Ali Clabburn, Founder, MD, and Possiblist of the UK ridesharing group Liftshare (at right above) reminds us 18 years later of how much has changed in the world of ridesharing, but also the whole spectrum of sustainable transport thinking and practice.
Ali’s personal story with ridesharing got started by accident.
If you get it, New Mobility policy reform is a no-brainer. However, while the New Mobility Agenda is a great starting place, it is not going to get the job somehow miraculously done just because it is the only game in town when it comes to sustainable transport. There is plenty of competition for your thin wallet, all that space on the street, and especially for that space between our ears. We have a few potential sticking points here that need to be overcome first.
Let’s have a quick look. After some years of talking with cities, and working and observing in many different circumstances, here is my personal shortlist of the barriers most frequently encountered in trying to get innovative transportation reform programs off the ground, including even in cities that really do badly need a major mobility overhaul.
And you may read this as a negative criticism of the various groups and interest mentioned here, but please that is not at all my intent. Human beings and most organizations are notoriously change resistant, that is a key element of their survival strategy. In this short essay is my intention simply to remind the reader of the most important tension points, so that we can have this in mind as we move ahead with the difficult task of finding allies for a new, better and fairer transportation system
– Eric Britton, Editor, World Streets
One of the reasons why such a small proportion of the world cities are working on having more sustainable transportation systems has to do with the fact that these are literally “complex systems”, a category of social and economic interactions which is far more complicated than laying down additional meters of concrete.
A complex system is filled with nuances and surprises, as a result of the fact that all of the bits and pieces that constitute them interact with each other, and all too often yields contradictory results which are quite opposite from what the initial practitiones or policymakers may have wished to bring about. The classic example of this is of course the discredited “predict and provide” approach to transport which famously creates a mindset which consistently favors more traffic. So even with all of the goodwill and hope in the world, many of these policies or approaches achieve results which are contrary to the initial expectations and often deleterious.
* We asked 100 international experts for their views. 101 have responded.
World Streets needs to catch on before my feet get wet.
– Dirk van Dijl
Founder City Car Club
* We asked 100 world experts for their views – – and 101 responded
Dr. Lake Sagaris
World Streets offers an excellent information and exchange service to busy professionals and citizens’ organizations.
We follow its postings closely and translate those most relevant into Spanish, for circulation on our Latin American network of sustainable and active transport enthusiasts, professionals and activists, with excellent results.
Thanks very much to the team responsible. This is an extremely important initiative, with a truly global impact, well worth supporting.
Dr. Lake Sagaris
BFA, MSc., PhD urbanismo y participación
Investigador y Profesor Asociado Adjunto
Centro de Desarrollo Urbano Sustentable (CEDEUS)
BRT Centre of Excellence, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
President. Ciudad Viva (Living City). http://www.ciudadviva.cl
* We asked 100 world experts for their views – – and 101 have already responded.
I had some time and read through the World Street site yesterday at some length.
What a great wealth of information and effort. I applaud your originality, energy and organization skills. Congratulations, you are a force.
You are the Darwin of transportation and sustainable streets/towns.
Donald H. Brackenbush
Architect, city planner and engineer
Los Angeles California
CYCLING: We have been exchanging in our several group fora in support of the Sustainable Penang project thoughts about plans and actions in favor of more, better and safer cycling for all in Penang. And of course by this we mean specifically cycling for day to day transport, cycling for men, women and children getting from their particular A to B in all parts of Penang. (though it will be interesting as well to know of their coverage of leisure and touring cycling, etc.)
So, against this background we respectfully ask the following . . .