Is World Streets doing its job? We asked 100 experts for their views – – and 101 responded.

World Streets needs to catch on before my feet get wet.
– Dirk van Dijl, Netherlands

1827 calendar days have passed since World Streets opened its stacks for consultation on 31 March 2009.  Ad the results are there for all to see and judge: 1,196 original articles, 128 contributors, 1,365 photographs, maps, drawings and illustrations, 5443 registered readers, from some 149 different countries, and on an average day anywhere from 150 to 250 visitors click in (best ever: 2002).   But is what we are doing useful and worthy of support? We asked 100 expert readers for their views  — and 101 of them picked up their pens and responded. Continue reading

Support World Streets and the New Mobility Agenda

World Streets is an open collaborative public interest program. We are entirely dependent on the support of contributors, authors, readers, subscribers and others who share our deep concerns about sustainable transportation, sustainable development and social justice. Subscription is free for all, and as a matter policy we do not accept advertising. We count on your counsel and support to be able to continue to do our part in 2014 and beyond.

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Support World Carshare 2013/2014

Make it happen:

As you can well imagine, there is quite a bit of work that goes into a worldwide 91647-ws-write-check5collaborative  program at this level of ambition. And to achieve the level of results that this important policy topic deserves we need help. This can take any of several forms and that is where you come in:

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Support World Streets and the New Mobility Agenda

We have no money gentlemen, so we shall have to think.
– Ernest Rutherford, on taking over Cavendish Laboratory in 1919

World Streets is an independent  public interest publication of the Association EcoPlan International and the New Mobility Agenda made freely ws-write-check5available to all who are looking to understand, support, and contribute to the sustainability agenda anywhere in the world. We firmly believe that there should be no barriers, and especially not commercial ones, to the free circulation of ideas, news, tools  and peer exchanges when it comes to the important issues of sustainable development and social justice.  To ensure our full independence we do not accept advertising. We depend on the support of our readers, concerned public agencies, foundations and actors in the private sector to keep going. As of today, we can report 4,798 subscribers, from 149 countries.  That must mean something.

  1. Suggested guidelines for donations
  2. How to transfer funds
  3. Other ways you can help
  4. Is World Streets doing its job? We asked 100 experts for their views – – and 101 responded – Click here to view their responses

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Support World Streets and the New Mobility Agenda

We have no money gentlemen, so we shall have to think.
– Ernest Rutherford, on taking over Cavendish Laboratory in 1919

World Streets is an independent  public interest publication of the New Mobility Agenda made freely ws-write-check5available to all who are looking to understand, support, and contribute to the sustainability agenda anywhere in the world. We firmly believe that there should be no barriers, and especially not commercial ones, to the free circulation of ideas, news, tools  and peer exchanges when it comes to the important issues of sustainable development and social justice.  To ensure our full independence we do not accept advertising. We depend on the support of our readers, concerned public agencies, foundations and actors in the private sector to keep going.

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Consultancy and Advisory Services: 2013

pen-paperOne way of looking at World Streets and its partners, multiple networks, continuing research and professional activity in our chosen field is to see it as the tip of a very large “iceberg” of experience and competence which can be put to work on your projects and programs. By making use of and supporting our consultancy and advisory services, you are also helping us to fund and carry on with the journal. Here are some of the ways in which this competence can be put to work in collaboration with others. Continue reading

Support World Streets (And why)

We have no money gentlemen, so we shall have to think.
– Ernest Rutherford, on taking over Cavendish Laboratory in 1919

World Streets is an independent  public interest publication which, as a matter of policy, we make freely available to all who are looking to understand, support, and contribute to the sustainability agenda anywhere in the world. We firmly believe that there should be no barriers, and especially not commercial ones, to the free circulation of news, tools, counsel and peer exchanges when it comes to the important issues of sustainable development and social justice.  To ensure our full independence we do not accept advertising. We depend on the support of our readers, concerned public agencies, foundations and actors in the private sector to keep going. Continue reading

Is World Streets doing its job? We asked 100 experts for their views – – and 101 responded.

World Streets needs to catch on before my feet get wet. – The  Netherlands

The results are there for all to see and judge. And we now know that we are going to need a literal world wide web of inputs, collaboration and other forms of support if we are to continue this independent international sustainability adventure in the year ahead. Is what we are doing useful and worthy of support? 101 of our readers picked up their pens and responded to our question. Continue reading

Support World Streets: A few guidelines for readers

We have no money gentlemen, so we shall have to think.
– Ernest Rutherford, on taking over Cavendish Laboratory in 1919

World Streets is an independent  public interest publication which, as a matter of policy, we make freely available to all who are looking to understand, support, and contribute to the sustainability agenda anywhere in the world. We firmly believe that there should be no barriers, and especially not commercial ones, to the free circulation of news, tools, counsel and peer exchanges when it comes to the important issues of sustainable development and social justice.  To ensure our full independence we do not accept advertising. We depend on the support of our readers, concerned public agencies, foundations and actors in the private sector to keep going.

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Editor’s profile updated

As part of the run-up to preparing the work program for 2013, and securing the financial support needed to continue our operations and meet our ambitious objectives in the year ahead, the original 2009 bio note of the editor has been updated. You can find the latest updated version at More to follow here on the program and support effort in the coming days.

Support the “Getting Around” collaborative project

We have no money gentlemen, so we shall have to think.
– Ernest Rutherford, on taking over Cavendish Laboratory in 1919

If you wish to make a contribution to support the Getting Around: : Cities, Complexity, Indolence and the Sliver Arrow of Equity book project and two-year  research and testing program behind it, here is how to transfer funds to support this work:

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Progress report and work plan for 2012 – For comment and finalization

Dear Reader,

We have our work cut out for us in 2012. Look at the numbers.  Despite the great efforts of the best and the brightest in leading cities and programs  worldwide, we are still losing the sustainability wars.  And we are losing them badly, whether in terms of climate, environment, resources, social justice, quality of life and, perhaps worse than the rest, in terms of those key underpinnings of efficiency and economy.  Efficiency,  economy and . . . equity are the indispensable pillars of a sustainability policy no matter what the sector.  But more on that in a bit.  Continue reading


Here you have the beginning of a basically unstructured reading list of articles and books that dig from a wide variety of angles into the complex but oh so important issues that underlie the concept of an equity-based transport systems and policy. In time we will organize this with greater rigor and more detail (but not too much, time is so important), but here you have it today as a useful first reference point, in addition to those you have yourself.  Continue reading

World Streets from Aug. 20 to Sept. 20: Gone fishin’

While World Streets is a collaborative journal fed by a steady flow of contributions of hundreds of contributors from countries around the world, plunging the depths and enormous variations of the challenges of sustainable transportation and sustainable cities, our entire massive editorial staff consists of a single person, also known as Eric Britton, your servant, whose day job it is to spot, incite, cajole and eventually coordinate the articles, photographs, illustrations, letters, commentaries and other media which regularly populate these pages.

But in the late summer month directly ahead, I will be unable to ensure this function since I have been invited to participate and take a significant role in no less than three major international projects which are online for that period and which are simply too good to miss.  Continue reading

We have no money gentlemen, so we shall have to think.

This is a personal call to those of you who have over the years participated in the rather numerous programs and working groups we have since 1988 carefully crafted and maintained in support of worldwide peer collaboration and exchange in our tough but important field: under the New Mobility Agenda, World Streets or one of its sister publications (see below), or who have of late plugged in to our pages on Facebook or Twitter. I feel pretty quite comfortable in doing this since you know what we are trying to do, and who better for me to turn to at a time of need. (And oh yes, for those who may not recall, that citation above was  by Nobel Prize winner Professor Ernest Rutherford, on taking over the quite broke Cavendish Laboratory in 1919, in the wake of the First World War.) Continue reading

World Streets 2010: Aspirations, accomplishments, building blocks, and work still needed to move ahead

The most significant accomplishment over this last year has been that World Streets has somehow managed to continue publication on a weekly basis, and step by step to improve the journal and steadily build up our international readership and contributions. And all this really quite against the odds and with less than modicum of the necessary financial support. But good cause, high commitment and fair performance carry the day, with the result that each week anywhere from 700 to 2000 readers from more than fifty countries from all corners of the world come in to access the journal. Continue reading

2011 Work Plan: First we have to pay for it

Paris. Thursday, 25 November 2010

Subject: Heavy traffic on the way to sustainable cities and sustainable lives . . .

Dear friends and colleagues,

With the harvest now safely in the granary, the livestock firmly locked in the barn, the muskets loaded and plenty of wood chopped to see us through a long and surely hard winter, it is time to cook up a big meal and invite everyone within shouting distance to come to celebrate that we all have somehow made it through one more year and have at least a fair shot at the one to come.

So on this special day for Americans, wearing my hat as founding editor of World Streets I decided this morning to pick up pen and write a short note to you (and approximately one thousan d f riends and colleagues in cities and countries literally all over the world) to see if they, you that is, might have some ideas as to how this thing we call World Streets can now organize to deal with the challenges and the opportunities of the year ahead. For, as you will see in our and other pages, there are surely plenty of both. Continue reading

Building knowledge and support: New Mobility Focus Groups

Group problem-solving and collaborative tool development have been among the key objectives of the New Mobility Agenda since its creation in 1988. Our thesis was and is that there are a growing number of able people and clever innovative projects around the world that are leading the way — and that it can be useful if we here at World Streets can help to open up peer dialogues and better link and support them. The tools we have developed and continue to make pretty good use of are, by today’s standards, very simple, but they do work.

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World Streets is closing down the editorial department . . . . . . for the next week as we reach out for funding support.

As founder and editor of World Streets, I have three jobs. The first is to organize the production side of the journal and to find and work with collaborators around the world to produce challenging thinkpieces and articles which hew to the rigorous strategic lines we have set out to guide all our work (See  Strategy ). The second is to contribute as editorialist and author. And the third — this is the one I really do not like and am demonstrably not very good at– is that of securing the funding needed to keep this boat afloat. So for reasons of force majeur, I have decided to close down the editorial side of this enterprise for the coming week-plus, and concentrate on fund-raising. And here is maybe where you can help.

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Musing: How far is World Streets willing to go to get sponsorship support for 2010?

How would you feel about World Streets if we organize a special edition on electric cars with the sponsorship of General Motors or any other a major automotive manufacturer or upstream supplier? I hope you would feel at least a bit puzzled or impatient. And hopefully actually disappointed that we tumbled into that  facile trap. Sure, electric vehicles are to be part of our future. No problem there. But they are not going to be the path for moving towards sustainable transportation, sustainable cities, or sustainable lives. Bottom line: in terms of sustainability electric cars are a sideshow. Don’t you forget it!

Against this background, here is an article that appears in today’s New York Times (hey New York Times are getting better all the time) in which GM pulls out all the stops to flaunt their sustainability credentials. And they get some highly distinguished help in this. Which I find very worrying. Do you?

A High-Minded Look at Electric Cars

- Jim Motavalli, New York Times. April 23, 2010.
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The setting was the sun-dappled campus of Columbia University, so perhaps it wasn’t surprising that today’s forum on “New York and the Electric Car,” sponsored by the university and General Motors, took on a somewhat elevated tone.

Instead of focusing on the nuts and bolts of how the city’s many apartment-dwelling electric vehicle owners will plug in, the forum celebrated the prospective role of electric cars in changing the world. Several speakers compared the present period to the revolution from horses to horseless carriages more than a century ago.

John Gilbert, executive vice president of the real estate firm Rudin Management, invoked the transforming technology displayed at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. He challenged the audience to think of the modern building as a smart phone that will blossom when applications are created to aid car charging and efficiently manage the flow of electrons.

A highlight of the morning talk was the appearance of Lawrence Burns, the former longtime General Motors vice president, who functioned as the company’s hydrogen fuel-cell champion and big-picture guru of sustainability. Far from retiring, Mr. Burns is a corporate adviser and has academic appointments at both Columbia’s Earth Institute (as director of sustainable mobility) and the University of Michigan.

Mr. Burns said that 29 or 30 green cars of various types, including his former company’s Chevrolet Volt, would be on the market in the next few years. “The new DNA of the automobile is electrically driven,” he said.

He agreed with Mr. Gilbert that information technology would shape the car of the future, and invoked the “mobility Internet” to imagine a time when cars drive themselves and “don’t crash.”

“Texting won’t be an issue, and driving will be the distraction,” said Mr. Burns. “And because cars won’t crash we’ll be able to reduce their mass significantly.”

Among Mr. Burns’ last endeavors at G.M. was Project P.U.M.A., a collaboration with Segway that posits small pod-like 750-pound city cars that can drive autonomously. A second generation of G.M.’s city vehicles, called EN-V, are being put on display at Expo Shanghai in China.

Jeffrey Sachs, who heads Columbia’s Earth Institute, added a note of impatience to the proceedings. He invoked the specter of global warming and the auto tailpipe’s role in hastening it, and said the electrification of the automobile “will have to happen a lot faster than such a complex process would normally require.” Effective public policy, he said, can help accelerate E.V. adoption.

“We are on the cusp of an historic worldwide transformation in transportation that starts in the world’s biggest cities,” Mr. Sachs said in an interview. “It’s important from a resource point of view and an environmental point of view.”

A pre-production Chevy Volt was parked on College Walk for the event. Tony Posawatz, the Volt’s line director, said the company was “on a very good glide path to deliver the car.” The first retail cars will be delivered in November, he said. The Volt plugs in and will be home charged; Mr. Posawatz said he was looking forward to “having a gas station in my garage.”

So is New York ready to charge E.V.’s? Arthur Kressner, director of power supply research and development at Con Edison, cited the electric delivery trucks that plied the city’s streets 110 years ago and answered in the affirmative. Except for relatively rare peak demand times, he said, “the grid is more than capable of meeting the demands of electric vehicles.”

In an interview after the forum, Mr. Kressner said Con Ed has recently met with several charging companies, including the global player Better Place, and with the owners of city parking garages who are likely to add E.V. charging.

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Editor’s note:
Since the issue of sustainability credentials of electric vehicles is one that comes up time and again, often with high profile and great help from the communications resources and excellent PR skills of the groups behind them, it is important that this journal provides a clear and consistent statement of our views on these issues. More on this in our recent article, “Honk? Green power for electric cars: Let’s think about it before hitting the road this time” at

There is an interesting upside to EV story of which we are not hearing very much and which apparently was not a topic for discussion at the joint Columbia/GM high-profile event. And that is the concept of electric cars which behave as they should in a city, meaning that they should be slow enough to be safe on city streets and much smaller so as to take less precious urban real estate. And while this is by no means in itself a magic wand for sustainability, it can serve to offer certain number of improvements which are not to be sneezed at altogether. It is not a big deal really, and that perhaps is part of the problem.

The difficulty is that the automobile industry and there accolates are putting close to zero priority on these kinds of vehicles. Look at the one just your right here: that little lead acid powered electric car provided me with 10 years of reliable, affordable slow speed mobility for my day-to-day transport purposes in Paris which, while once again not the key to sustainable transport, nonetheless represents a kind of pattern break that might in turn create a new set of attitudes about what is really needed. (And the fact that these kinds of vehicles could also be put into a carshare operation (which in fact is she object of discussion and some modest demonstrations), is something which is also worth a thought. Sadly however the bulk of the money spent in this broad area aims to create something rather closer to an electrical Porsche. Pity!)

To conclude on this for now: Let’s not fool ourselves. We have to be very careful day after day to avoid being diverted from the fundamental and huge sustainability challenges that are before us. We need to remain rigorously focused, scrupulously ethical, and relentlessly consistent. Without these qualities, we will never get there. So please, let us not permit ourselves to get distracted. Next?

Eric Britton

World Streets/Monthly Report – March 2010

We very much doubt that most of our busy readers have the time to check into World Streets on a daily basis. For that reason we make available to our subscribers and sponsors in addition to the daily edition, a monthly summary which brings together in one place all postings and comments in a manner in which the busy reader can scan the month’s titles in a few lines and make a decision as to whether or not to call up and read the full article. Time-efficient communication in an overload world.

* * * The monthly reports are reserved for supporting subscribers and sponsors. They are also being developed in other language editions. * * *

March 2010, the month that was:
Another busy month on World Streets, our thirteenth since start-up in March 2009, with 10,392 visitors from some fifty countries dropping in over the course of the month to pick up and at least scan a total of 26 widely varied articles, touching on projects, ideas and accomplishments in places as diverse as Nepal, New York City, Italy, Portugal, Iceland, Sweden, France, India and Japan, reporting on matters ranging from innovations and impacts in walking and cycling, carsharing and ridesharing, sustainable cities strategies, some bad ideas masquerading as sustainable transport, the two million dollar stop sign, the importance of expanding the role of female leadership in our sector (again!), thoughts on how we can look and learn from each other, and some practical advice on how to work effectively with other languages in World Streets and beyond. Read on for more

Who read Streets in March 2010?:(Listed here in order of frequency of visits)
United States * Canada * United Kingdom * India * Spain * South Africa * Italy * Brazil * Denmark * France * Singapore * Portugal * Germany * Ireland * Puerto Rico * Australia * Japan * Korea * Switzerland * Norway * Mexico * Iceland * Malaysia * Poland * Netherlands * Hong Kong * Sweden * Andorra * Ukraine * Uganda * Colombia * Indonesia * New Zealand * Venezuela * Taiwan * Hungary * Chile * Pakistan * Kuwait * Czech Republic * Turkey.

With this map you can see where the last eighty visitors came from. Generally typical, but from day to day with considerable variations.

How to obtain a copy of the March report:

The monthly editions are available through the World Streets Forum to registered subscribers, collaborators, sponsors and others whom they invite to share these findings. The Forum provides a handy way to sign in and to make sure that you are efficiently informed in a concise manner concerning all articles and postings that appear in the pages of the journal. Here is some first background on how it works –

* Click here to check out the Forum. (Access to contents is available to members.)

* To sign up – a quick e-mail to identifying yourself by name, institutional affiliation 1f any, city, country, and preferred e-mail or other contact information.

Freely available in March:

To celebrate our first full year of publication, the March report is being made available exceptionally an to anyone who comes to the site asks for it.

–> Go for it! Click here to download March report. (Large PDF)

World Streets / The Resource Base

World Streets has four main functions: (a) It is a specialized daily journal. (b) A collaborative international network. (c) An in-depth international resource. And finally (d) an active lobby for sustainable transportation, sustainable cities and sustainable lives, supporting projects and programs all over the world. Here we introduce the resource/research function which, as you will see, provides exceptionally deep and broad coverage of the sector from a truly international perspective.

Please start here:

We cordially invite you to give this a careful read the first time you come to this site, because this is your key to getting full value from this carefully constructed toolset.

The resource base and toolset introduced here has been specifically pieced together with our readers and their needs in mind. Our readers come from many different parts of the world, with often very different cultures and historical endowments, and levels of available resources for dealing with all these issues that vary hugely. What they have in common is that overwhelmingly they either work with cities or public agencies concerned with matters of transportation, environment, city development, land use, public health, etc., or are activists or researchers, professors or students, operators or regulators, consultants or concerned citizens. Or are representatives of the media, new and old.

These are the kinds of people and institutions who we have set out to serve.

How to make best use of the site and toolset:

The blog itself is divided into two main sections. The one that most people are immediately aware of and turn their eye to is the larger central column which presents the main content of the daily newspaper. That is our intention.

However, day after day, month after month the sheer quantity of articles and commentaries that appear here tend to gradually enter into something which is analogous to a close drawer on your desk. It is there, it is maybe important for you at some point, but how to get at it when you need it? That is the second part of our challenge.

So to this end, we will focus here entirely on the smaller column just to your left here, the “rest of the iceberg” if you will. This turns out to be a bit more complicated and is worth introducing carefully so that you can get best use of it. We are confident that the time you invest to familiarize yourself initially with this extensive tool set will be well compensated.

Let us start by simply listing the main headings/categories. that constitute the resource base. And then once you have a quick look at the overall collection we can then examine each in turn and in more detail.

Here is the overall listing as it stands at this date:

1. First time visitor ABC’s
2. World Streets in World Languages
3. Search World Streets: 2009/2010
4. The latest from World Streets
5. Featured series for (month)
6. Featured video clips for (month)
7. Latest news from the world’s streets (Headlines and links)
8. Editorial/volunteer team
9. New Mobility building blocks
10. Subscribe, support World Streets 2010
11. Free daily delivery: RSS
12. New Mobility combined search engine
13. World Streets weekly archives
14. Search all key sources (See below)s
15. Key sources, links, and blogs
16. World Streets sentinels
17. World Streets correspondents
18. In Memoriam
19. They are talking about . . .
20. (Some draft sections)

Now going into more detail:

It is our hope that the entire process will be sufficiently well labeled and logical that most of our readers will simply be able to click through them to see where they lead. But we thought it might be useful as well if we supply some more detailed indications, which is what we shall now do, taking each in the indicated order.

1. FIRST TIME VISITOR ABC’S - This important introductory section is divided in turn into five parts:

A. Start here / The Brief- This 4 page/4 minute introduction is proposed is must reading if the readers to understand fundamentally what this initiative is all about. It is a fast read, quickly setting out the main defining points and characteristics of World Streets, and the New Mobility Agenda just behind it.

B. New Mobility / The Strategy – Plan A: Goals, strategy, building blocks. Once again we propose this as an essential read for the first time reader, since it sets out the basic issues and political philosophy that underlie entire approach and selection of the journal. This is not just any collection of “interesting articles” that involve issues of transport in and around cities. It is about sustainable transportation quite strictly defined. Please read.

C. World Streets / The Resource (this page)

D. Expert views / The reaction — 101 readers report their critical views on World Streets. Replaces here because we believe it provides important perspective from readers with high expertise in many areas and for many parts of the world. As editors we can tell you how good we think we are all day long, but these words from entirely independent people provide you with something you can count on.

E. Implementation / Now what: — contribute, subscribe, support, get involved in making World Streets of success. This is for us an extremely important section, though life being what it is and timing as short as it is, we have to keep in mind that many readers will be too busy to give this their attention. We hope you will, because your collaboration is part of what is needed to make this collaborative venture work. Thanks for taking the time to read this.


This is tricky, but very important. It is easy to have prejudices on this in terms of the violence of the translations can do to your language; but be patient, there is more to it than that. There is a language reality out there of which many people working in the field internationally are not necessarily aware. And that is that the bulk of the people on this planet who are involved in transportation policy and practice in any given place where English is not the primary language, simply do not have the time to devote to reading articles, even summaries of articles, that are in something other than their main working language. That is a reality. But since World Streets has the pretension of being a truly worldwide cross-cultural source, we have tried to figure out how to make some kind of inroads into this seemingly intractable problem. With that in mind and making use of this borrowed toolset, from our very first day of publication we have tried to take advantage of best available technology in order to provide workable translations for the roughly 6,000,000,000 people on this planet for whom English is not their main working language. For more on this, have a look at .


Remember our analogy that the past content of World streets runs the risk of being equivalents of potentially interesting papers and reports that are caught in a closed-door of your desk? As an example as of March 2010 have been more than 500 articles and commentaries published in the course of the first year. But these are not just articles were given day, but potential resources. This search function scans via your selection of keywords the entire contents of World Streets from its inception. The same familiar approach as for Google. Try when you need it and we think you will not be disappointed. (In other parts of this resource section you will see additional Combined Search Engines which we have created to scan the contents of hundreds of related sources worldwide. You will see more on that below.)


This tool sets out two searches, the first of which calls up the latest articles appearing in the journal with the most recent up top, while the second is the same for your comments.


The items under this heading vary from month to month depending on the goals and orientation of the overall program in that period. In all cases however they are standardized to the extent that the first item calls up the World Streets Monthly Report for the last full month, while the last item — Check out (month’s) featured clips — provides an introduction to the selected video clips for the month, which appear immediately below and are directly clickable.


because we live in a multimedia world, and because in order to advance the sustainable transportation agenda we have to take advantage of every tool at our disposal, this section presents each month a selection of short videos which we propose for viewing, perhaps during your coffee break. As you can imagine, we give careful thought to the selection.


In the big and varied world in which we live the concept of creative linking is a very important one. On the other hand we must be extremely careful since, given the enormous wealth and great facility of making these contacts, you can always end up connecting to everything, and then at the end of the day have no time to do your own work. So in this case what we decided to do is to select a total of a dozen sources of news, generating for the most part daily news, which treat in various ways the main issues to which World Streets is dedicated. (Not necessarily reflecting our views and priorities but working energetically to make these issues and trade-offs better known.

The idea is that our readers will be able to run down that list in a minute or two, and then if they spot something that appears to be possibly relevant for their work, all they have to do is click to it and the original source will be at their service. And if you wish to see more from that source, you can also find them listed in the “Key Sources” section just below. There is considerable variety in the range and tgype of sources selected here, but that is as it must be in a world in which issues are complex and the answers are sure to be surprising. Let us use our peripheral vision to make sure we are not missing anything important.


This short section introduces the team of volunteers who are cooperating to lead and support this independent and until now largely unfunded effort in support of sustainable transport worldwide. The second part of this listing provides information such as guidelines for contributors, comments on fair use, and a rough shopping list setting out some of the technical and other innovations and competences that we would hope to build and program without too much delay.


-> Marquee: This running display has been set up in order to give someone who is sufficiently curious a review of the way that we view the main components and delivery modes that together constitute the New Mobility Agenda. Admittedly it is almost impossible to read in its present form, but the content is important and will be the subject of articles and clarification in the near future. The bottom line point is this: the future of transport and cities is not a question of cars used in the old way and/or public transit is delivered in the old way. There is a lot more to it than that, which indeed is what World Streets is all about. To continue.

-> Behind World Streets: the New Mobility Agenda: world streets is basically the unified publishing arm of the New Mobility Agenda, whose numerous programs, libraries, message services, and links feed into the Journal and provide it with much of its backing and content.

-> Knoogle search > 800 selected world sources: Knoogle is the Combined Search Engine and specialized knowledge browser that we initiated in 2008 and have subsequently continued to develop it into a search tool which provides access to a very large number of carefully selected sources dealing with sustainable transportation and sustainable cities worldwide.

-> Meet the World Streets Sentinels: The “sentinels” are colleagues working in this field around the world who have agreed to share with us their findings and observations within their cities and countries. (This program is and will continue to be under development.)

-> Read Nuova Mobilità: Nuova Mobilità is our sister publication, the first in what we hope will develop into a series of affiliated projects aiming to provide useful materials on our topic to professionals and others working in that country and language group. The site is in Italian, however on the upper left you will see there is the possibility of into English or other language of your choice. We invite you to drop in and have a look from time to time to see how our Italian sisters and brothers look at the challenges of sustainable transportation.


This section invites our readers to be part of the solution and to join in to support this collaborative program through financial contributions, their willingness to work with us to find sponsors, their availability for writing articles and other forms of technical support, and in general joining in this international collaborative effort. The very important part of this concerns are invitation for readers who share our values to set forth in order to work with us as ambassadors in order to help us intensify and contact organizations known to them, and in particular within their own countries, for future collaboration and exchange.


One click access to setting up your preferred RSS feeds for both articles and comments.


Just before we get to the Journal’s archives, which organized by week and year, we thought it would be useful to place another search engine which gives the reader the choice of looking through those archives directory, clicking on yet more general look through the very large number of sources that are covered by our Knoogle knowledge browser. Or more generally the full Web.


Every week somewhere between five and seven new articles are posted, and these archives are intended to be handy to check out daily postings going all the way back to the first edition in March 2009. In most cases when one is referencing anything more than a week or two back, unless you know the approximate date, probably the best way to locate the items you are looking for is via the preceding search engine. Another excellent possibility is to use the key word items that are associated with each article.


Yet another search engine, this time aiming at the more than 200 carefully selected sources that are listed just below. So put in other words, if you are curious as to what this collection of outstanding sources as to say on any given subject, you have a very simple tool here in order to carry out your research.


This is a potential gold mine for researchers. We give great importance to this collection of sources and are continuously soliciting our readers to review them and suggest further additions, or if they feel the source is not up to the standard to be dropped from the listing. At the time this page was prepared there were some 204 sources identified on that list, all available with a single click. And all fully searchable through the preceding customized search engine.


This world map identifies the first one hundred-plus people working in more than forty countries on all continents who have stepped forward with offers to share with all interested latest information and clues from their cities, good news and bad news that has perhaps lessons for others. This listing is continually in process, and recommendations for qualified people are much appreciated. (For more, click here – )


List of some of the people reporting on projects, problems, etc. in their cities in different parts of the world. (Ever in process)


If you are familiar with the work of these pioneering figures, you will understand why we are here and working to build on the foundation they have so generously given us.


this is not a particularly sophisticated collection of links, but we at least find some use in reviewing them from time to time to get a better feel for the extent to which World streets, Nuova Mobilità and the New Mobility Agenda are being referenced or in the news.


20. TABLE OF CONTENTS (working draft)
This is at this point a catch-all with ideas for bits and pieces to be integrated, perhaps, into the resource base at an appropriate time


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Dear reader.

I have to admit it. This has been a long slog, for us to write and you to read. But that is exactly what sustainability is all about: new mental architecture, carefully thought-out philosophy, breadth of vision, consistent criteria, great energy, unremitting discipline, deep collaboration, and an ability to hang in there for the long slog. This is not a job for lazy people. :-)

Eric Britton
Editor, World Streets

World Streets contributions under Eric Britton’s leadership We asked 100 experts for their views – – and 101 responded.

Dateline Paris. 2 March 2010. We have just completed our first year of publication of World Streets. The results are there for all to see and judge. And we now know that we are going to need financial and other forms of support if we are to continue this international sustainability adventure. Is what we are doing useful and worthy of support? 101 of our readers picked up their pens and responded to our question.

Admittedly you cannot expect to get all that much perspective on this if you ask the editor. So  over the last months we invited one hundred of our international readers to provide brief critical comments on the usefulness of this new venture, with a view to having their independent counsel concerning whether or not this project should be continued. Here you have 101 answers, duly signed, unedited and as received from readers in 37 countries expressing their views on the importance of continuing the work of the planet’s only sustainable transport daily.

Listen to their voices, they are the experts and the people working hard to make sustainable transport a reality. And here is one you might wish to start with, from a Dutchman working in the field of transport innovation and public policy: “World Streets needs to catch on before my feet get wet.” The Dutch have their own way of looking at these things.

Thank you all for your comments and support. And stay tuned. There is a lot more ahead for the second year of World Streets.

Eric Britton,
Editor, World Streets.

One hundred and one responded:

Lake Sagaris, Santiago, Chile said…

World Streets offers an excellent information and exchange service to busy professionals and citizens’ organizations.

We follow its postings closely and translate those most relevant into Spanish, for circulation on our Latin American network of sustainable and active transport enthusiasts, professionals and activists, with excellent results.

Thanks very much to the team responsible. This is an extremely important initiative, with a truly global impact, well worth supporting.

Lake Sagaris
Ciudad Viva (Living City)

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Robert C Hampshire, Pittsburg USA said…

I really enjoy the daily emails! It is THE best source in the world for sustainable mobility information. Keep up the great work.

Robert C Hampshire
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh PA USA

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Helmut Holzapfel said…

World Streets is a fantastic tool! WE NEED international networks to share experiences, avoid faults and wrong strategies and to give us news from successes all over the world!

Prof. Dr-Ing Helmut Holzapfel, Kassel Germany
Urban and Transport planning
Kassel University

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Hassaan Ghazali said…

World Streets creates the context to integrate the efforts of so many individuals and institutions. Indeed, it is the perfect platform to carry out research, advocacy and the like. Really looking forward to using it.

Islamabad, Pakistan

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Tom Bertulis, Mexico City said…

I have found World Streets to be vital in keeping up with the latest and greatest in transport issues around the world. World Streets gathers all the newest reports and succinctly puts them in one place. At the same time, it adds valuable insights and ideas not found anywhere else; it is my “one stop shopping” news source. It deftly cuts out superfluous and inadequate information and is leading the way to make this world a leaner, greener place. It is essential that this news source continues to grow as we enter the “Third Wave” of major transport changes on our precious planet.

Tom Bertulis, PE
Senior Technical Advisor
Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
Mexico City

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Lee Schipper, Ph.D. Berkeley CA USA said…

The layout and the messages are very very good.

We desperately need this kind of AGORA where we can gather, fight, disagree, and finally agree on sensible transport solutions.

Particularly important is that people from the developing world are chiming in as well.

Lee Schipper, Ph.D.
Berkeley CA USA
Global Metropolitan Studies

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Juan Carlos Garcia Sanchez, Bogota Colombia said…

Attached to your great work guiding the public towards meaningful opinion sharing regarding sustainable transport, you can count on the gratitude of many of us who have opened up their eyes before the seemingly unstoppable crisis coming out of private car usage and lack of efficient commitment to sustainability in the modern societies…..

Keep it up¡ you are one of our last resources.

Juan Carlos Garcia Sanchez
Bogotá Colombia

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W. Dirk van Dijl, Hastings, E. Sussex UK said…

Two boys were playing football in my street earlier this week. What a wonderful sight. Time to reclaim our World Streets!

W. Dirk van Dijl
Hastings, E. Sussex UK

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Ann Hackett, New York NY USA said…


Please continue your work on World Streets. It provides a beacon of light showing the way to sustainable living.

Ann Hackett, New York NY USA

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Paul Metz The Netherlands said…

In this age of info overload AND urgent need for practical solutions only the most focused and expert-filtered sources survive. World Streets is one such high value-added site !

Paul Metz
The Netherlands

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Tomás Marín T. Santiago de Chile said…

WS is an excellent initiative for sustainable transport experts and advocates around the world.

For us Latin Americans, it is an important source of innovative ideas and communication exchange, and a relevant independent media.

Tomás Marín T.
Santiago de Chile
Ciudad Viva (Living City) – Active Transport Centre

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David Levinger Seattle WA USA said…

World Streets is the premier global exchange for expert assessments of new mobility innovations.

More than an online publication, it is a network of the leading minds from dozens of countries in the northern and southern hemispheres, rich and poor countries, reporting from every continent.

David Levinger Seattle WA USA
The Mobility Education Foundation |
David Levinger

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Jonas Hagen, ITDP Brazil said…

World Streets is an invaluable resource for sustainable mobility professionals, interested laypeople, and decision makers.

It helps keep this small but dedicated community abreast of global developments and encourage peers that are in adverse circumstances.

Sharing best practices around the world is invaluable and World Streets is an excellent forum for this.

Best regards,

Jonas Hagen, ITDP Brazil

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James P. Clark, New York NY said…

Does the world NEED more and better sustainable transport planning? Absolutely.

Has Eric Britton and World Streets added an invaluable resource to the sustainable transport debate and movement? Absolutely.

Is the chance for a successful global transition to sustainable transport significantly enhanced by the existence of World Streets? Absolutely.

So, in good conscience, support it with enthusiasm and passion and hard work, we must… absolutely.

James P. Clark, New York NY
Chairman, The World Technology Network

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Ian Perry (Cardiff, UK) said…

“New Mobility” is not simply the solution to the problems of the car system, it is a better system, and World Streets is the place to find out more.

Thanks to all the contributors for all their input and to those who read, discuss and implement the knowledge and ideas found here.

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Jack M. Nilles Los Angeles, CA said…

Transportation sustainability is a global problem. Better technology may be necessary, but probably is not sufficient to the task. In this world of finite, and dwindling, energy resources we also need to change our transportation behavior, our modal choices.

World Streets is an important new way to illuminate those issues and get that word around the world. Best of all, World Streets airs the views of many and diverse transportation experts so that better global–and local–perspectives can develop more rapidly.

Don’t dig potholes, support World Streets!

Jack M. Nilles
Los Angeles, CA

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Sharon Feigon, Chicago IL USA said…

Thank you for all your great work keeping up the international dialogue on car sharing and urban mobility. I appreciate your effort to keep us all informed and aware of the latest developments throughout the world.

While I have a lot of contact with our partners in the US, I would never be able to keep up on what is happening internationally without your site.

Sharon Feigon
CEO, I-GO Car Sharing
Chicago IL USA

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Morten Lange, Reykjavik, Iceland said…

World Streets seems to hold a promise to become a great source for making “new” knowledge about transport in towns and cities more visible and available to the interested politician, planner, engineer, professional, activist and citizen. The set of street correspondents at WorldStreets is very impressive.

What we might gain is more efficient, healthy, environmentally sustainable and humane transport in towns and cities around the world.

Morten Lange, MSc
Chairman of the Icelandic Cyclists’ Federation
Reykjavik, Iceland

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enrico bonfatti, Bergamo Italy said…

What a crowd…

I think World Street is so useful that I am setting up an Italian version of it, thanks to Eric’s strong and continuous support.

Sometimes (I’d better say always) it looks like Italy is far away from Europe. I hope this little thing could help us to get a bit closer, helping my country-fellows to stop believing tales…

enrico bonfatti, Bergamo Italy

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Péter Dalos, Hungary said…

Dear Mr. Eric Britton,

May I denote my appreciation on your personal effort taken towards the field of sustainable transport planning. As a transport planner of COWI Hungary Ltd. I’ve learned a lot from you and through your forums of expertise. It would be a honour if I could support your activity in the future.

Best regards

Péter Dalos, Hungary
COWI Hungary Ltd

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Dhyana Quintanar, Mexico City said…

World Streets is a fast, attractive and useful resource for us dealing with these very issues as practitioners every day.

It provides valuable insights and information from around the globe, allowing us to constantly evaluate the focus of our projects and providing appealing arguments and references to support our work regardless of the context we are in.

I truly appreciate having this resource available to enhance my work.

Dhyana Quintanar, Mexico City
Coordinator of the NMM Strategy

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Amy Granger, Washington DC USA said…

World Streets helps me keep abreast of developments in shared transit and modern mobility technology. I live in Washington DC and as a concerned member of the global community

I greatly appreciate the updates and information that help shape my perspectives on where we should be directing our efforts.

Amy Granger, Washington DC USA

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Laura Machado, Porto Alegre, Brazil said…

I really do think that World Streets is a good site about sustainable mobility, as the news is updated all the time, always a reason to visit and respond your request!

Laura Machado, Porto Alegre, Brazil .

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Jason Meinzer Philadelphia, PA USA said…

The [WorldCityBike] forum is an invaluable, far-reaching service to many and if halted due to funding constraints would be a true shame.

Jason Meinzer
Philadelphia, PA USA
CityRyde LLC – “Bike Sharing Experts”

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Wayne Worden, Vancouver, B.C. Canada said…

I’m getting a lot of information on World Streets that I suspect I would have to search very hard for on my own. Sustainable transportation is an important subject for me and I appreciate having World Streets as a resource.

Wayne Worden, Vancouver, B.C. Canada

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enrico bonfatti said…

What a crowd…

I think World Street is so useful that I am setting up an Italian version of it, thanks to Eric’s strong and continuous support.

Sometimes (I’d better say always) it looks like Italy is far away from Europe. I hope this little thing could help us to get a bit closer, helping my country-fellows to stop believing tales…

Enrico Bonfatti, Bergamo, Italy

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Neil Takemoto, CoolTown Beta Communities, Washington DC, U.S.A. said…
The key to effective positive change is in assembling an enthusiastic community of people committed to investing in that change, locally.

World Streets provides such a forum, allowing each of these local communities to share resources and inspire one another.

Neil Takemoto, CoolTown Beta Communities,
Washington DC, U.S.A.

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Iker Maguregi Bilbao Spain said…

The World Street web site and its worldwide mobility, urbanism, innovation, ecological and new way of philosophers think tank virtual library is important for us, and i wonder what it would be like without having this magnificent working source to help is in our daily working tasks.

Many times is shows the value of cooperation and networking to encourage the way forward, so that, I found this initiative and its partnership culture one of the most exemplary ones and worthwhile for human progress and wellbeing.

For all that, I would like to express my good will and support for this kind of altruistic work and cheer up everybody who makes efforts to keep unselfishly working on this path.
Greetings from Basque Land,
Iker Maguregi
Bilbao Spain

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Pascal J.W. van den Noort, Amsterdam said…

With World Streets, Velo Mondial is wholly devoted to advancing the sustainable transportation and sustainable cities agenda worldwide.

The support we feel from World Streets is therefore immense and should be sustained in the long term.

Passion is great, financial support makes the passion available for the long term.

I wish you all the luck you need! Velo Mondial will continue the support.

Pascal J.W. van den Noort, Amsterdam
Executive Director Velo Mondial

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Jan Visser, The Netherlands said…

World Streets is a great initiative, because it’s so necessary and relevant, but also because it’s well run and uses a minimum of resources. There is much to learn from different experiences around the world to change our habits regarding transportation in the interest of sustainability.

There is also much to gain by applying the power of imagination to solving the problems we are facing. World Streets does a great job helping us to learn and imagine.

Jan Visser, The Netherlands
Learning Development Institute

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Carlos Cordero, Lima Peru said…

It’s a good job all you have done with World Streets. I find the blog easy to read and well supported with contributors from all around the
world. I will send some feedback from Peru and Latinamerica.

Keep on and good luck with further developments on sustainable transportation.

A hug from Lima,

Carlos Cordero, Lima Peru

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Gary Gardner, Grass Valley, CA said…

To the editor:

I very much support what you’re doing, especially the collaborative way in which you promote a sustainable transportation agenda. Keep it up!

One suggestion: keep the verbiage to a minimum. Online, our attention span is minimal. Unfortunate, but true!

Best wishes for continued success in your work.

Gary Gardner, Grass Valley, CA
Senior Researcher
Worldwatch Institute

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Debi Goenka, Mumbai India said…

I am delighted to read about these sustainable transport initiatives from all over the world.

Keep up the great work.

Debi Goenka, Mumbai India
Executive Trustee
Conservation Action Trust

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Stephen Plowden, London UK said…

World Streets is indispensable for anyone, whether a professional transport planner or simply a concerned citizen, anxious to keep up with important innovations (and sometimes retrograde steps too) in urban transport all over the world.

It deserves all our gratitude and support.

Stephen Plowden, London UK

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Benoît Beroud, Paris France said…

World Streets works on the principle of a world newspaper focused specifically on sustainable mobility, fed by experts of each country. Thanks to this tool, mobility workers have information, points of view of different cultures and different sources of information. It definitely brings an open-minded in the growing attention field which is the sustainable mobility.

Benoît Beroud, Paris France

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Tim Caswell, Bristol UK said…

World Streets is one of those invaluable resources that just keeps coming up with the goods. We live in a world where we are often isolated in our own sphere of daily work, but at the same time knowing we are all working towards a bigger picture.

World Streets keeps us together in knowing the latter is happening. Slowly (perhaps too slowly), but surely. Its an informational as well as social service !

We would certainly be poorer without it.

Best Regards

Tim Caswell, Bristol UK

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Carlosfelipe Pardo said…

Dear World Streets,

Your work on disseminating information on sustainable transport to the general public, professionals and policymakers has helped us a lot in supporting our views in promoting these topics in developing countries.
We truly hope this endeavor not only continues but that more resources become available to increase its impact even more.

Best regards,

Carlosfelipe Pardo, Bogota Colombia
ITDP Country Director (Colombia

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Sean Roche said…

An invaluable resource. Even the name World Streets captures the intensely local nature of these issues that nonetheless have an obviously global impact.

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Joao Cunha. Barcelona, Spain. said…

Hello World Streets staff:

keep up your good work, and spread your ideas through places that need it, specially third-world and developing countries.


Joao Cunha.
Barcelona, Spain.

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Bernie Wagenblast, Cranford, NJ USA said…

As the editor of an electronic publication called the Transportation Communications Newsletter my interests lie in promoting communications.

World Streets is an important way information and viewpoints can be shared worldwide on the topic of sustainable transportation. Through the sharing of what may sometimes be contradictory opinions, others can sharpen their own perspectives and contribute to the ongoing dialogue. To me what’s important is not so much that a particular position be promoted, but that multiple positions can be shared in a civil forum.

Bernie Wagenblast, Cranford, NJ USA

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John Warren, Toronto ON Canada said…

World Streets is a very useful project. Tra
nsportation has very large environmental social and health impacts and current trends are clearly unsustainable.

Only by sharing information is there any hope of moving towards a sustainable future without a prior catastrophe. Any support for this project would be beneficial.

John Warren, Toronto ON Canada

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Marko Thull, Prague, Czech Republic said…

Thanks for your work. World Street is a great source of information for all people interested by alternative transportation. The blog is easy to read and provide articles about a various range of subjects.

All the best from Prague, Czech Republic

Marko Thull, Prague, Czech Republic

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Alok Jain, Hong Kong said…

Even though reacting sometimes to an issue seems like repeating what other have already said or what appears to be basic common sense (or sometimes just completely overwhelming) and hence one restrains oneself from really expressing, there should not be a reason to not commend the tremendous work that World Streets (and of course, you) is doing.

So, here’s three cheers to World Streets and you. Keep up the good work and keep the mails coming…

Best wishes

Alok Jain, Hong Kong

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Ashok Sreenivas, Parisar, Pune. India said…

I am admittedly an occasional visitor to the World Streets site, but whenever I do I find useful content there.

Ashok Sreenivas
Parisar, Pune. India

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Alexandra Velasco, Quito – Ecuador said…

Dear World Streets:

I am really lucky for having known Eric Britton, and World Streets. Now I can feel I am not the only black sheep in the family but there are other black (brown, red, yellow and even pinkish) one also trying to tell the white sheep that there are other colours in the world of mobility and that diversity of opinions and knowledge may reinforce the sense of our unique planet and land depend on our kind of mixture and cooperativism.

I am also sure that exchanging information from a north – south vision is important, but also south – south cooperation and integration since developing countries enhances the same problems as developed countries in terms of mobility but with different and scarce resources, points of view, different cultural and social context, and especially strategies for fighting climate change effects in our countries. Good to have you in the same ship!

Thanks a lot for considering us in the agenda

From Quito – Ecuador above 2800 above sea level

Alexandra Velasco, Quito – Ecuador
Colectivo Quito para Todos

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Orlando Strambi, Sao Paulo, Brazil said…

After 35 years working with and teaching Urban Transport Planning, tapping into information from New Mobility, and now World Streets, fora during the last few years has radically changed my perspective about transport problems and possible solutions towards a sustainable future.

Orlando Strambi, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Associate Professor
Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo

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Daniel Sperling, Davis CA, USA said…

This is an invaluable source of information about sustainable transportation and a great forum for communication and sharing of new and successful ideas and actions.

Daniel Sperling, Davis CA, USA
Director, Institute of Transportation Studies
Saturday, 20 June, 2009

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Curt Larson, Pittsburgh, PA USA said…

You are doing a great job to further an important issue.

Curt Larson, Pittsburgh, PA USA

PS. Living back in Pittsburgh, PA as of 11 months ago after 7 years in Helsinki, a bicycling heaven if one does not mind the cold

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John Ashmore said…

As a professional engineer in the public transport industry I use and value ‘World Streets’ to keep me abreast of the alternatives that are put forward for both urban and rural movement of choice. There are many commendable ideas that can be expanded but the role of an attractive, clean, efficient modern integrated public transport system (trains, trams, buses, or ….) capable of mass movement must surely be the best core method of travel in cities. Keep up the good work and communications. It is a ‘breath of fresh air’, even to a traditional engineer like me!
John Ashmore, West Sussex, UK

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Prof. Michael Lewyn, Jacksonville, FL USA said…

Almost encyclopedic in its discussion of a wide variety of transportation issues.

Prof. Michael Lewyn, Jacksonville, FL USA
Florida Coastal School of Law

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Paul Barter, Singapore said…

World Streets is already playing an excellent role in fostering and expanding the international community around the cause of liveable streets and new mobility.

This is incredibly important. The diversity and geographic range of the sources and the readers is impressive with enormous potential for mutual learning across borders. The information shared is of high quality and well focused. It is wonderful to be reminded daily of being part of an international movement that is gathering momentum.

Paul Barter, Singapore
Assistant Professor in Public Policy
and Co-manager and founder of the sustran-discuss forum, which focuses on urban transport in developing countries, especially in Asia.

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Wendy Brawer, New York NY USA said…

I showed the site this week to an English visitor who arrived by wheelchair. She is working on pedestrian and accessibility issues and was delighted to find such a thorough resource that could be mined for best practices worldwide.

Thanks for your great work!

Wendy Brawer, New York NY USA
Green Map System

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Elliot Schwartz, Cambridge MA USA said…

I just discovered, and immediately found myself reading several articles and following links to other sites for more information! It seems like a great resource for the car-free & sustainable transportation movements!


Elliot Schwartz, Cambridge MA USA

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Dr Alice Maynard, Milton Keynes UK said…

World Streets is a valuable place to exchange ideas about how we can stay mobile without destroying the very things that we want to be mobile for… our surroundings, our heritage, our planet… and in exchanging ideas we can ensure we don’t repeat the mistakes of existing transport systems that exclude so many people.

Dr Alice Maynard, Milton Keynes UK
Director. Future Inclusion

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Sue Zielinski, Ann Arbor MI USA said…

I felt compelled to let you know that in its short existence I’ve found World Streets to be a refreshingly digestible and linkable resource that brings together not only key issues but also key people related to sustainable transportation around the world. It’s a timely tool for change -


Sue Zielinski, Ann Arbor MI USA
Managing Director, SMART
University of Michigan

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Luud Schimmelpennink, Amsterdam, the Netherlands said…

World Streets and the shifting role of the car:

State-of-the-art technology can be put to work hand-in-hand with the changing role of the private car in the city in order to create situations in which even car use can be integrated into the overall mobility strategy with a far softer edge. These advantages need to be carefully explored then widely broadcast so as to increase acceptance of the new pattern of urban mobility.

World Streets contributions in this great challenge after only three months are already considerable. Your positive approach to the full, necessary new mobility mix sets you apart from most of the rest.

Niet stoppen nu World Streets.

Luud Schimmelpennink, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Adam Cooper, Vancouver Canada said…

Free access to the information provided by World Streets and its members is helping to connect concerned citizens around the world.
The World Streets network generates significant positive benefits by creating a dialogue around urban issues which might not otherwise take place. This rich dialogue allows best practices from around the globe to be shared in real time; allowing members and visitors to the site to learn from each other and export the lessons the their own cities. The content generated helps to shift the paradigm of urban planning to one that is focused not on the automobile, but on pedestrians, cyclists and others who have typically been ignored. The momentum of urban change is growing around the world, cyclists and pedestrians are taking back their streets and World Streets is there to share the critical information and help in the long fight ahead.

Adam Cooper, Vancouver Canada
UBC TREK Program Centre

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Igor Abreu Garcia, Brazil said…
I’m writing to let you know that we from Brazil’s Critical Mass are happy to see your work, please keep going on, and you can count on us in spreading the word of bike and sustainability around here!

Igor Abreu Garcia, Brazil

John Thackara, Amsterdam, the Netherlands said…
World Streets is a unique and valuable resource. It would be impossible to find this quality of news and insight anywhere else. I encourage all policy makers and city managers to put World Streets at the top of their reading list.

John Thackara, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Director, Doors of Perception

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Theo Schmidt, Steffisburg, Switzerland said…

An invaluable if somewhat weighty resource.

An assembly of invaluable people.

Theo Schmidt, Steffisburg, Switzerland

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Faizan Jawed, Mumbai India said…

World Streets shows the power and good feeling that sharing knowledge, being critical and discussion brings. News, Information and discussion form World Streets forms the most important part of sustainable mobility news, views and happenings for me. World Streets also showcases innovative and apposite use of information technology in today’s time.

I am sure that it will play an important role in moulding professional and public opinion and strengthen the movement for equitable, sustainable cities.

Faizan Jawed, Mumbai India

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Sujit Patwardhan said…

World Streets is a resource rich in content and vision. We have been working for improving Public Transport, Cycling and Walking and for introducing TDM (Traffic Demand Management) measures in Pune, India I haven’t been able to contribute much to the site in terms of articles or reports but we are planning to send you a brief case study on two roads that the Municipal Corporation wants to turn into “one way streets”, and where are trying to introduce several measures to improve pedestrian and cycling facilities and limit parking of automobiles.

Sujit Patwardhan,
Pune, India

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Dr Adhiraj Joglekar, Mumbai and Pune, India said…

Worlds Streets celebrates multiple viewpoints pertaining to one vision ‘sustainable cities’.
A great resource.

Dr Adhiraj Joglekar, Mumbai and Pune, India

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Paul DeMaio, Washington, DC USA said…

The World City Bike Forum by World Streets is a great resource for the advancement of bike-sharing and is used by progressive transportation planners around the world.

Paul DeMaio, Washington, DC USA
Managing Member, MetroBike LLC

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Ton Daggers, The Netherlands said…

I am always surprised how many things can be done in 24 hours as I read World Streets. Many valuable contributions from many different sources brought together is very useful for professionals urban planners and other interested.

The need for change which is expressed in many messages is to be spread more and again.

Ton Daggers, The Netherlands

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Rosalie Day, Adelaide, South Australia said…

Sustainable transport is essential if we are to have a liveable world and cities in the future.

World Streets is a great source of information and a forum for sharing ideas about the many things we can do to make transport work better.

I find it useful and thought provoking and support its continuation.


Rosalie Day
Adelaide, South Australia

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Lewis Chen, Singapore said…

World Streets is a great initiative to support the development of sustainable transportation model for cities that we live in. It is a great place for sharing and to source for ideas.

The information is also useful for many policy makers and interested parties. Keep up the good work!

Lewis Chen, Singapore
General Manager, INVERS Asia Pte. Ltd.

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Jeroen Langeveld, Zutphen, The Netherlands said…

We share the streets — Now let’s share the cars as well.

Jeroen Langeveld, Zutphen, The Netherlands

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Gail Jennings, Capetown South Africa said…

What would I do without World Streets? It’s always a great read, a source of inspiration, information, a sense of community… And gives us a sense of hope and gathering momentum for change.

Gail Jennings, Capetown South Africa
Mobility Magazine,

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Antonia Roberts. Leeds UK said…

This is to express Carplus support for all that is done by World Streets and at the World Car Share Consortium, and the regular bulletins and website resources it houses and creates. It is an invaluable way of keeping in touch with others in the industry around the world.

By sharing knowledge and best practise it makes our efforts more effective and successful.

I very much hope that resources are found for it to continue.

Antonia Roberts. Leeds UK
Director, carplus – rethinking car use

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Simon Baddeley, Birmingham, UK said…

Dear Eric

‘World Streets’ is a portal, blog and website capturing the idea of thinking globally, acting locally, sharing, via the internet, practical ways, after a century pf distortion, to restore – through research, education, lobbying and debate – a balance between access by proximity and access by mobility.

Simon Baddeley, Birmingham, UK
Inlogov, School of Government & Society
University of Birmingham

Manfred Breithaupt. Eschborn, Germany said…

Dear World Streets,

We are always eager to forward the information that is sent through the World Streets website and discussion group, as we have found it a most useful and up-to-date resource that complements our work and provides support to our advisory projects in the developing world.

Manfred Breithaupt. Eschborn, Germany
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH
(German Technical Cooperation – Transport and Mobility

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Ines Alveano, Morelia, Mexico said…

I read in the city where I live (Morelia). I find it very interesting and useful. I dream that some day, we’ll have better forms of transportation (I use public transport and bike) in our country (Mexico).

Ines Alveano, Morelia, Mexico

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Alon Rozen, Paris, France and Tel Aviv Israel said…

From someone who has seen how much effort and resources Eric and his network of World Streets partners and collaborators have poured into this valuable endeavor, I can only hope that policy makers around the world will see this as a concrete example of going from idea to action — and then lend an attentive ear to the incredible dialog going on right here, online, every day! Hopefully too, the enthusiasm, ideas, collective intelligence and feedback will get their attention too…

You are filling an important policy vacuum and I can only hope that decision makers will be smart enough to involve you in the discussion leading to their own policy formulations.

Alon Rozen, Paris, France and Tel Aviv Israel

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Michael Alba, Boston MA USA said…

World Streets is a fantastic distillation of global information covering some of the most exciting cutting-edge advancements and/or concepts in the arena of sustainability. It is a perfect source for busy individuals bombarded with information-overload in this era of communication saturation. As with everything that you have progressed before, be sure you have our many thanks Eric.

Michael Alba, Boston MA USA
Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates

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Michael Yeates, Brisbane Australia said…

Communication is essential especially as both good and bad news now travel the globe in milliseconds. The threats to our “streets” are very similar but appear different so understanding the different contexts and spreading good ideas widely is essential to keep people not threatening vehicles on our “World Streets”. Thanks for access to great info and expertise.

Michael Yeates
Brisbane Australia

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April Streeter, Gothenburg, Sweden said…

What we want – slow, shared, lively streets with lots of people on them. How we get it – supporting World Streets.

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Ian Downie, Lisbon, Portugal said…

As an interested citizen, World Streets is an excellent resource for keeping me informed of pertinent issues that are facing bike-sharing schemes globally and contributes to my agenda locally.

Ian Downie, Lisbon, Portugal

Estação de Bicicletas
Para Aumentar a Mobilidade Fisica e Social de Lisboa

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Gianni Rondinella, Madrid, Spain said…

World Streets is one of the best interactive platforms to envisioning the change the cities around the world needed to transform the transport sector. That change is needed in order to save the most valuable asset of our city: different people living together, having the possibility to interact in a random form, creating culture, knowledge and innovation together.

World Streets daily adds new elements to the vision of that new city, to those new streets, to those public living rooms we inhabit every day.

Gianni Rondinella, Madrid, Spain
Researcher at TRANSyT (Transport Research Centre) – Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

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Elizabeth Press said…

What a fantastic resource! This site proves great insight to all the sustainable transport and sustainable city innovations and discussions taking place around the world.

Thanks, Eric!

Elizabeth Press
filmmaker,, New York, New York

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Esther Anaya –Barcelona, Spain. said…

When I look at World Streets I wonder why it wasn’t done before, because it’s so obvious that we need an international platform like this!

My congratulations and sincere thanks to Eric, who makes possible this link of us, people from around the world, working for a better future of our streets, with the information and connections we need to make this goal more possible everyday.

Esther Anaya –Barcelona, Spain.

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Ken Ohrn, Vancouver, BC Canada said…

What a wonderful piece of issues-oriented writing! I admire you for the effort it takes to produce something as good, entertaining and useful as this.

Ken Ohrn, Vancouver, BC Canada

Saskia Hermans, Switzerland said…

World Streets is a source of inspiration, that shows us how much more is possible then we tend to think. It is so important to know we are not alone trying to make this world’s streets, towns and cities more liveable, and be able to learn from each, other worldwide!

Saskia Hermans, Switzerland
cycling and traffic engineer

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Dinesh Mohan, New Delhi India said…

A large number of people around the world are able to keep track of interesting moves because of World Streets. We need the solidarity and mutual backslapping even more to keep away the wolves.

Dinesh Mohan, New Delhi India
Professor and Coordinator, Transport Research and Injury Prevention Programme
WHO Collaborating Centre
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

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Gil Gilmore, USA said… is an excellent resource for anyone interested in non-fuelish transportation issues. It is useful as both a source of inspiration and useful analysis.

May this site continue to thrive in all ways. The planet needs it

Gil Gilmore, USA

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Elizabeth Deakin, Berkeley CA USA said…

I am a regular reader. I also pass along articles from the website to my graduate students. The work is of high quality and it puts us in touch with other researchers and practitioners in the field of sustainable development and transport.

It provides a much-needed service and cuts through the media overload to the essentials.

Elizabeth Deakin, Berkeley CA USA
Professor, UC Berkeley

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Andrew Curran, Vancouver Canada said…

At a time when the urban sustainability agenda is more important than ever, “World Streets” provides a much needed international platform for exchanging, discussing and disseminating cutting edge new mobility ideas.

Andrew Curran,
Vancouver Canada

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Wayne Worden, Vancouver Canada said…

I get World Streets in Google Reader. I always scan the material and more often than not I read the entire article.

Sustainable transportation is a very important topic for me and I appreciate the information I get from World Streets.

Wayne Worden, V
ancouver Canada

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Laurent Certin, Paris France said…

Thank you again Eric for all the work you are doing. I think this website is a great way to improve communication on alternatives for mobility. This is what is really needed today I think.

As a matter of fact, solutions exist and in general can be deployed without major technical issues. So I wish good luck and great success to all the ones who are participating and promoting theses initiatives.

Laurent Certin, Paris France

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Zvi Leve (Montreal, QC, Canada) said…

World Streets serves as a tireless promoter of the realistic application of ‘sustainable transportation’ schemes. The knowledge and creativity of the group are an inspiration for transport ‘reformers’ world-wide.

Now we just need to “get the word out”.

Zvi Leve, Montreal, Canada

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Giselle Noceti Ammon Xavier, Brazil said…

World Streets is a very useful tool for updating – about cycling initiatives and references…it also helps in keeping us with the good feeling of “there are lots of us” struggling to have better cities…”we are not alone”…

Giselle Noceti Ammon Xavier, Brazil

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Richard Layman said…

Too often people’s experiences with transportation issues are limited to their own locality. World Streets brings together people from Europe, Asia, North America, South America, and Africa, sharing perspectives, experiences, references, and ideas, to enlighten all.

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Rutul said…

World Streets has give me the most important exposure about ‘sustainable transport’ initiatives across the world. It is good to know that there are so many people from different corners of the world who believe in a different paradigm of urban development. I believe, there should be more contributions coming from the Asian cities and from the industrializing and urbanizing world. This also calls for commitment from lot of people like me to start sharing the transport issues emerging around.

Rutul Joshi,
Lecturer at School of Planning, CEPT University,
Ahmedabad, India.

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Morten Lange (Reykjavik, Iceland) said…

The Icelandic government recently published a report comparing the options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One of the top three contenders in terms of viability and economic gain (net gain, even when excluding external costs regarding global warming, pollution etc) was to increase cycling and walking.

WorldStreets contains many examples of how to achieve increases in these and other forms of healthier and greener transport in cities and towns.

Morten Lange, MSc
Chairman of Icelandic Cyclists’ Federation,
extra on the National Road safety board
Reykjavik, Iceland

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Michael Lewyn said…

World Streets is an almost encyclopedic source of information about how to make the world more comfortable for pedestrians and cyclists.

Prof. Michael Lewyn
Florida Coastal School of Law
Jacksonville, FL
Wednesday, 08 July, 2009

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Edward Beimborn, Milwaukee WI, USA said…

Keep up the good work, this is a useful resource, a global community for discussion of important issues

Edward Beimborn, Milwaukee WI, USA
Director, Center for Urban Transportation Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Robert Smith, Dorset UK said…

Without your support originally I have no doubt that the “walk to school” initiative would never have reached all corners of the globe as it clearly has. A little while ago we asked a mixed group of adults (aged 19 -99) how many of them had heard of the walk to school campaign. Everyone of them raised their hand. Not bad eh?

I just wish more people would raise their gas pedal foot a little more whilst driving.

Robert Smith, Dorset UK
Road Safety Manager (Education, Training and Publicity)
Environment Directorate
Dorset County Council

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Conrad Wagner, Switzerland said…
The World CarShare program of World Streets runs a platform to form high-tech local mobility solutions with globally recognized background.

There is always need to bring experts together with investors and operators. And cities bring in the framework to implement and develop.
So, all players in this field of mobility and the age of access have benefits of sharing via World Streets and World Carshare.

Conrad Wagner, Switzerland
Mobility consultant

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Dave Wetzel “Transforming Communities” London. UK. said…

World Streets provides valuable assistance to all those who want to keep up to date on affordable, effective, environmental and economic solutions to transport problems and should be an essential item in every transport planner’s toolbox.

Thank you Eric!

Dave Wetzel
“Transforming Communities”
London. UK.

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David Stein, Vienna Austria said…

I would like to thank Eric Britton for his initiatives with World Streets and calling into action those caring citizens across the Globe who care about mobility and understand that it is a critical indicator of social progress. As with other forms of modern technology, its implications have been little understood and effects, as a result, have largely been neglected and left to spiral out of control. Specifically, one should consider the effects on our built environment. Over the last century and a half, mobility has rearranged an organically created living space established through walking and horse travel to achieve our daily needs to a mushrooming realm shaped by the use of motorized transport to achieve those same basic needs.

Much of the world’s population living in developing countries have yet to experience the advances of motorization—which, is commonly accepted as a prerequisite for increasing wealth. However, when we look at various populations groups around the world, regardless of wealth or GDP, the amount of time people spend travelling has remained relatively constant. This means that while motorized transport has extended the limits of our living space, it has not reduced the need for travel but rather, increased our dependence on it. Meanwhile, its external effects are consuming a finite level of natural resources that we daily take for granted. If the majority of the Earths less wealthy inhabitants therefore wish to replicate what the majority of residents in the developed world are doing as a way to increase their welfare, the finite natural resources will become even more scarce and dwindle down drastically.

So what’s for us to do??

We need therefore to grasp better how mobility could be reintroduced to its most basic form–namely through walking and cycling and shared transport– and then rebuild our environment around these forms of transport that will reduce society’s impacts on the environment. A simple recipe this is not. Our start to undo what has been done could well be a hundred year project, but the ball needs to get rolling.

The start is through a proper forum that will network the people who, through professional means or through sheer interest, could see the light through the trees and communicate to the public that there could be a better tomorrow if we act now. One way is for each of us to make gradual changes to our own way of living and get others to join. When others join, then we become an interest group striving for change; when we strive for change we could get others to follow; When others follow, then we become a movement that picks up steam; Once we do this politicians will take notice–or at least be unable to ignore us. When enough politicians and policy makers take up the challenge, then our laws will hopefully change for the better and in return influence behavior for the better. Adopted behavior could then become an accepted norm that will attract those who had refused to change. Then a new paradigm for change takes shape and a new cycle continues…

I want to thank Eric for getting this ball rolling and encourage everyone to take part. To initiate change, we need to think globally and act locally. Through forums such as New Mobility Forum, the exchange of ideas have made it easier to facilitate action at the local level.

David Stein, Vienna Austria
Institute of Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering; Technical University of Vienna

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W. Dirk van Dijl, Hastings, E. Sussex UK said…

As climate change gathers momentum and in many areas gains acceptance as an actual problem, my business activities have taken me out of the realm of sustainable transport and back into what I might term normal, everyday transport. It turns out that this ‘real world’ has not changed much.

The love for fast cars with lots of toys is still there. The knowledge of alternatives is thin, trains are always late, full and dirty, buses are for passes and running is done in an air conditioned environment you drive to.

This has led to interesting conversations, so let me share the company car discussion. I have argued against company cars for many years, as I have found that by letting people drive personal cars for business they look at low fuel usage, they drive slower and they get smaller cars. But one of the companies I work with is looking at company cars and has ordered some Japanese pickup trucks with crew cabs. For the uninitiated these are pickup trucks with four doors and five seats, so really a car with a wheel barrow on the back.

These vehicles come with leather, sat nav, big engines, automatics, big on fuel and road space usage. However, they offer one big advantage – they are considered commercial vehicles so there is no tax on them. Now how can I argue against that?

Against that same background governments are bailing out the car manufacturers whilst thousands of other businesses are failing all around us, they are incentivising people to buy new cars (which will be used more as they are comfortable and reliable) and they are giving tax benefits to driving fuel guzzlers. Governments also back the bicycle sharing clubs – give me an example of a success here – they get involved with the car sharing clubs – give me an example of a real business success here – they encourage people to use public transport – even I cannot afford to travel by train in the UK anymore in many cases and I try hard.

The challenge is to make the alternative to the flash car as exciting and enticing as the flash car was. Simply saying it is good for the environment may catch on, but probably not before the sea levels have risen several inches.

World Streets needs to catch on before my feet get wet.

W. Dirk van Dijl
Hastings, E. Sussex UK

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You can do it simply by posting your remarks and counsel just below here using the Comment link.

Thank you.

Eric Britton,
Editor, World Streets.