A COMPENDIUM OF ONE HUNDRED BETTER, FASTER, CHEAPER MEASURES YOUR CITY COULD START TO IMPLEMENT TOMORROW MORNING TO SAVE THE PLANET . . . cut GHG emissions, get people to work on time, reduce traffic accidents, save lives, clear the air, improve health, strengthen the economy, create a sense of community and improve accessibility, mobility and quality of life for all.

FB eric escooter traffic eifel towerWe often hear that sustainable transportation reform  is going to require massive public investments, large construction projects, elaborate technology deployments, and above all and by their very nature are going to take a long time before yielding significant results. This is quite simply not true. This approach, common in the last century and often associated with the “American transportation model”, no longer has its place in a competitive, efficient, democratic city  And we can start tomorrow, if we chose to.

To get a feel for this transformative learning reality let’s start with a quick look at a first lot of ideas for Slow Street Architecture as a major means for reducing traffic related nuisances, accident prevention and improving quality of life for all.  These approaches are not just “nice ideas”.  They have proven their merit and effectiveness in hundreds of cities around the world. There is no good reason that they cannot do the same in your city. Starting tomorrow morning.

(For further background on external sources feeding this listing, see Sources and Clues section below.)

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World Streets launches 2020 Collaborative Network Initiative Climate/Cities/Mobility/Space/Equity/Vision/Strategy/Action/Plan

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– – – – – –  > Working draft of 11 Dec. 2019 (needs thorough rewriting)

WORLD STREETS is betting its future on the coming immediate-term transition period led by certain ambitious, responsible cities, nations, organizations and citizens in different parts of the world to come together to break the downward pattern of ever-increasing climate stress — and before the challenge to plan and execute highly aggressive near-term initiatives aimed at sharply cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the mobility sector. And doing all this while working with proven tools, policies and strategies that harness cost-effective, readily available, measures, technologies, operational and management competence. And our job is to support them as best we can.

    • You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. – Buckminster Fuller

THE 2020 FIVE PERCENT CLIMATE/MOBILITY CHALLENGE:

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Archives: Reykjavík Mobility Parade On Car-Free Day

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Article by Ms. appearing in the Reykjavik Grapevine of Sept 19, 2019.  The article is presented here below, and followed by historical background information and context on the Car Free Days phenomenon in which the city of Reykjavik and Iceland turned out to play a key  historic role.

September 19, 2019, Reykjavik

To celebrate the annual Car-Free Day in Iceland, some of the main roads will be closed in the Reykjavík city centre this Sunday, September 22nd. The Reykjavík Mobility Parade will start at 13:00 and move through Miklubraut and Hringbraut to Lækjartorg, where festivities will take place.

Starting in 1996, the Car-Free movement has a long history in Iceland. The idea originated from the Accessible Cities Conference held in Spain two years prior to Iceland’s first festivity and the event has significantly grown in size since. Its main objectives are to promote public transport, bikes and walking and give people a chance to reflect on motorisation and how traffic can be improved in cities.

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TDM – A World Streets Primer

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Since TDM (Transportation Demand Management) is a key pillar of the New Mobility Agenda strategy, and of our now forming-up Five Percent Challenge Climate Emergency program, it is important that the basic distinctions are clear for all.  In one of our recent master classes, when several students asked me to clarify for them, I turned the tables instead and asked them, since we are now firmly in the 21st century, to go home, spend a bit of time online and come up with something that answered their question to their satisfaction.  Here is what they came up with, taken whole hog from http://bit.ly/2rTxHrr (which we then lightly edited together and offer for your reading pleasure).

Quick-start references:

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The World Climate Emergency is a man’s job (Apparently)

Ladies and independent thinkers:  Do  you notice anything in particular in the following.  sequence of images of a hugely important challenge for the planet, or at least the species. Let’s say, some kind of pattern as you move from scene to scene? Or, better yet, some kind of weird, insistant, let’s go so far as to say sick pattern?

The following set of a handful of images offers a pretty fair overview of the so-called ‘manning table’ for this particular mission, i.e., saving the planet.  

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WORTHY MOUSE FAMILY TRAGICALLY LOSES HOME: SLEEPS IN CAR

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– – – – – – – – > by Eric the Crow, Reportng for World Streets, from Reykjavik Iceland

eric crow stop the road 2019Someone a lot wiser than me, once told me many years ago: when you are facing a really difficult problem, why don’t you see if you can step back a few paces and put it in a form that you can discuss with children and hear what they may have to say.
I recalled this in the early nineties when in the face of the many mind-bending complications of sustainability and mobility — such as we are facing here today — I decided to write a Haiku which gradually expanded from seventeen syllabes into a wandering draft scenario for a children’s story on the topic, which eventually became, with the great shaping inputs of two of my friends (Wolfgang Zuckermann for the words, and Roget Tweet for the music (artwork) ).  After much thrashing around we decided to call it  Family Mouse behind the Wheel (Wolfgang’s candidate).

Want to check it out?

To read this tragedi-environmental tale with backstrory all you have to do is click here – – > https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/2016/05/11/family-mouse-behind-the-wheel/

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Hello Eric,
 
It seems clear that climate is causing much of the migration from Central America into Mexico and then into the United States in recent years.
 
Climate is also responsible for temperature rise in the Sonoran desert, especially impacting the USA southern border state of Arizona and Mexican northern border states of Baja California and Sonora.
 
Children with disability, and children who become disabled by the trauma of migration, are thus impacted, with their lives disrupted and school attendance disrupted or eliminated. See graphs below, but these thoughts are just thrown together and need more careful wording, especially as to issues around walking and/or riding to school by children and youth with disabilities, which is a concern we are working on through a report on USA & Mexico border state school transportation issues.
 
Tom

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2020 MASTER CLASS CHECKLIST: 240 Climate/Mobility Tools, Measures, Considerations, etc., for a Sustainable City

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Tools and concepts we will do well to be familiar with. (Among others.)

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  1. 2020 city strategies 
  2. 30 kph zones 
  3. 50 kph zones (etc.)
  4. Active travel directions 
  5. Activity nodes/clustering 
  6. Alternating odd/even license plates 
  7. Alternative engines 
  8. Alternative fuels 
  9. Award & prize programs 
  10. Barriers to change 
  11. Behavior Change 
  12. Bicycle university 
  13. Bike and skate “masses” 
  14. Bike and Walk Summit 
  15. Bike delivery services 
  16. Bike/transit interface 
  17. Bus corridors and lanes 
  18. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) 
  19. Car Clubs 
  20. Car control strategies 
  21. Car exit strategies 
  22. Car Free Days 
  23. Car pools 
  24. Car Restricted Zones 
  25. Carfree Cities 
  26. Carfree housing 
  27. Car-like mobility (implications) 
  28. Car rental 
  29. Carsharing 
  30. Change Management 
  31. Children’s and school programs 
  32. Citizen activism and dialogue 
  33. City cycle programs (shared use) 
  34. Clean vehicles and fuels 
  35. Clear Zones 
  36. Co-housing 
  37. Community Street Audit 
  38. Community Transportation 
  39. Commuting alternatives 
  40. Company mobility management 
  41. Congestion charging 
  42. Contingency Planning 
  43. Critical Mass 
  44. CURBBBB 
  45. Cycle paths and lanes 
  46. Cycle parking 
  47. Cycling access and support 
  48. Delivering the goods 
  49. Delivery hours 
  50. Demand management 
  51. Demand-responsive transport (DRT) 
  52. Distance work 
  53. Downtown revitalization support 
  54. Driver license exit strategies 
  55. Driver training 
  56. Dynamic transit systems 
  57. Economic instruments 
  58. Electric or ecological vehicles (??) 
  59. Employer transport programs 
  60. Ethics vs. rules on the street 
  61. EV charge stations 
  62. e-Work 
  63. Fair Transport labeling 
  64. Flexible hours 
  65. Flextime 
  66. Free public cycles 
  67. Free public transport 
  68. Freight bicycle 
  69. Freight transport 
  70. Freight consolidation zones 
  71. Funding sustainable transport 
  72. Goods delivery innovation 
  73. Goods movement and delivery 
  74. Green maps 
  75. Green modes 
  76. Green streets 
  77. Green wave 
  78. Group taxis 
  79. Handicapped transport 
  80. Health and Fitness 
  81. Hitch-hiking (Organized and other) 
  82. Home delivery services 
  83. Home zones 
  84. HOV strategies 
  85. Human powered transport 
  86. Inclusive transport 
  87. Innovations in Integrated Transport and Land-use Planning 
  88. Intercept parking 
  89. Integrated ticketing 
  90. Intermodality 
  91. International institutions (how to use) 
  92. International peer support 
  93. Jitneys 
  94. Land use/New Mobility interfaces 
  95. Land value tax 
  96. Lane Diets 
  97. Leading by Example 
  98. Living streets 
  99. Loading and uploading 
  100. Local Agenda 21 
  101. Locational efficiency 
  102. Lost/distressed children measures 
  103. Low car diet 
  104. Low-occupancy vehicle (LOV) strategies 
  105. Low speed projects 
  106. M2W controls 
  107. Media, film, audio, webcasting 
  108. Metros and New Mobility 
  109. Minibus 
  110. Mixed-use development 
  111. Mobil telephony interface 
  112. Mobility centers 
  113. Mobility management/centers 
  114. Mondermans 
  115. Motorized two-wheelers 
  116. Movement substitutes 
  117. Multifunctional areas 
  118. Multi-Modal Access Guides 
  119. Neighborhood initiatives 
  120. Neighborhood streets 
  121. New Mobility “Star” program (NMA strategies for small towns) 
  122. New Mobility strategies 
  123. New Urbanism: Clustered, Mixed-Use, Multi-Modal Neighborhood Design 
  124. Noise reduction measures 
  125. Non-motorized transport 
  126. NOT going there (the options) 
  127. Obesity strategies 
  128. Obesity/Mobility Summit 
  129. Odd/even entry schemes 
  130. On-line skating 
  131. Paid Parking 
  132. Paratransit 
  133. Park + Ride 
  134. Parking management 
  135. Parking strategies 
  136. Pedestrian- friendly streets and roads 
  137. Pedestrianization 
  138. Pedicabs 
  139. Pico y placa 
  140. Play streets 
  141. Pots and paint 
  142. Private sector initiatives 
  143. Propinquity (as policy) 
  144. Public Awareness 
  145. Public participation 
  146. Public spaces projects 
  147. Public transport should be free 
  148. Public/private partnerships 
  149. Rail transit (where it fits in) 
  150. Real time travel information 
  151. Reduce traffic controls/signals 
  152. Residential parking 
  153. Reverse commuting 
  154. Rickshaws 
  155. Ride-sharing 
  156. Road diets (lane narrowing) 
  157. Road pricing 
  158. Road safety (radical enforcement) 
  159. Scan, select, quantify, target 
  160. Segregated cycle facilities 
  161. Selling your message to the community 
  162. Senior/Non-driver Local Summit 
  163. Shared taxis 
  164. Shared space 
  165. Shared transport 
  166. Simulations and visual scenarios 
  167. Slow streets 
  168. Slow zones 
  169. Slugging 
  170. Smart Congestion Relief 
  171. Smart cards 
  172. Smart growth 
  173. Smart parking strategies 
  174. Soft transport measures 
  175. South/North transfers 
  176. SOV measures 
  177. Speed control measures 
  178. Speed reduction 
  179. “Strategies for the screamers” 
  180. Street as a place of work 
  181. Street furniture 
  182. Street life 
  183. Street obstacles 
  184. Street people 
  185. Street strategies 
  186. Street venders and commerce 
  187. Suburban solutions 
  188. Sustainable mobility strategies 
  189. Task Force (local) creation 
  190. Taxi innovations 
  191. TDM – Transportation Demand Management 
  192. Telecommuting 
  193. Teledilivery 
  194. Telework 
  195. Ten Point Pedaling Action Program 
  196. Ten thousand steps 
  197. The Mayors’ Game 
  198. “They are supposed to scream” 
  199. Ticketless Public Transport 
  200. TOD – Transit-Oriented Development 
  201. Tolls Then thousand steps +
  202. Traffic calming 
  203. Traffic control/management center 
  204. Traffic restraint 
  205. Transit shelters 
  206. Transit/signal priority 
  207. Transit stations and interfaces 
  208. Transit strike planning 
  209. Transportation brokerage 
  210. Travel information systems 
  211. Travel plans 
  212. Travelchoice 
  213. Trishaw Cycles 
  214. Unified access and ticketing 
  215. Unified fare cards 
  216. University, campus transport strategies 
  217. Urban boulevards 
  218. Urban distribution center 
  219. Urban regeneration 
  220. User participation 
  221. Utility cycling 
  222. Value capture 
  223. Vanpool 
  224. Vehicle Buy Back Program 
  225. Vehicle scrappage programs 
  226. Video diaries/open blog 
  227. Vision Zero (Sweden, road safety) 
  228. Walk to school 
  229. Walkability audit 
  230. Walkability index 
  231. Walkable communities 
  232. Walking as transport 
  233. Walking school bus 
  234. Web sites to support New Mobility projects/program 
  235. WitKar 
  236. Women, Equity and Transport 
  237. Woonerfs (Woonerven) 
  238. xTransit (The Third Way) 
  239. Zero carbon projects 
  240. Zero Tolerance