Checklist of key terms, concepts and references for managing the climate/new mobility transition  (1 June 2019. Text to follow here.)

ACTIVE TRANSPORT: * Bicycles * Bike/Transit Integration * Public Bicycle Systems * Telecommuting * Telework * Walk to School * Walking

ECONOMIC INSTRUMENTS: * Road pricing. * Congestion charges  * Tolls  * ERP – Electronic Road Pricing

FREIGHT/GOODS DISTRIBUTION: * Consolidation centers * Combined delivery * Distribution schemes * Small vehicle delivery * Truck bans * Van/truck sharing

INFRASTRUCTURE: * Cycle adaptations * Enforcement * HOV Strategies * Pedestrianization * Road Architecture * Road diets. * Road pricing * SOV Strategies * Street Codes * Street Reclaiming * Transit Priorities * Universal design * Vehicle Use Restrictions * TSM

LAND USE: * Car Free Planning * Mixed Use * New Mobility HUBs * Public spaces * Tax policy * TOD * Value Capture

NEWMOB xCARS: * Carpooling * Carsharing * Car diets * Car rental * Ownership Patterns * Parking strategies * Use patterns  * xCars

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: * Bus Rapid Transit * Buses * Community Bus * Free Public Transport * Integrated Fare Systems * Light rail * Small Bus Systems * Transit integration

SHARE TRANSPORT: * Bike-sharing * Car-sharing * Ride Sharing * Taxi-sharing * Space-sharing * Digital Hitchhiking * Hitchhiking, * Jitney * Paratransit * Shuttle Services * Slugging * Vanpooling

TDM: * Congestion * Flexible Working * Flextime * Road Diets * Speed Reductions * Traffic Calming

TRAVEL MINIMIZATION * (Detail forthcoming)

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And then with a little help from Wikipedia:

Edited Wikipedia Checklist of Key Terms, Concepts and References for Climate/New Mobility Transition

Intended as a handy research aid, checklist and reminder for students, researchers and others digging into the Slow City and related technical and policy challenges. A certain familiarity with these concepts is desirable; more than that I would say essential.

It is particularly important that those responsible for planning and policy be comfortable with these concepts. Anyone prepared to work in the field will already have familiarity with, say,  9 out of 10 of the concepts identified here.  It concerns the stuff of sustainable transport, sustainable mobility and sustainable cities.  (I would draw your attention particularly to those entries that are marked with two  asterisks * * which touch on some of the more subtle and essential components of a sustainable transport policy.)

From the beginning in the late eighties the New Mobility Agenda was conceived as a shared space for communications and didactic tools zeroing in on our chosen topic from a number of angles,  and over the last elvenyears World Streets has  continued in this tradition. I hope that what follows may be useful to some of you.  As you will see, I think it is an important and powerful tool — which those of us who care can help shape and put to work for the good cause.


The listing is of course not complete, but it does give us a good start. for, let us  say, minimum competence in this challenging field.

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How much can you trust Wikipedia  and what you can do about it

[ Following execrpts  from Jamie Bartlett’s “How much should we trust Wikipedia?” 

“By any measure, Wikipedia is truly remarkable. It’s the first real wonder of the digital age. Far larger than any other body of collected knowledge (almost five million English language articles and counting), it’s also free, and thanks to a large community of active editors and clever ways to resolve disagreements between them, usually accurate. . . .

” Not always. First, things aren’t always what they seem online. For example, several major companies have been fined for manipulating or faking reviews of their own products. . . Then there are people . . . who “deface” pages with made-up stories. Wikipedia’s editors aren’t exactly a cross section of society either: only 10 per cent of its editors are women – and many “Wikipedians” as they call themselves, are worried by what this might mean for what’s produced.

” Despite the difficulties, on the whole, Wikipedia works remarkably well. In a famous study conducted by the journal Nature it was found to be roughly as accurate as the mighty Encyclopedia Britannica, painstakingly written by the world’s experts. Facts and memory is what wins you University Challenge – and for its range and volume of facts, Wikipedia is peerless.

“But it works less well for encouraging independent thinking, for forming opinions, for critical thoughts, for judgment – for knowing how to learn or how to evaluate information. We’re herding animals: we tend to trust something because everyone else does – and often in life that’s no good at all. Wikipedia works well enough to help you win University Challenge. But for the rest, I’d still prefer a book.”

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About the editor:

Eric Britton
13, rue Pasteur. Courbevoie 92400 France

Bio: Founding editor of World Streets (1988), Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher, occasional consultant, and sustainability activist who has observed, learned, taught and worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. In the autumn of 2019, he committed his remaining life work to the challenges of aggressively countering climate change and specifically greenhouse gas emissions emanating from the mobility sector. He is not worried about running out of work. Further background and updates: @ericbritton | | #fekbritton | | and | Contact: | +336 508 80787 (Also WhatApp) | Skype: newmobility.)

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