CHECK OUT SELECTED CAR FREE DAY VIDEOS/WORLD-WIDE.

Looking for ideas,inspiration for your 2015 Car Free Day? Check out the pretty extensive World Streets video collection at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R3tLUZO8_8&list=PL2120657BD0B30397 – more than forty cities in more than 20 countries on all continents. You will see here the good, the bad and the ugly. But you may find that a bit of patience pays off. So […]

Rethinking Car Free Days: On their Tenth Anniversary in Taipei City

Thank you Mayor Hau Lung-pin for this invitation to come to Taipei City this year to discuss  the celebration of the city’s tenth successive Car Free Day — and as part of this collaborative brainstorming process to draw on my experience of some seventeen years working with this, one hopes, transformative transportation approach to taming […]

Preparing your next Car Free Day: Check out the fundamentals. The First Car Free Days Challenge: Toledo Spain, October 1994

Whereas Car Free Days have been organized in cities around the world all over the year for the last two  decades, there is inevitably a spate of high activity in the month of September, much of it the result of the European Commission’s continuing commitment to both the concept of Car Free Days and their […]

A Short History of Car Free Days: Origins, Timeline, Progress

“Every day is a great day to take a few cars off the street and think about it.” Here is how the Car Free Days movement got started and has taken shape over the last 21 years.  This is the second in a series of articles which we update and post annually just prior to the […]

Preparing your next Car Free Day: Check out the fundamentals. The First Car Free Days Challenge: Toledo Spain, October 1994

Whereas Car Free Days have been organized in cities around the world all over the year for the last two  decades, there is inevitably a spate of high activity in the month of September, much of it the result of the European Commission’s continuing commitment to both the concept of Car Free Days and their […]

Car Free Days 2015 – Citizen Cycling Audit (Revision 2.2)

Twenty questions to light the way to improving cycling in your city. This is the first revision of the initial listing of questions and criteria for the proposed first runs of the Citizens Cycling Audit, as  initially published as a fetture artcile in World Streets on 27 August 2014 at http://wp.me/psKUY-3HQ .[1]  As you will note […]

2014 World Car Free Days / State of City Cycling Self-Audit: An Introduction

Program Summary This is an interim report with suggested guidelines and background for organizing city cycling self-audits and events in support of cycling as a principle theme of World Car Free Days events in 2014. As original organizers of the World Car Free Days movement, we are always attentive to finding ways to make real […]

Getting ready for Earth Car Free Day (in 2001)

From the Archives: Back in March of 2001 a reporter from Grist Magazine got in touch with Eric Britton of EcoPlan’s long-standing World Car Free Day program for an interview concerning progress in the run-up for the first Earth Car Free Day, being jointly organized at the time in partnership with the Earth Day Network […]

World Car Free Day 2015: “La femme est l’avenir de l’homme”

Celebrating Bandung’s Car Free Day. Known as “We shot Bandung” Credit: Ikhlasyl Amal. At a terrible time in the history of mankind, I propose to you this photograph as a message of hope and a silent clue to a better, sweeter future for all. . . agreeing as I do with the poet Louis Aragon when […]

Accessing World Car Free Days Online

Over the last week we have been hard at work preparing our sources on Car Free Days planning as we do each year. Yesterday’s piece on “Car Free Days Planning and Implementation” provides a summary of this shared resource base. the following  map identifies reader hits over the last week by location.

A Bit More on Car Free Days Planning and Implementation

Not to bury you in an enormous amount of materials and references, however if you are interested in finding out what is going on at the leading edge (and at times the lagging edge) of these strategies for reducing the number and negative impacts of cars in cities, here are some useful references based on […]

What happened with Kampala’s first-ever Car Free Day in 2011

It started like a dream, and became a reality. After the long awaited workshop in April this year, some major steps have been taken so far in Kampala. By the end of the workshop which was organized and financed by Kampala Capital City Authority in association with Goudappel Coffeng, Goudappel Africa and Iganga Foundation, a […]

Rethinking Car Free Days in Taipei: Part III

Upon my return to Paris after a ten-day stint in Taiwan working with local colleagues in support of several on-going collaborative city projects there, and in particular in support of this year’s 10th anniversary Car Free Day program in Taipei City, I received the following letter from the Commissioner of Transportation commenting on their follow-up […]

Op-Ed: A divine solution for Car Free Days?

One of the sayings we use most often at World Streets is one that goes “you can never tell where the next good idea is going to come from”. Here is an example. As some of our readers certainly know, we have something of an affinity with the concept of Car Free Days — which […]

Rethinking Car Free Days in Taipei City: Part I

Your editor was kindly invited by Mayor Hau Lung-pin to come to Taipei City this year to discuss preparations for the celebration of the city’s tenth successive Car Free Day — and as part of this collaborative brainstorming process to draw on my experience of some seventeen years working with this, one hopes, transformative transportation […]