We often hear that sustainable transportation reform is going to require massive public investments, large construction projects, elaborate technology deployments, and above all and by their very nature are going to take a long time before yielding significant results. This is quite simply not true. This approach, common in the last century and often associated with the “American transportation model”, no longer has its place in a competitive, efficient, democratic city And we can start tomorrow, if we chose to.
To get a feel for this transformative learning reality let’s start with a quick look at a first lot of ideas for Slow Street Architecture as a major means for reducing traffic related nuisances, accident prevention and improving quality of life for all. These approaches are not just “nice ideas”. They have proven their merit and effectiveness in hundreds of cities around the world. There is no good reason that they cannot do the same in your city. Starting tomorrow morning.
(For further background on external sources feeding this listing, see Sources and Clues section below.)
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Someone a lot wiser than me, once told me many years ago: when you are facing a really difficult problem, why don’t you see if you can step back a few paces and put it in a form that you can discuss with children and hear what they may have to say.
I recalled this in the early nineties when in the face of the many mind-bending complications of sustainability and mobility — such as we are facing here today — I decided to write a Haiku which gradually expanded from seventeen syllabes into a wandering draft scenario for a children’s story on the topic, which eventually became, with the great shaping inputs of two of my friends (Wolfgang Zuckermann for the words, and Roget Tweet for the music (artwork) ). After much thrashing around we decided to call it Family Mouse behind the Wheel (Wolfgang’s candidate).
Want to check it out?
Article by Ms. Lea Müller, appearing in the Reykjavik Grapevine of Sept 19, 2019. The article is presented here below, and followed by historical background information and context on the Car Free Days phenomenon in which the city of Reykjavik and Iceland turned out to play a key historic role.
September 19, 2019, Reykjavik
To celebrate the annual Car-Free Day in Iceland, some of the main roads will be closed in the Reykjavík city centre this Sunday, September 22nd. The Reykjavík Mobility Parade will start at 13:00 and move through Miklubraut and Hringbraut to Lækjartorg, where festivities will take place.
Starting in 1996, the Car-Free movement has a long history in Iceland. The idea originated from the Accessible Cities Conference held in Spain two years prior to Iceland’s first festivity and the event has significantly grown in size since. Its main objectives are to promote public transport, bikes and walking and give people a chance to reflect on motorisation and how traffic can be improved in cities.
240 available tools and concepts we will do well to be familiar with. (Among others.)
– Εάν όλα σας μοιάζουν ελληνικά, καλά, έχετε πρόβλημα.
- 2021 city strategies
- 30 kph zones
- 50 kph zones (etc.)
- Active travel directions
- Activity nodes/clustering
- Alternating odd/even license plates
- Alternative engines
- Alternative fuels
- Award & prize programs
- Barriers to change
- Behavior Change
- Bicycle university
- Bike and skate “masses”
- Bike and Walk Summit
- Bike delivery services
- Bike/transit interface
- Bus corridors and lanes
- Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)
- Car Clubs
- Car control strategies
- Car exit strategies
- Car Free Days
- Car pools
- Car Restricted Zones
- Carfree Cities
- Carfree housing
- Car-like mobility (implications)
- Car rental
- Change Management
- Children’s and school programs
- Citizen activism and dialogue
- City cycle programs (shared use)
- Clean vehicles and fuels
- Clear Zones
- Community Street Audit
- Community Transportation
- Commuting alternatives
- Company mobility management
- Congestion charging
- Contingency Planning
- Critical Mass
- Cycle paths and lanes
- Cycle parking
- Cycling access and support
- Delivering the goods
- Delivery hours
- Demand management
- Demand-responsive transport (DRT)
- Distance work
- Downtown revitalization support
- Driver license exit strategies
- Driver training
- Dynamic transit systems
- Economic instruments
- Electric or ecological vehicles (??)
- Employer transport programs
- Ethics vs. rules on the street
- EV charge stations
- Fair Transport labeling
- Flexible hours
- Free public cycles
- Free public transport
- Freight bicycle
- Freight transport
- Freight consolidation zones
- Funding sustainable transport
- Goods delivery innovation
- Goods movement and delivery
- Green maps
- Green modes
- Green streets
- Green wave
- Group taxis
- Handicapped transport
- Health and Fitness
- Hitch-hiking (Organized and other)
- Home delivery services
- Home zones
- HOV strategies
- Human powered transport
- Inclusive transport
- Innovations in Integrated Transport and Land-use Planning
- Intercept parking
- Integrated ticketing
- International institutions (how to use)
- International peer support
- Land use/New Mobility interfaces
- Land value tax
- Lane Diets
- Leading by Example
- Living streets
- Loading and uploading
- Local Agenda 21
- Locational efficiency
- Lost/distressed children measures
- Low car diet
- Low-occupancy vehicle (LOV) strategies
- Low speed projects
- M2W controls
- Media, film, audio, webcasting
- Metros and New Mobility
- Mixed-use development
- Mobil telephony interface
- Mobility centers
- Mobility management/centers
- Motorized two-wheelers
- Movement substitutes
- Multifunctional areas
- Multi-Modal Access Guides
- Neighborhood initiatives
- Neighborhood streets
- New Mobility “Star” program (NMA strategies for small towns)
- New Mobility strategies
- New Urbanism: Clustered, Mixed-Use, Multi-Modal Neighborhood Design
- Noise reduction measures
- Non-motorized transport
- NOT going there (the options)
- Obesity strategies
- Obesity/Mobility Summit
- Odd/even entry schemes
- On-line skating
- Paid Parking
- Park + Ride
- Parking management
- Parking strategies
- Pedestrian- friendly streets and roads
- Pico y placa
- Play streets
- Pots and paint
- Private sector initiatives
- Propinquity (as policy)
- Public Awareness
- Public participation
- Public spaces projects
- Public transport should be free
- Public/private partnerships
- Rail transit (where it fits in)
- Real time travel information
- Reduce traffic controls/signals
- Residential parking
- Reverse commuting
- Road diets (lane narrowing)
- Road pricing
- Road safety (radical enforcement)
- Scan, select, quantify, target
- Segregated cycle facilities
- Selling your message to the community
- Senior/Non-driver Local Summit
- Shared taxis
- Shared space
- Shared transport
- Simulations and visual scenarios
- Slow streets
- Slow zones
- Smart Congestion Relief
- Smart cards
- Smart growth
- Smart parking strategies
- Soft transport measures
- South/North transfers
- SOV measures
- Speed control measures
- Speed reduction
- “Strategies for the screamers”
- Street as a place of work
- Street furniture
- Street life
- Street obstacles
- Street people
- Street strategies
- Street venders and commerce
- Suburban solutions
- Sustainable mobility strategies
- Task Force (local) creation
- Taxi innovations
- TDM – Transportation Demand Management
- Ten Point Pedaling Action Program
- Ten thousand steps
- The Mayors’ Game
- “They are supposed to scream”
- Ticketless Public Transport
- TOD – Transit-Oriented Development
- Tolls Then thousand steps +
- Traffic calming
- Traffic control/management center
- Traffic restraint
- Transit shelters
- Transit/signal priority
- Transit stations and interfaces
- Transit strike planning
- Transportation brokerage
- Travel information systems
- Travel plans
- Trishaw Cycles
- Unified access and ticketing
- Unified fare cards
- University, campus transport strategies
- Urban boulevards
- Urban distribution center
- Urban regeneration
- User participation
- Utility cycling
- Value capture
- Vehicle Buy Back Program
- Vehicle scrappage programs
- Video diaries/open blog
- Vision Zero (Sweden, road safety)
- Walk to school
- Walkability audit
- Walkability index
- Walkable communities
- Walking as transport
- Walking school bus
- Web sites to support New Mobility projects/program
- Women, Equity and Transport
- Woonerfs (Woonerven)
- xTransit (The Third Way)
- Zero carbon projects
- Zero Tolerance
The Cultures of Mobility
What message could a private citizen, an engineer no less, from a small city of a country with barely two million inhabitants send to the Secretary of Transportation of the United States of America? Happily, there is more to transport and social policy than mere size. So if you decide to continue reading, I may have a modest message for you after all.
This evening, 6 February 2009, an interesting event will take place in my city. A thematic event has been organized, dedicated to the “Culture of Mobility”. In this we want to show (again) at the culture of mobility and the culture of the city are one and the same.
Maribor, my beautiful city, the second-largest in Slovenia, is to become the cultural capital of Europe in 2012. Today’s event will start with a documentary film to open up the perspectives of transportation decision-makers in the city of New York, “Contested Streets: a Mobility Tour of Four Great World Cities”. “Contested” takes its point of departure the old habit of automatically building new infrastructure for cars every time a traffic problem arose. The world-famous and world-practiced “forecast and build” culture
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 own European Mobility Week. And each year we here at World Streets dig into our archives and dust off one or two of the classics as a timely reminder of the fact that the Car Free Day concept has been around and doing its bit since the first international announcement and challenge was made in Toledo Spain on 19 October 1994.
Why do we bother to do this year after year? After all, there is copious documentation and background available at a click, as a quick tour of Google of those three little words yields somewhat more than 55,000 entries, including a fair if distinctly uneven introduction in the Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car-Free_Days. The problem is that most of this material seriously misses the point, and as a result often handicaps cities and groups wishing to organize a Day (a week or month close) to underestimate potential of this approach. The trick is that all of this is quite a simple as it may at first glance appear.
To this end, here we are once again minding the store with the original 1994 article announcing the concept, along with several others from our archives which would appear here in the coming days. A general reference which the reader may find of use is the general introduction which appears here – https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/tag/car-free-days/. You will find at the end of this reposting, three separate annexes which provide supplemental background on (Annex A) New Mobility – 1988-1994 Program Summary; (B) Other Tools to Get the Job Done; and (C) a listing of more recent references.
THE FIVE PERCENT 2020 CLIMATE CHALLENGE
The World Climate Emergency // // The New Mobility Action Plan
You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete. — Buckminster Fuller
Communication to individuals and groups contacting us to express interest in knowing more about the Five Percent Challenge program, cities and projects in 2020
Thank you for your expression of interest in our shared concerns about our cities and our planet. We are honored and look forward to being able to follow progress in your related work and projects as well.
Looking ahead — and just so it is clear — as a result of a vigorous recentering of my priority concerns for 2020 and beyond, I have shifted the totality of my work and engagement to the World Climate Emergency — and the following six key words and references: Climate.Cities.Space.Time.Action.NewMobility.org.
2020 PARTNER SEARCH:
The 2020 project is aiming to network and bring together . . .
This flowchart as it stands gives us a good idea of what happens in today’s dominant mobility pattern in most cities, where each year the net impact of transport policy (or lack thereof) is to nudge up VKT . (Actually that should better read MVKT — MOTOR Vehicle Kilometers Traveled , since that brings us right to the main core of the challenge.
Which, if we turn it around and look at it closely, gives us a number of good ideas and targets for our 2020 Five Percent Challenge . Figure out how to reduce VKT and all sorts of good stuff happens!
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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 | http://bit.ly/2Ti8LsX | #fekbritton | https://twitter.com/ericbritton | and | https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericbritton/ Contact: email@example.com) | +336 508 80787 (Also WhatApp) | Skype: newmobility.)
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The following as used in a master class of a course on sustainable development, democracy and society.
Getting a feel for our challenge — so that we can better understand the main dynamics of the fast evolving climate situation in Iceland.
For those of us who are not necessarily deeply informed about the unfolding climate/mobility emergency situation — and opportunities — in that part of the world, here is one way to dig in to the situation.
–By Katrin Jakobsdottir, prime minister of Iceland, New York Times of Aug. 17, 2019
Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland’s sixth-largest glacier, gained worldwide recognition when the volcano lurking under it erupted in 2010. Large levels of volcanic ash caused air travel disruptions in Europe, and news reporters across the world struggled with the difficult pronunciation of Eyjafjallajokull, much to the amusement of us native speakers. A less-known and less-tongue-twisting glacier is Ok, which is on a mountaintop in Western Iceland.
But Ok is no longer a glacier.
The ice field that covered the mountain in 1900 — close to six square miles — has now been replaced by a crater lake. It is certainly beautiful, surrounded by patchy snowfields, and is now the highest lake in Iceland. But that beauty quickly fades in the eyes of anyone who knows what was there before and why it is no longer there. Ok’s disappearance is yet another testimony of irreversible global climate change.
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* Article continues at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/17/opinion/iceland-glacier-climate-change.html
Article by Hannah Dines, Extracts Reprinted from The Guardian , 15 October 2019 . Picture – Disabled group being helped by caregivers. Reykjavik, Iceland. Thanks to Alamy.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has done work on gender equality, using “gender focal points”, people who assist in gender-related decisions about the climate. But there isn’t a list of representatives with disabilities, though the outcomes of climate change negotiations will disproportionately affect us. The Paris agreement makes clear its obligation to disability and human rights, but will people with disabilities actually be involved in the discussion?
Discussion document for policy makers & civic leaders
– Paul Chatterton, School of Geography, University of Leeds, UK. Full text HERE
This climate emergency is also a ‘city emergency’. Most of the world’s population will soon be urban. Cities are locked in to high energy throughputs, are responsible for about three-quarters of global GHGs and energy use, have ecological footprints larger than their city limits, and remain locked in to high-growth, high-consumption lifestyles.
In the context of growing awareness of the severity of climate breakdown, the central role cities play in this, and the lack of rapid action, municipalities around the world are declaring ‘climate Emergencies’. To date 40 municipalities in the UK have signed such a declaration. Worldwide around 50 million now live in cities that have declared emergencies. This is an exciting addition to city level action through, for example, the C40 Leadership Group and the Global Covenant of Mayors.
– – – – – – – – > Working draft update of 12 December. To be finalized over month.
WORLD STREETS is betting its future on the coming immediate-term transition period led by certain ambitious, responsible cities, nations, organizations and citizens in different parts of the world to come together to break the downward pattern of ever-increasing climate stress — and before the challenge to plan and execute highly aggressive near-term initiatives aimed at sharply cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the mobility sector. And doing all this while working with proven tools, policies and strategies that harness cost-effective, readily available, measures, technologies, operational and management competence. And our job is to support them as best we can.
Call for papers for the special issue in Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives:
This special issue leverages scholarship on cycling and uses the bicycle as a lens to explore how users can play a role in accommodating (or rejecting) innovations in sustainable transportation. From debates over definitions of the bicycle as a physical object to exploring practices and meaning of cycling, concepts such as smart cities, socio-technical change, and mobility transitions are explored critically from user, industry, regulatory and governance perspectives. We invite contributions from scholars from diverse disciplines, including but not limited to, urban design, history of technology, transport planning, mobility studies, politics, and sociology. We encourage multidisciplinary perspectives to explore the relationships between urban planning, cycling and sustainable transport.
Andree Woodcock, a Professor from Coventry University, tells us what we need to know about the H2020 TInnGO (Transport Innovation Gender Observatory) project that concerns the role of women in transport and the need to reduce inequalities in smart mobility. Source: Source: https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/reducing-inequalities-in-smart-mobility/73408/
Why is this needed?
It has long been recognised that women (and other groups) are significantly marginalised in transport. Without research in this area, the transport revolution produced by smart mobility will continue to exclude women and ‘disadvantaged‘ groups (e.g. the elderly, those from lower-income backgrounds, with mobility, cognitive, sensory and communication difficulties). Commuting journeys are privileged by transport systems, over those related to home and social and healthcare. The complex, multilegged journeys by women and those in lower socio-economic groups are not modelled; therefore, future systems will perpetuate the same inequalities.
Recent analysis conducted by TInnGO shows that around 70% of the transport workforce are male and since 1945, only 7% of the transport ministers in TInnGO countries have been female. Gendered and non-inclusive discourses are already being used to promote smart mobility solutions, despite the fact that women most use and support sustainable transport. Clearly, this situation needs to be urgently addressed if the smart city agenda is to fulfil its promises of improving the quality of life for all people.
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Article continues: – https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/reducing-inequalities-in-smart-mobility/73408/
The Green Map of Reykjavík is a joint international project of Nature.is, the Green Map® System, the city of Reykjavík and the University of Iceland. The goal of Green Maps all around the world is to make eco-friendly options in the fields of culture, commerce and travel services more visible and accessible to all. Green maps have been developed in over 600 municipalities, cities and neighborhoods in 55 countries. Iceland is the first country which classifies the whole country according to the Green Map system.
The printed edition Green Map of Reykjavík is the first of its kind here in Iceland and is based on the online version Green Map of Iceland here on www.nature.is which covers the whole country of Iceland with over 3.000 registrations in 100 categories.
Founding editor, Joel Crawford, announces final issue of Carfree Times
I have decided to suspend my online creative efforts indefinitely. This will probably be the last Carfree Times. I don’t plan to shoot stills or video except incidentally, and there will probably be few or no new videos.
In a sense, what I’m doing is giving up virtual presence in favor of actual presence. I am looking at screens far too much. I enjoy face-to-face interaction, particularly with an audience. I am available for these kinds of events within railing distance of Amsterdam.
We are going to have carfree cities, one way or another, I’m pretty sure. Money, ecology, and happiness all optimize at one and the same point: carfree cities. There is no cheaper way to build decent cities. No other urban form has smaller environmental impacts. Urban quality of life is always improved by removing cars.