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.

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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. .

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About the editor:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Trained as a development economist, Eric Britton is a public entrepreneur specializing in the field of sustainability and social justice. 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 work focuses on the subject of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions -- and in the process, find practical solutions to urgent climate, mobility, life quality and job creation issues. More at:

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