What do the 4,448 readers (today) turn to when they check into Word Streets in the morning? It never fails to surprise us. The variety of choice is enormous, and it often happens that articles which we consider minor if still interesting suddenly take off, because it turns out that our readers make up their own minds for their own reasons. Take the most read posting over the last half-dozen years for example — Why Free Public Transport is perhaps a bad idea. We thought it was an interesting and timely topic, but never suspected the depth of interest and that in time it would attract more than ten thousand readers. And what is more continue to show up on the most read list day after day.
In any event once a year we sit down and review the most popular articles going all the way back to the first one published in March 2009, and share the top contenders with our readers and anyone who might be curious about what sort of thing shows up here. In this spirit you will find below the most consulted articles of more than 1,720 that have appeared in these pages. These are the issues that our 4,455 readers in 149 countries on all continents show they care about.
To get a yet more compete idea of what our readers care about, take a tour of the World Streets Online Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WorldStreetsOnline/, where at present some 1,011 readers have signed in to follow the flow there.
Now let’s have a look at the Top Twenty:
*. Please note, all these links are clickable and will take you to another window.
Most read World Streets postings since 2009
- Why Free Public Transport is perhaps a bad idea
- Going down? Newman and Kenworthy on Peak Car Use
- To fix Sustainable Transport: Ensure Full Gender Parity in all Decision and Investment Fora (QED)
- Paris to limit speeds to 30 km/hr over entire city
- Honk! City of the Future? (Have a stupid weekend)
- A “Better than Car” Mobility System
- Sustainable Transport and the Importance of Pattern Recognition
- Is World Streets doing its job? (We asked 100 international experts for their views.)
- Go Lillestrøm! Pedestrians and cyclists receive “reverse toll money” in Norway
- The Three Worlds of Cycling
- Energy and Equity – Ivan Illich.
- Car Free Days: Thursday: A breakthrough strategy for reducing car dependence in cities
- Happiness: The Transformative Role of Sustainable Transport
- UK High Speed Rail: Going very fast in the wrong direction
- World Streets International Advisory Council
- Cycling as the catalyst for more human and sustainable transport
- About the editor: Eric Britton
- Toward a new paradigm for transport in cities: Let’s see what Carlos Pardo has to say
- Penang Institute comments the Penang Transport Master Plan
- Car Free Days I: Origins Timeline Progress
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And just behind them:
- What can we learn from the murderous attack on cyclists in Porto Alegre on Friday?
- Poynton Regenerated: A transformative Shared Space project
- Carsharing on the rise in the Netherlands (Act 1)
- The New Mobility Agenda gets a hearing in Barcelona with a “Come argue with me” session
- World Streets Mission Statement
- The P2P carsharing saga continues: The WhipCar story
- Locked in Suburbia: Is there life after Autopia?
- How the Dutch failed to destroy their cities (Act 1)
- 233 Years of History of the Bicycle
- Tragedy of the Commons: The car as enclosure
- Bicycling to Solve Traffic Congestion in Penang
- Carsharing in Germany: 2014 Perspectives
- Autolib’ – Paris bets big on new carshare technology
- Transit-Oriented Development – Tokyo-style
- Start Here: Getting around
- Delhi Metro – A Transport Planner’s Perspective
- The Mayor of Paris invites you to leave your car in the garage
- WhipCar closes down P 2P carsharing operation in Britain. What does it mean?
- Weekend musing: The bicycle helmet rears its ugly head
- Let’s have a look at the Copenhagenize Index for Bicycle Friendly Cities
- Zero Fare Public Transport in Tallinn shows a way
- They’re Back Again: The World Naked Bike Ride
- Hangzhou – View from the saddle of one of China’s most liveable cities.
- Sustainable transport in Delhi and Stockholm
- Short report on carsharing in Amsterdam (From Going Dutch/Carshare Strategies project)
- Honk! “Straddling” Bus? (Have a stupid weekend)
- Electric Cars: Time to level the playing field
- North American Carsharing Trends:
- What is an Equity-Based Transport System?
- When English is not enough?
- Weekend reading: How do the Dutch get out of a car?
- Op-Ed: Toward More Prosperous Cities
- Bike-Sharing: State of the European Union report
- Remembering Donald Appleyard
- At Any Cost? The hidden costs of charging for public transport
- Towards Carfree Cities X: What happened in Guadalajara?
- Ten reasons why I really hate bicycles (and cyclists) in cities.
- Public transport riders wide open to infection by parasites and viruses
- The Mobility Complex: John Whitelegg lights a fire.
- The Walkmobile approach to understanding transport
- Welcome to World Streets Worst Practices Department
- Seize the moment: A “Street Code” for Porto Alegre
- Car Crazy: Lee Schipper on the Perils of Asia’s Hyper-Motorization
- Saudi women can now legally bike in public (under certain conditions)
- Corbusier-Free Cities
- Kaohsiung Papers: Will Carsharing Work in China?
- On the road with one of Cairo’s first female taxi drivers
- 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)
- Bodhisattva in the metro
- In homage to Lee Schipper
- Dead End in Brazil? Interview with O Globo Brazil.
- Helsinki: Toward a “Better than car” transportation system
- World City Modal Split Database: An invitation
- John Pucher reports on “City Cycling”
- Editorial: Do monorail projects deserve fair treatment? Part I: Building knowledge and consensus via the internet
- America’s Amsterdam? – Work in progress on the bike front in the Home of the Brave
- Bike sharing project at Makerere University Kampala Uganda
- Dutch cycle infrastructure quality drives one cyclist crazy
- Sustainable Transport and the Importance of Pattern Recognition
- European City Modal Split Database: An invitation
- Sempé: A Short History of Social Mobility
- PRT proposal for Delhi convinces the Chief Minister (But does it convince you? See poll results)
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About the editor:
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Bio: 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: Bringing Sustainable Transport to Your City" focuses on the subject of environment, equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions. A pre-publication edition of Better Choices is currently undergoing an international peer review during Sept.- Oct. 2017, with the goal of publication in English and Chinese editions by end-year. If you wish to participate drop a line to BetterChoices@ecoplan.org .