Early this morning World Streets welcomed our 3000th registered reader

ws-newsstandEarly this morning World Streets welcomed our 3000th registered reader. After almost to the day four years of faithful service to the cause of sustainable transport, sustainable cities and sustainable lives, since the beginning of the year we have started to receive a substantial increase in these contacts.  For example, even as I write this note, the number is up to 2015 (which you can confirm for yourself in the top right column). We feel proud and hope that you as one of our readers feel proud too. After all , the only reason we are here is to learn from each other and do what we can to make our cities and our planet fairer and better places for all, today and tomorrow.

Why has this bump of interest come about?

It is certainly not because we are publishing more.  And while the quality standard remains high as ever,  but as editor I cannot really spot any major difference.

I have to guess it is because of the fact that we have started to give much more coverage and put more work into the Equity Initiative, including a total Spring cleaning and redrafting of the blog so that our readers can conveniently navigate of the considerable body of work and references being shared here under this heading.

And this is our lesson. To put the concept of equity at the very top of our list for the remainder of this year. To continue coverage in these pages, to engage cities and other partners wishing to test the water for this “new” and as yet not very clearly defined concept. To continue our efforts to publish a short book on the subject by mid year (book already in progress as you can see in the equity section of this site).  And to encourage others to do the same or, one might reasonably hope, more and better.

Who reads World Streets in Spring 2013?

The following map summarizes the locations of the last 80 visitors to check into the site. The overall pattern is pretty much what we see from day to day, though we usually have regular traffic from Japan, Korea and Taiwan. On the other hand China is well hidden behind the wall.  And it is always heartwarming when we hear from readers in the Middle East and Africa.

(The US pattern that we are seeing today is also quite typical, and the fact that for the most part we are accessed by people in states that voted for President Obama is also perhaps worth a thought.)

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Our readers today come from more than one hundred fifty countries on al continents. Just below you will find a listing which presents them in order of frequency of access, with the US, the UK, Canada Australia and India at the top – not surprising since we publish in English.

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Canada
  4. Australia
  5. India
  6. France
  7. Germany
  8. Brazil
  9. Italy
  10. Spain
  11. Netherlands
  12. Sweden
  13. South Africa
  14. New Zealand
  15. Portugal
  16. Philippines
  17. Russian Federation
  18. Chile
  19. Taiwan
  20. Belgium
  21. Finland
  22. Estonia
  23. Thailand
  24. Norway
  25. Singapore
  26. Korea
  27. Denmark
  28. Poland
  29. Mexico
  30. Turkey
  31. Indonesia
  32. Japan
  33. Malaysia
  34. Austria
  35. Switzerland
  36. Pakistan
  37. Greece
  38. Hong Kong
  39. Colombia
  40. Ireland
  41. Israel
  42. Serbia
  43. Czech Republic
  44. Hungary
  45. Argentina
  46. Romania
  47. Ukraine
  48. Iceland
  49. United Arab Emirates
  50. Latvia
  51. Lithuania
  52. Bangladesh
  53. Kenya
  54. Viet  Nam
  55. Slovenia
  56. Nigeria
  57. Saudi Arabia
  58. Croatia
  59. Slovakia
  60. Egypt
  61. Albania
  62. Bulgaria
  63. Peru
  64. Moldova
  65. Nepal
  66. Sri Lanka
  67. Uganda
  68. Qatar
  69. Cambodia
  70. Dominican Republic
  71. Ghana
  72. Lebanon
  73. Venezuela
  74. Jordan
  75. Mauritius
  76. Ecuador
  77. Iraq
  78. Kuwait
  79. Trinidad and Tobago
  80. Mozambique
  81. Bosnia and  Herzegovina
  82. Puerto Rico
  83. Georgia
  84. Bahrain
  85. Macao
  86. Tanzania
  87. Ethiopia
  88. Cyprus
  89. Brunei
  90. Darussalam
  91. Oman
  92. Syrian Arab Republic
  93. Macedonia
  94. Malta
  95. Jamaica
  96. Morocco
  97. Azerbaijan
  98. Senegal
  99. Mongolia
  100. Algeria
  101. Costa Rica
  102. Armenia
  103. Palestine
  104. Guyana
  105. Djibouti
  106. Côte d’Ivoire
  107. Fiji
  108. Maldives
  109. Libya
  110. Luxembourg
  111. Belarus
  112. Honduras
  113. Tunisia
  114. Botswana
  115. Guadeloupe
  116. Yemen
  117. Rwanda
  118. Virgin Islands, British
  119. Guatemala
  120. Afghanistan
  121. Gambia
  122. Zimbabwe
  123. China
  124. Faroe Islands
  125. Panama
  126. Guernsey
  127. Kazakhstan
  128. Uruguay
  129. El Salvador
  130. Andorra
  131. Paraguay
  132. Burkina Faso
  133. Lesotho
  134. Namibia
  135. Swaziland
  136. Isle of Man
  137. Benin
  138. Saint Lucia
  139. Bolivia
  140. Bhutan
  141. Laos
  142. Liechtenstein
  143. Myanmar
  144. Barbados
  145. Uzbekistan
  146. Bahamas
  147. Gabon
  148. Sudan
  149. Tajikistan
  150. Togo
  151. Suriname
  152. Martinique
  153. Réunion
  154. Guam
  155. Bermuda
  156. Aruba

Conclusion

It looks to your editor like we are doing a job that some people at least think needs to be done. So let’s keep at it at least  in the year ahead.

The downside for us is that as founding editor  I still have not figured out how to pay for it.  I decided at the beginning that the journal would be free to all, and that we would not accept advertising.  And I must confess that I would rather let the whole thing sink into the ocean before giving up on either of these ethical points.  (If anyone has any ideas of how we can find the support necessary to continue to do the job, that would be a great and timely relief.)

In the meantime we are going to push hard to make a major contribution with the Equity Initiative in the year ahead, and hope that you will stay on board for the voyage, and possibly even get directly involved. We are betting on equity. Because without it I don’t see a lot of any real promise on the horizon.

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