“Every day is a great day to take a few cars off the street and think about it”

Who, where in the world is looking at World Car Free Days this morning at http://ecoplan.org/carfreedays/ ?

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(Last 200 visitors to the site)

Most activity by country over last month.

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From WCFD update introduction of 9 May 2014.

Dear Reader,

Please note that this WCFD website is part of a greater whole, and largely that what you find here traces back to a time when this website served as the “Journal of Record” of EcoPlan’s long-lived World Car Free Days project, which first got underway in 1994 and continues to this day. The site is semi-conveniently divided into two parts, as follows:

Historic: The greater part of the substantial reference materials contained here are activated by the left-hand menu essentially cover the period 1994 through 2009, at which time the role of journal of reference moved over to World Streets at https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/. However, even if these contents are today “out of date” the fact is that there is extensive material here that will interest researchers and anyone who is trying to better understand the history and evolution of the Car Free Day movement since it’s launching in 1994 in Toledo Spain. The complete story on this first decade-plus will be found in these pages.

Current: For the most recent material, a good starting place is the top menu just above which has just been updated to reflect current developments and the state of the art of Car Free Day planning and implementation as per 2014. For a summary on a single page of the main current references and sources, we can point you to A Bit More on Car Free Days Planning and Implementation at https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/2014/05/08/a-bit-more-on-car-free-days/.

As you will see there are basically two kinds of car free days: events and strategies. Until now the former have massively dominated the field. That is not all bad since with a bit of luck and careful preparation the events are at best good fun and can give satisfaction to all concerned. And sometimes bit by bit they can start to take hold and encourage all involved to start to think in more strategic terms. Because from the beginning that was the intended job of the CFD: to, step by small step, lay the base for a better, fairer and more efficient mobility system for the city, and a better future for all.

What next? If you want to see a real-world example of how a CFD can be turned from a simple event in your city into a working medium-term strategy, we invite you to check out Taipei City Car Free Day Strategy.

And now if you wish to access the main body of the historic materials contained in the site, we invite you to click the START HERE link on the menu just to your left

Now off we go. Let’s get some of those cars off our streets.

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korea busan traffic

Another car full day in Busan (and surely in your city)

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Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Francis Eric Knight Britton is an American political scientist and sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. 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 and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest book, "Better choices" focuses on the subject of environment, equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions . * Current information: @ericbritton * More at: http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7

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