Tread softy because you tread on their lives.

Rikshawala from Kathmandu, Nepal:  तैयारी  जीवन  बचाउँछ  (“Preparedness saves lives”)

What you are looking at here is nothing less than a lesson in: (1) Mobility (2) Affordability. (3) Zero carbon (4) Clean. (5) Quiet, (6) Space-efficient. (7) A job. (8) Income. (9) Family. And (10) A life.

Do they come without their own passel of problems? Yes, they certainly can and sometimes the list can be a long one. But they also can be addressed and unwound one by one, complaint by complaint, problem by problem, a shift here, a nudge there, a bit of solidarity over there, and we can then make them into part of the solution.

A cautionary note to planners and politicians in a hurry who would drive them out of the city for what they believe to be excellent reasons, mainly making private motorised traffic for the few faster.  But there are people and lives there.

This from William Butler Yeats for those earnest souls to chew on:

Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths . . .
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

* Planners, politicians . . . 

Tread softly, because you tread on their lives.

# #  #

From the New Mobility Fine Arts Collection at

Informal shared collection featuring donated, borrowed and nicked (with thanks) drawings, renderings, photos, graffiti, streetart, cartoons, videos, films, flashmobs, happenings, Haiku, songs, poems, jokes, bed-time stories, story telling and oratory. .

• To view the full Collection, click here (use arrows to scroll) –

# # #

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

View complete profile


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s