Op-Ed. On Motorized Two-Wheelers in Taiwan (and cities around the world)

World Streets has for some years now  pushed hard for the idea of an integrated strategic planning approach and operations plan for the better, safer use of motorized two wheelers in and around cities. This has largely been an uphill struggle.  Not to claim that there have not been innovations and improvements here and there. But […]

To fix Sustainable Transport: Ensure Full Gender Parity in all Planning, Decision and Investment Fora (QED)

. So what better occasion for World Streets to announce publicly, loudly and yet once again our firm belief that the most important single thing that our society, our nations and our cities could do […]

Archives: Bremen Declaration on Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning in Europe

An excellent summary reminder of what a sustainable transport master plan is all about. Sadly in the real world of politics and lobbies, we will hear and read many of these words, lightly said, but the real challenges behind each of these short points are all too rarely understood and respected.  It is the job […]

Vision: Some first reflections on what is, what can be a “Soft City”.

To create a city that works for all, we need to have a vision. Policy without vision is like driving blind-folded. In this short posting we would like to explore the vision of a Soft City.  You will have your own ideas on this but here are ours.  And of course your comments and suggestions […]

The Soft City 2020 Collaborative – An Introduction

The Soft City 2020 Collaborative is a joint venture launched in late 2016 by Luud Schimmelpennink (The Netherlands)) and Eric Britton (France/USA) as an open public interest forum building on their extensive international competence, experience and networks in the broad area of ecological, environmental and social innovation to improve quality of life in and around […]

Soft techniques in martial arts (and good governance)

An important element of our Better Choices sustainability  strategy is to achieve our carefully-considered objectives for the city, often very demanding, without avoidable social conflicts and divisions into opposing camps.  For that we need to be attentive to soft policy techniques. Softness is often confused with weakness. But not in the martial arts. The goal of […]

Africa Streets Researchers Toolkit (Ver. 1.0)

Welcome to the Africa Streets 2017 Toolbox (Ver. 1.0): a cross-section of handy one click references and tools which are intended to be useful for anyone who wishes to dig into the facts, the problems and the realities of the events and choices which concern us here. At this point we shall not attempt to […]

Transport as an Issue for Women in the Pacific

Many of the key gender issues relating to the transport sector in the Pacific region – different travel needs of women from those of men, safety requirements, access to economic opportunities – are the same experienced by women across the world. Contexts may differ from that of Pacific Island nations beset by geographical, as well […]

Victoria Transport Policy Institute. Spring 2017 Newsletter

This carefully compiled seasonal report from Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute is a fine tool and up to date source guide for researchers and policy makers worldwide. We are pleased to present it in its entirety here, together with references you will find handy to take these entries further.

(Program change) WOMEN, TRANSPORT AND LEADERSHIP: Seizing the Lead . . . Not Waiting for Permission

Program Name Change: The full name of this international collaborative program has today been changed to “Women, Transport and Leadership: Seizing the Lead, Not Waiting for Permission”. For short, just “Women, Transport and Leadership” (or WTL) Why?

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.

AFRICA STREETS 2017: LETTER OF INVITATION. 

AFRICA STREETS: Stories of New Mobility Projects in Africa: Successes, Failures and Work in Progress * * *  In this first week we have thus far heard from colleagues in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Zambia, though at this point these are just exploratory conversations. We hope to have at least ten telling and varied stories, […]

Archives: Homage to Hans Monderman

Unexpected interview in Groningen (On the street and straight to the point) 1 min 20 sec – May 30, 2006 Description: What? You know all about transport in cities and you have never heard of Groningen? Well, check out this an unexpected street interview in Groningen, a slice of life as lived by our old friend […]

AFRICA STREETS: First sources

Initial sources of information on this collaborative project 7 April  2017. Letter of Invitation: http://wp.me/psKUY-4SC World Streets on Africa : https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/tag/africa/ World Transport Policy & Practice – on Africa – https://goo.gl/BBFe8a Facebook team page at https://www.facebook.com/AfricaStreets Gatnet: Gender and Transport in the developing world – https://dgroups.org/worldbank/gatnet/ Twitter – https://twitter.com/worldstreets And this is only the beginning.

STORIES OF NEW MOBILITY INITIATIVES IN AFRICA : Successes, Failures and Work in Progress

Dear African friends and colleagues, I’m in the process of trying to gather my thoughts on a book bringing together a collection of lively real world stories of attempted new mobility — what I like to think of as “pattern break”) – projects that have been carried out in cities and areas in a dozen […]

Campaign Help Wanted: Nobel Peace Prize nomination

Dear friends, I am in the process of preparing a formal nomination of our most creative Dutch colleague, Luud Schimmelpennink, for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition  of his outstanding and unique on-the-street contributions over the last half century, showing the way to sustainable transport, sustainable cities and sustainable lives. You will find a series of […]