NEW 2030 ICELAND CLIMATE ACTION PLAN ANNOUNCED

Iceland will fulfil its commitments and more

– Reykjavik, June 23, 2020.
With the measures presented today, Iceland is expected to achieve a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 – The binding Effort Sharing reduction target to meet the commitments of the Paris Agreement requires 29% reduction.
According to rough estimates, additional measures currently under development could result in a further decrease of 5-11%, bringing the total reduction in emissions to 40-46% compared to 2005 levels.
iCELAND - CAT SUNSET TARGET 2040 CARBON NEUTRAL

48 measures, 15 of them are new

Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson and Minister of Transport and Local Government Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson presented the second version of the Climate Action Plan today.

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A CRISIS IS A TERRIBLE THING TO MISS

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Paris. 22 March 2020

So now what? Well, for sure life is about to get very interesting. With the unmet challenge of the world climate emergency, and now out of the blue the Coronavirus fast upon us, we are now in the process of putting the old century once and for all firmly behind us. Not so much because we want to, but because we HAVE to. It’s a new world out there and we must meet it!

2020 will be the year of transition. And at the end of this round we will never be the same. One way or another! Your call!

So for our bit, please stay tuned to World Streets and Co. Here and at . . .

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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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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.
 
Tom

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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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2020 MASTER CLASS CHECKLIST: 240 Climate/Mobility Tools, Measures, Considerations, etc., for a Sustainable City

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Tools and concepts we will do well to be familiar with. (Among others.)

– Εάν όλα σας μοιάζουν ελληνικά, καλά, έχετε πρόβλημα.

  1. 2020 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 

 

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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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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ICELAND: Getting to work in the morning

Reykjavik Iceland several cars on road at sunset

CLIMATE, SPACE, TIME, MOBILITY,

A quick shot from Reykjavik of a road at the start of a working day

That’s a good part of the challenge. Let’s go to work!

Source: Climate/Action/Plan Creating a New Mobility Ecosystem for Reykjavik 2020

FB Link: https://www.facebook.com/ClimateActionPlan-Creating-a-New-Mobility-Ecosystem-for-Reykjavik-2020-102044774511708/?modal=admin_todo_tour

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Solve this one and you are well on your way.

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A COMPENDIUM OF 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, and improve accessability, mobility and quality of life for all.

Climate Audit - Paris smog EB blue shirt

We often hear that 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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World Transport Policy & Practice. Vol. 25 No. 3. July 2019

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* * * Full report here: http://worldtransportjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/25.3-Final-opt.pdf

25.3  Editorial

In the very first issue of this journal (volume 1, number 1, 1995) we published 8 articles that are still as relevant today as they were in 1995.  They discuss some of the most important themes in what we would now call sustainable transport, liveable cities or active travel.  All the articles are well worth re-reading and using in the debate around zero carbon transport.  The article by Professor Helmut Holzapfel “Violence and the car”  raised an important  issue that still goes unrecognised in the discussion around transport, cars, subsidy, road building and the promotion of a technology that rings with it serious societal, behavioural and psychological disturbances.

Holzapfel insights are dramatic and identify the need for an entirely new transport and mobility paradigm.  He says:

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Oslo takes bold steps to reduce air pollution, improve livability

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Source: https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/oslo-takes-bold-steps-reduce-air-pollution-improve-livability 

Norway’s capital city Oslo, home to over 670,000 people, is boldly pushing forward with a range of measures to improve air quality for the city’s inhabitants. Oslo is one of 42 cities who take part in Breathe Life, a campaign led by the World Health Organization, UN Environment and the Climate & Clean Air Coalition that inspires cities and individuals to protect our health and planet from the effects of air pollution.

Zero-emission vehicles play a key part in the city’s strategy to reduce C0equivalents by 95 per cent in 2030, and city officials are encouraging people to make the transition to electric vehicles. Benefits for drivers include reduces taxes, access to bus and taxi lanes, free travel on toll roads and public ferries, and free municipal parking. Over 1,000 charging stations have been added in recent years.

Meanwhile, all public transport in Oslo and neighbouring Akershus county is to be powered exclusively by renewable energy by 2020.

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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, create a sense of community, strengthen the economy, and improve accessibility, mobility and quality of life for all.

FB eric escooter traffic eifel towerWe often hear that 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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Challenge Partners (Working draft)

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Incomplete working draft of 28 July

(Introductory para here to explain, etc.)

Thus far ( 21/07/2019), eventually with direct link and 2-3 lines of comment + Key Contacts

  • World Streets, France – Journal of reference and record
  • Journal of World Transport Policy and Practice, UK – two Special Editions: Winter 2019-2020 and Spring 2021
  • SOLVED, Finland –
  • Ytech Innovations Centre, Netherlands

Plus under initial discussion at this time:

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Op-Ed: Why Electric Scooters Companies Are Getting Serious About Safety

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Lime has joined Bird in establishing a safety advisory board tasked with helping the e-scooter industry shape local regulations—and shake its risky reputation.

Lime, the micromobility company that’s flooded the streets of more than 100 cities around the world with fleets of green-and-white electric scooters, launched a Public Policy and Safety Advisory Board last week. The group, which convened for the first time at a safety summit in San Francisco, is tasked with determining what research and policy initiatives to pursue, what regulations to advocate for, and how to generally smooth the company’s sometimes-bumpy relationships with cities, riders, and riders-to-be.

Lime’s announcement reflects a growing acknowledgement within the e-scooter rental industry that safety concerns present a major barrier to mass adoption.
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Op-Ed: The changing landscape of shared mobility

Woman on Nice Ride bike in Minneapolis

   – By Caroline Samponaro, head of bike, scooter, and pedestrian policy at Lyft.

From the quick rise of the electric scooter to Lyft’s expansion of bike-share networks across the country, change is constant in the shared mobility industry. This changing landscape was the topic of the CTS Spring Luncheon presentation by Caroline Samponaro, a longtime bike and pedestrian advocate in New York City who now leads micromobility policy at Lyft.

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Archives: The New Mobility Agenda

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This posting, taken with minor updating from the original 2008 Wikipedia entry under that title, traces the history of the New Mobility Agenda from its founding as part of an OECD program of the Development Center under the leadership of Eric Britton and Mikoto Usui,.  It charts the history and evolution of this innovative transport planning and policy concept from its beginning in the early seventies through 2008, at which time this international networking role was taken over by the international collaborative “World Streeets: The Politics of Transport in Cities” at https://wordpress.com/worldstreets

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THE 2020 FIVE PERCENT EMERGENCY CHALLENGE: (Cross-cutting issues, measures, sources & startup strategies)

Executive Summary:

QUESTION: Is it going to be possible to cut greenhouse gas emissions resulting from day to day transport in your city by five percent next year?

RESPONSE: Yes *

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* But you have to be very smart

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?  (Attributed to A. Einstein)

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THE FIVE PERCENT CHALLENGE (continued)

 * * Very rough first draft.  Requiring careful rewrite for content and clarity.   * *

CLIMATE/NEW MOBILITY  2019-2020 EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?  (Attributed to A. Einstein)

 

Working Notes: Building Blocks:

The sources,  references and links that follow here – we call them building blocks or parts of the much larger puzzle – are presented here in first working draft form and are intended to be useful to inform and guide students, researchers, concerned citizens and others interested in getting up to speed on the wide range of challenging topics that need to be brought in to the analysis and eventual work plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the local transport sector by a radical target and in a single year . These references include a considerable variety of issues, hints and developments (examples, free public transport, economic levers, value capture, full gender parity, etc., etc.) which have important roles to play in this wholesale reconstruction of the new mobility ecosystem.

WORLD CLIMATE EMERGENCY

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