A COMPENDIUM OF ONE HUNDRED BETTER, FASTER, CHEAPER MEASURES YOUR CITY COULD START TO IMPLEMENT TOMORROW MORNING TO SAVE THE PLANET . . . cut GHG emissions, get people to work on time, reduce traffic accidents, save lives, clear the air, improve health, strengthen the economy, create a sense of community and improve accessibility, mobility and quality of life for all.

FB eric escooter traffic eifel towerWe 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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eric crow stop the road 2019Someone 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?

To read this tragedi-environmental tale with backstrory all you have to do is click here – – > https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/2016/05/11/family-mouse-behind-the-wheel/

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Hello Eric,
It seems clear that climate is causing much of the migration from Central America into Mexico and then into the United States in recent years.
Climate is also responsible for temperature rise in the Sonoran desert, especially impacting the USA southern border state of Arizona and Mexican northern border states of Baja California and Sonora.
Children with disability, and children who become disabled by the trauma of migration, are thus impacted, with their lives disrupted and school attendance disrupted or eliminated. See graphs below, but these thoughts are just thrown together and need more careful wording, especially as to issues around walking and/or riding to school by children and youth with disabilities, which is a concern we are working on through a report on USA & Mexico border state school transportation issues.

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Archives: Reykjavík Mobility Parade On Car-Free Day

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Article by Ms. 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.

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2021 MASTER CLASS CHECKLIST: 240 Climate/Mobility Tools, Measures, Considerations, etc., for a Sustainable City

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240 available  tools and concepts we will do well to be familiar with. (Among others.)

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  1. 2021 city strategies 
  2. 30 kph zones 
  3. 50 kph zones (etc.)
  4. Active travel directions 
  5. Activity nodes/clustering 
  6. Alternating odd/even license plates 
  7. Alternative engines 
  8. Alternative fuels 
  9. Award & prize programs 
  10. Barriers to change 
  11. Behavior Change 
  12. Bicycle university 
  13. Bike and skate “masses” 
  14. Bike and Walk Summit 
  15. Bike delivery services 
  16. Bike/transit interface 
  17. Bus corridors and lanes 
  18. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) 
  19. Car Clubs 
  20. Car control strategies 
  21. Car exit strategies 
  22. Car Free Days 
  23. Car pools 
  24. Car Restricted Zones 
  25. Carfree Cities 
  26. Carfree housing 
  27. Car-like mobility (implications) 
  28. Car rental 
  29. Carsharing 
  30. Change Management 
  31. Children’s and school programs 
  32. Citizen activism and dialogue 
  33. City cycle programs (shared use) 
  34. Clean vehicles and fuels 
  35. Clear Zones 
  36. Co-housing 
  37. Community Street Audit 
  38. Community Transportation 
  39. Commuting alternatives 
  40. Company mobility management 
  41. Congestion charging 
  42. Contingency Planning 
  43. Critical Mass 
  44. CURBBBB 
  45. Cycle paths and lanes 
  46. Cycle parking 
  47. Cycling access and support 
  48. Delivering the goods 
  49. Delivery hours 
  50. Demand management 
  51. Demand-responsive transport (DRT) 
  52. Distance work 
  53. Downtown revitalization support 
  54. Driver license exit strategies 
  55. Driver training 
  56. Dynamic transit systems 
  57. Economic instruments 
  58. Electric or ecological vehicles (??) 
  59. Employer transport programs 
  60. Ethics vs. rules on the street 
  61. EV charge stations 
  62. e-Work 
  63. Fair Transport labeling 
  64. Flexible hours 
  65. Flextime 
  66. Free public cycles 
  67. Free public transport 
  68. Freight bicycle 
  69. Freight transport 
  70. Freight consolidation zones 
  71. Funding sustainable transport 
  72. Goods delivery innovation 
  73. Goods movement and delivery 
  74. Green maps 
  75. Green modes 
  76. Green streets 
  77. Green wave 
  78. Group taxis 
  79. Handicapped transport 
  80. Health and Fitness 
  81. Hitch-hiking (Organized and other) 
  82. Home delivery services 
  83. Home zones 
  84. HOV strategies 
  85. Human powered transport 
  86. Inclusive transport 
  87. Innovations in Integrated Transport and Land-use Planning 
  88. Intercept parking 
  89. Integrated ticketing 
  90. Intermodality 
  91. International institutions (how to use) 
  92. International peer support 
  93. Jitneys 
  94. Land use/New Mobility interfaces 
  95. Land value tax 
  96. Lane Diets 
  97. Leading by Example 
  98. Living streets 
  99. Loading and uploading 
  100. Local Agenda 21 
  101. Locational efficiency 
  102. Lost/distressed children measures 
  103. Low car diet 
  104. Low-occupancy vehicle (LOV) strategies 
  105. Low speed projects 
  106. M2W controls 
  107. Media, film, audio, webcasting 
  108. Metros and New Mobility 
  109. Minibus 
  110. Mixed-use development 
  111. Mobil telephony interface 
  112. Mobility centers 
  113. Mobility management/centers 
  114. Mondermans 
  115. Motorized two-wheelers 
  116. Movement substitutes 
  117. Multifunctional areas 
  118. Multi-Modal Access Guides 
  119. Neighborhood initiatives 
  120. Neighborhood streets 
  121. New Mobility “Star” program (NMA strategies for small towns) 
  122. New Mobility strategies 
  123. New Urbanism: Clustered, Mixed-Use, Multi-Modal Neighborhood Design 
  124. Noise reduction measures 
  125. Non-motorized transport 
  126. NOT going there (the options) 
  127. Obesity strategies 
  128. Obesity/Mobility Summit 
  129. Odd/even entry schemes 
  130. On-line skating 
  131. Paid Parking 
  132. Paratransit 
  133. Park + Ride 
  134. Parking management 
  135. Parking strategies 
  136. Pedestrian- friendly streets and roads 
  137. Pedestrianization 
  138. Pedicabs 
  139. Pico y placa 
  140. Play streets 
  141. Pots and paint 
  142. Private sector initiatives 
  143. Propinquity (as policy) 
  144. Public Awareness 
  145. Public participation 
  146. Public spaces projects 
  147. Public transport should be free 
  148. Public/private partnerships 
  149. Rail transit (where it fits in) 
  150. Real time travel information 
  151. Reduce traffic controls/signals 
  152. Residential parking 
  153. Reverse commuting 
  154. Rickshaws 
  155. Ride-sharing 
  156. Road diets (lane narrowing) 
  157. Road pricing 
  158. Road safety (radical enforcement) 
  159. Scan, select, quantify, target 
  160. Segregated cycle facilities 
  161. Selling your message to the community 
  162. Senior/Non-driver Local Summit 
  163. Shared taxis 
  164. Shared space 
  165. Shared transport 
  166. Simulations and visual scenarios 
  167. Slow streets 
  168. Slow zones 
  169. Slugging 
  170. Smart Congestion Relief 
  171. Smart cards 
  172. Smart growth 
  173. Smart parking strategies 
  174. Soft transport measures 
  175. South/North transfers 
  176. SOV measures 
  177. Speed control measures 
  178. Speed reduction 
  179. “Strategies for the screamers” 
  180. Street as a place of work 
  181. Street furniture 
  182. Street life 
  183. Street obstacles 
  184. Street people 
  185. Street strategies 
  186. Street venders and commerce 
  187. Suburban solutions 
  188. Sustainable mobility strategies 
  189. Task Force (local) creation 
  190. Taxi innovations 
  191. TDM – Transportation Demand Management 
  192. Telecommuting 
  193. Teledilivery 
  194. Telework 
  195. Ten Point Pedaling Action Program 
  196. Ten thousand steps 
  197. The Mayors’ Game 
  198. “They are supposed to scream” 
  199. Ticketless Public Transport 
  200. TOD – Transit-Oriented Development 
  201. Tolls Then thousand steps +
  202. Traffic calming 
  203. Traffic control/management center 
  204. Traffic restraint 
  205. Transit shelters 
  206. Transit/signal priority 
  207. Transit stations and interfaces 
  208. Transit strike planning 
  209. Transportation brokerage 
  210. Travel information systems 
  211. Travel plans 
  212. Travelchoice 
  213. Trishaw Cycles 
  214. Unified access and ticketing 
  215. Unified fare cards 
  216. University, campus transport strategies 
  217. Urban boulevards 
  218. Urban distribution center 
  219. Urban regeneration 
  220. User participation 
  221. Utility cycling 
  222. Value capture 
  223. Vanpool 
  224. Vehicle Buy Back Program 
  225. Vehicle scrappage programs 
  226. Video diaries/open blog 
  227. Vision Zero (Sweden, road safety) 
  228. Walk to school 
  229. Walkability audit 
  230. Walkability index 
  231. Walkable communities 
  232. Walking as transport 
  233. Walking school bus 
  234. Web sites to support New Mobility projects/program 
  235. WitKar 
  236. Women, Equity and Transport 
  237. Woonerfs (Woonerven) 
  238. xTransit (The Third Way) 
  239. Zero carbon projects 
  240. Zero Tolerance 

Op-Ed Archives: Danijel Rebolj on The Cultures of Mobility

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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

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TRANSITION TOOLS AND STRATEGIES: Selected Wikipedia checklist of key terms, concepts and references

magnifying glass CLIMATEIntended as a handy research aid, checklist and reminder for students, researchers and others digging into the rich Climate/Mobility nexus 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 eight years 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.

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

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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 | http://bit.ly/2Ti8LsX | #fekbritton | https://twitter.com/ericbritton | and | https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericbritton/ Contact: climate@newmobility.org) | +336 508 80787 (Also WhatApp) | Skype: newmobility.)

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Preparing your next Car Free Day: Check out the fundamentals.

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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.

velib-guyWhy 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.

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2020 CLIMATE/MOBILITY ACTION PLAN & PARTNER SEARCH Invitation to pitch in and join the Five Percent Challenge in your city

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          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.


The 2020 project is aiming to network and bring together . . .

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— to be contacted and integrated into program from the beginning as full partners designing and monitoring the 2020 Five Percent Challenge.
Please share your contact information, addresses, names to that we can bring them into the project from the beginning.
Transport Infrastructure — Car, roads, streets, parking — on- and off-street
Public transporters — Public transport, school and works buses, taxis, free circulator bus services
Automobile lobbies — Owner/drivers, supporting services
Shared mobility — ridesharing, car sharing, shared bicycles, scooters, hitchhiking, slugging, bus pools, etc.)
MicroMobility (bicycles, scooters, very light vehicles, electric scooters, electric skateboards, shared bicycles and electric pedal assisted, pedelec, push scooters.
Mobility substitutes — Proximity, Telepresence, Telework, peak reduction measures

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Thinking Exercise: What happens when VKT goes up? Down?

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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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To contact the editor with your observations and eventual questions, drop a line to Climate@newmobility.org.  We answer our mail. 

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 | http://bit.ly/2Ti8LsX | #fekbritton | https://twitter.com/ericbritton | and | https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericbritton/ Contact: climate@newmobility.org) | +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.

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‘The Ice Is Leaving’ Climate change is melting glaciers worldwide. Only we can stop it.”

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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 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?

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Civic Plan for a Climate Emergency

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Building the 1.5 degree, socially-just city

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.

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World Streets launches 2021 Collaborative Climate/Mobility Action Plan

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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.

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Call for papers: User Roles in Cycling Governance: Transitions and Innovations

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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.

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Women in transport: Reducing inequalities in smart mobility in Europe

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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/

Green Map of Reykjavík

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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.

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Carfree Times now indefinitely parked: (But the future lies ahead)

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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.

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