Why transportation?

Why in all the welter and chaos of those many issues and trends that threaten our planet have we decided to focus on the much-needed, long-overdue, massive overhaul of the transport sector as our goal?  To understand this choice made some years ago have a look at this table which appears in an article by the noted […]

More on carsharing in Japan: 2014 update

In the spirit of World Streets long term watching brief on carsharing developments  around the world, here is some current background on the status of carsharing from the land of the sun’s origin. And we are continuing to seek further details to give you a fuller picture of where it is and where it may be going. […]

Invitation: A New Moment for Carsharing in the Netherlands

This week we completed the working report for the Dutch government, under the title: Going Dutch: A New Moment for  Carsharing in the Netherlands.  Over the remainder of this month we and the organisers are holding workshops and review sessions,presenting, discussing and critiquing the complete working draft.  The English version of the draft is now available for peer […]

World Transport Policy & Practice – Vol. 20, No. 4. Sept. 2014

This issue of World Transport Policy and Practice is a significant milestone in the life of the journal. It marks 20 years of publication and for anyone with a serious interest in understanding the importance of transport, the links between transport, mobility and accessibility and the links with sustainability, health and quality of life, there […]

Carsharing in a time of turbulence

  Preface to forthcoming KpVV report This is a report about something popularly known as carsharing. And you can be sure that we are not the only ones to prepare such a report. Already in 2014 alone hundreds of reports have been bitten on this exact topic from a wide variety of points of view. […]

Anybody who says that Berlin is great for cycling doesn’t know what they’re talking about

Cycling in Berlin * There’s so much to cover here in Berlin;  I have to tell you about the excellent public transport system, the suffocating dominance of car parking, the superb driving conditions, the less-than-superb cycling conditions, the at times downright hostile footways, the culture and attitudes, the VC-and-helmet-loving local cycle campaign, and so much more. […]

Go Lillestrøm! Pedestrians and cyclists receive “reverse toll money” in Norway

As part of Norway’s ongoing European Mobility Week celebrations, around 10,000 NOK (€1,200) was handed out in the town of Lillestrøm to pedestrians and cyclists in “reverse toll money”. The money symbolised the health benefits of walking and cycling, including better fitness, improved air quality and more efficient transport. Cyclists received around €12, while pedestrians […]

Uber casualty

Small taxi operations could be eliminated with new regional taxi authority City Pulse, Lansing MI USA. Wednesday, September 17,2014 A taxi authority that began with a goal of regulating ride share services like Uber could end up adopting rules that squeeze out the little guy. The Greater Lansing Taxi Authority, already approved by East Lansing […]

World Carshare Timeline: 1948 – 2014

The following draft listing is part of a report in progress of by EcoPlan, being carried out for and with CROW/KpVV, the Dutch Knowledge Platform for Transport and Mobility. The goal of this particular section of the report is to prepare and comment briefly a synoptic timeline identifying major events shaping and reshaping the carshare […]

World Transport Policy & Practice. Twentieth anniversary issue. Editorial by John Whitelegg, Founding Editor

This issue of World Transport Policy and Practice is a significant milestone in the life of the journal. It marks 20 years of publication and for anyone with a serious interest in understanding the importance of transport, the links between transport, mobility and accessibility and the links with sustainability, health and quality of life, there […]

Car Free Days 2014 – Citizen Cycling Audit (Revision 2.2)

Twenty questions to light the way to improving cycling in your city. This is the first revision of the initial listing of questions and criteria for the proposed first runs of the Citizens Cycling Audit, as  initially published as a fetture artcile in World Streets on 27 August at http://wp.me/psKUY-3HQ .[1]  As you will note as […]

Twenty Questions to consider to improve cycling In your city. (First guidelines for 2014 WCFD Citizen Cycle Audit )

As original organizers of the World Car Free Days movement, we are always attentive to finding ways to make real use out of these generally festive occasions. We have been working consistently on this task since the first program announcement in Toledo Spain at a major European conference in October 1994 under the title of  […]

What is the difference between a bus stop and a parking bay for carsharing?

By Friso Metz, CROW-KpVV, the Netherlands Recently a medium sized Dutch city asked my counsel about carsharing. The city wants to promote carsharing and is looking for ideas.  While discussing with the city officials and their marketeers, we discovered a particular issue in carsharing. I explained that an average parking bay for carsharing in the […]

CFD 2014 / Citizen Cycling Audit (Working notes for considering groups)

How, when and by whom exactly does the actual self-audit or collaborative benchmarking exercise take place. This is a matter for each city team to work out for themselves, but here are some first suggestions based on our past experience. In laying the base for this project it is important to bear in mind that […]

2014 World Car Free Days / State of City Cycling Self-Audit: An Introduction

Program Summary This is an interim report with suggested guidelines and background for organizing city cycling self-audits and events in support of cycling as a principle theme of World Car Free Days events in 2014. As original organizers of the World Car Free Days movement, we are always attentive to finding ways to make real […]

Provisional Guidelines for 2014 State of City Cycling Self-Audit

 The latest cut of this posting is available at https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/revised-guidelines-for-2014-cfd-state-of-city-cycling-self-audit/ (First draft for review and comment) In the following we take as our point of departure the 13 categories and their 0-4 scoring system of the well-known Copenhagenize Index for Bicycle Friendly Cities, which they have developed over the last half decade for the purpose of […]

European Mobility Week- Cycling Events Guidelines 2014

The following is intended to provide for our readers a useful overview of the cycling component of the EC’s European Mobility Week, with a view to being useful both for cycle planning and programs and eventually as background for the planned city cycle audit activity presently being discussed as a possible component of a certain […]