Agenda program at http://newmobility.org of which World Car/Free Days is
If you have any question or suggestions for us in any of the areas in
which they work, please take this an open invitation to get in touch.
And yes! we do answer our mail.
With all good wishes,
The New Mobility Agenda at http://newmobility.org
The New Mobility Forum at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WorldTransport/
The Commons: Open Society Sustainability Initiative
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Friday, August 27, 2004, Paris, France, Europe
Subject: New Mobility Agenda /Invitation to international collaboration
This is an open invitation to collaboration and exchange in the area of
sustainable mobility. As a first step permit me to introduce briefly
the work and programs of the <http://newmobility.org/> New Mobility
Agenda of <http://ecoplan.org/> The Commons, for which you will find
as extensive web site at <http://newmobility.org/>
http://newmobility.org While a complete description will be found on
the opening page of the site, permit me to bring several components to
your attention, opening first with a short section here on . . .
A 20/20 New Mobility Target Initiative for your city:
1. To move from patently unsustainable to sustainable mobility
requires an aggressive, coordinated, locally-driven, now-oriented
pattern-break commitment on the part of all concerned with the transport
sector and beyond. 20/20?
2. If your sustainable transportation project or your integrated
package of measures (which is what you need) does not aim to achieve
very aggressive (say, 20%) cuts in traffic, pollution and accident
levels and that within the next 20 months -- then it is not a
sustainability project. Its just one more speculative peek into a
distant future that is less than responsible given the pressures on the
city and its citizens today.
3. To achieve these ambitious but critical objectives, those
responsible must be to commit at least 20% of the gross transport
investment budget into the 20/20 program. Starting immediately. (This
mainly will be achieved through a reshuffling and better coordination of
more strategic mobility improvements, and does not require reams of new
4. The planning period to develop a 20/20 program: 3 to 6 months,
but with major backing by and commitment of local government.
5. Curious to see how this could work in your city: Tune in to the
forthcoming Toronto 2004 New Mobility week which will be given over to a
wide open public consultation on how this approach can be adapted and
enhanced for their city. (Details at http://newmobility.org
<http://newmobility.org/> , click Toronto New Mobility Week.)
This is not to say that there is no place for long term thinking and
action in the New Mobility Agenda, but rather the level of urgency of
the problems in most places requires immediate remedial action. Thus,
all longer term programs and thrust must be supported by aggressive and
broadly supported near term actions, for which the scope is in fact very
large. (Which by the way should not do you a great deal of harm if you
happen to be mayor or councilman with an election in the wings).
1. <http://newmobility.org/> The New Mobility Agenda
Unconstrained by bureaucracy, economic interests or schedules, New
Mobility was launched in 1988 as an open international platform for
critical discussion, exchanges of materials and views, and diverse forms
of cross-border collaboration on the challenging, necessarily conflicted
topic of "sustainable transportation and social justice".
2. <http://worldcarshare.com/> World CarShare Consortium
The worlds first-stop shop for information and perspective on
carsharing. Why are we supporting a concept that may to some appear to
be so off-beat and marginal as carsharing? Simple! We think it's a
great, sustainable, practical mobility concept whose time has come.
Carsharing: the missing link in the world's new sustainable transport
3. <http://worldcarfreeday.com/> World Car Free Days Network
Cities around the world are beginning to work with this ice-breaking
sustainability approach. It's not research or theory; it is policy and
practice. This forum offering information, discussion space and ideas
for people who care about sustainable transport and aren't afraid to
work at it.
4 <http://www.ecoplan.org/com_index.htm> Land Value Capture
Initiative - http://www.ecoplan.org/com_index.htm
When our public servants invest our hard earned taxpayer dollars in
investments that improve our communities and increase the value of real
estate in the impacted areas, some or all of this increment should be
recouped in order to fund much needed public services. This is easy to
say but hard to do. So tune in here and lend a hand in this important
4. <http://www.ecoplan.org/children/> Children on the Move
A place to share and develop ideas, materials and collaboration on
matters involving the ways our children can and could move around in
their daily lives. And how we can perhaps help them better understand
and link their personal mobility choices to the broader challenges of
sustainability and full lives. (To be jointly reactivated in 2004.)
5. <http://uncfd.org/> United Nations Car Free Days Programme
The Commons was approached by the UN in 2001 to lead this cooperative
program in preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
This program has made some useful first steps but now needs to be
re-examined, overhauled and redirected in order to achieve its ambitious
objectives. Negotiations & hard thinking in process.
6. <http://wtransport.org/> The Journal of World Transport Policy
& Practice http://wTransport.org
The first practically-oriented journal dealing consistently and with
full independence with the major issues of sustainable mobility. Click
here to visit the electronic version of the Journal through 2002. (And
<http://www.eco-logica.co.uk/WTPPhome.html> here to get the latest copy
of the Journal direct from John Whitelegg at the new site for Eco-logica
There are also a number of supporting, interactive tools that you may
find useful in each case . . .
1. <http://www.ecoplan.org/wtpp/general/newmob-news.htm> New
Mobility News Alerts -
The internet gives unprecedented opportunities to stay abreast of latest
sustainable mobility developments world wide. This new tool set provides
one click overviews of latest developments in five languages (and
counting). Read it with your morning coffee. You may be surprised at how
much is going on in this patently unsustainable world.
2. World Inventory of Sustainability
<http://ecoplan.org/general/resources.htm> Resources -
One-click access to our continuously updated selection of hundreds of
outstanding sustainability research and action programs and websites in
some forty countries world wide. Indexed and fully searchable.
* Are you there? Did we miss one of your best references? Let us
know so it will be there for all to use.
Collective Actions/Peer Support -
We have three main assets that allow us to get together to support
outstanding project initiatives: (a) a group of highly knowledgeable
committed people with diverse backgrounds and points of view, (b) a
strongly shared interest not only in improving physical movements but
also in the sustainability and social justice agendas, and (c) an
effective networking and communications medium. Read on to see how we
are putting this to work in 2004.
4. <http://www.ecoplan.org/general/e-environment.htm> The
Electronic Environment -
There is plenty of low cost technology available to support
international collaboration & advance the sustainability agenda world
wide. And though technology is not going to solve all our problems and
dilemmas of sustainable development, its role in the move to a more
sustainable world is going to be critical.. (In process: stay tuned.)
5. <http://www.ecoplan.org/wtpp/general/worldforum.htm> Discussion
Fora/Lists - http://www.ecoplan.org/wtpp/general/worldforum.htm
The workings of each of the specialized sites/programs are clearly
spelled out on their respective home pages, and each of which are
supported by their own Discussion Groups. All of our fora are monitored
low volume messaging lists, with never more than one message max/day
(other than the several cafés which are intended to facilitate freer,
at times higher volume exchanges and information and idea swapping).
Moreover our moderator tries hard to make sure that the messages that do
come out are germane to the interest of our very busy members.
6. <http://www.ecoplan.org/> The Commons Open Society
Sustainability Initiative - http://www.ecoplan.org/
This is the broader context of and gateway to all our programs,
including the New Mobility Agenda. The Commons has been developed over
the last decades as a wide open, independent first-stop shop on the web
for concerned citizens, researchers, students, policy makers,
entrepreneurs, investors or social activists interested in quickly
getting a feel for world sustainability issues, views and developments
from an unbiased critical perspective. We may not know all the answers,
but we know some pretty good questions. The Commons is an Open Society
program that invites diversity, complex thinking and initiative.
Thats it from Paris for today. Now you know a bit about us, but
perhaps we can somehow be of help to you in areas of our common interest
and competence. All of the programs under The Commons are based on
international sharing and cooperation, which of course is why we are
contacting you today. If you have any questions or wish further
information or background this is the place to turn.
With all good wishes,
The Commons New Mobility Agenda at http://newmobility.org
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