Top Twenty World Streets Postings in 2012

While you are away from the office and the pressures to stay on ws-newsstand-smallfocus, here for your holiday reading pleasure are the twenty most read articles to appear in World Streets over 2012.  Quite a varied lot, and when your editor reads them he generally prefers to do so not at a desk but seated comfortably with a tablet or largish window smartphone in hand to take advantage of those unstructured unexpected free moments that can pop up in any day. After all, World Streets is for the reflective back of your mind, not the whirring front.

  1. Why Free Public Transport is perhaps a bad idea
  2. Going down? Newman and Kenworthy on Peak Car Use
  3. Honk! City of the Future? (Have a stupid weekend)
  4. European City Modal Split Database: An invitation
  5. Sempé: A Short History of Social Mobility
  6. Carlos Pardo: On Slow(er) transport?
  7. The Invisible Cyclist: Transportation Justice
  8. What are the top 3 things Paris has done in the last 10 years to deliver a genuinely sustainable transport system?”
  9. John Pucher reports on “City Cycling”
  10. What do you think the mayor is thinking about when you walk through the door this morning to talk to her about that very important transport issue?
  11. Public Bikesharing in North America
  12. Book report: Sustainable Transportation Planning
  13. Why are we losing the war on sustainable transport, sustainable cities and sustainable lives?
  14. International Advisory Council on Sustainable Transportation
  15. No Parking, No Business 3: Walking and cycling perspectives
  16. Does anybody notice anything weird going on here?
  17. No Parking, No Business 1: What if the other guy actually has a point?
  18. 2013 Work Program Highlights
  19. Life and Death of Urban Highways: New Report from Embarq
  20. Oops! What is happening to the American Dream? Are cars on the way out?

Let me avoid commenting on this,other than to say that the thinkpeice on Free Public Transport turned out, to my surprise, to be far and away the most read and commented posting of the year.

You may note that each of those titles is hotlinked so you can click to which ever of them you may have missed or might like to visit again.


And just in case you might like to push a bit further, for the record we list here as well the second twenty most read, ending with Enrique Penalosa’s memorable comment on policy making in a city and with specific reference to drivers who are not getting the free ride from which they have so largely profited over that long ago twentieth century: They are supposed to scream.

  1. International Advisory Council on Sustainable Transportation
  2. Why cycle rickshaws should be driven from the street. (And what it means for mobility, environment, equity and the wellbeing of hundreds of thousands of hard working people and their families)
  3. Op-Ed: Toward More Prosperous Cities
  4. UK High Speed Rail: Going very fast in the wrong direction
  5. Tragedy of the Commons: The car as enclosure
  6. No parking, no business 2: What happens in the store.
  7. Krugman on Keynes: No time to duck
  8. Learning from Lyon: Free Public Transport that really works
  9. World Transport Policy & Practice – Vol. 18, No. 4
  10. Groningen: The quiet example
  11. Do It Like The Dutch & Danes: Guide To Becoming A Bike Friendly Mecca
  12. What is the right price for Free Public Transport?
  13. Locked in Suburbia: Is there life after Autopia?
  14. Man and car: Who is driving whom this morning?
  15. Defining principles: Remembering Mrs. Jacobs
  16. World Transport Policy & Practice – Vol. 18, No. 1
  17. Brief: Cycling is the ‘Cinderella’ form of transport for the EU money men
  18. Equity-based Educational Reform in Finland
  19. Importance of Gender Parity in Transport Planning and Policy
  20. “They are supposed to scream”

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About the editor:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Educated as an international development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and sustainability activist who has worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change, civil society and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities | See Britton online at and @ericbritton

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