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 CFD challenge was made in Toledo Spain on 19 October 1994.
Every day is a great day to take a few cars off the road, and think about it.
This was the theme of the first announcement of a World Car Free Days collaborative initiative that was first proposed in Toledo Spain in October 1994 and which within months was on-street reality in the first three cities launching Car Free Days of their own: Reykjavík (Iceland), Bath (United Kingdom) and La Rochelle (France). World Streets continues to participate actively in planning, celebrating and analyzing the results of these Days (and now Weeks and even Months) in cities around the world. All this from a simple idea that was discussed on a sunny autumn day in the ancient city of Toledo.
HOW FAR WILL CAR-FREE SUNDAYS TAKE US ON THE ROAD TO BEING ‘CAR-LITE’?
(This is an excellent example of what CFDs are for. Step by step innovation)
MCG plans to lay cycle tracks in all major roads within 3 years
Stephen Grootes reporting from Johannesburg EcoMobility 2015
OP-ED: SANDTON ECOMOBILITY MONTH – MORE AMBITION NEEDED
Johannesburg. Daily Maverick. 2 Nov. 2015. Source: http://goo.gl/Bw3SQv
The city of Johannesburg has over the month of October engaged in an interesting experiment to limit car circulation and encourage softer means of getting to and around in a portion of their central business district, Sandton. The project was planned and carried out in cooperation with ICLEI’s EcoMobiity program, and is the second in a series which began in 2013 in Suwon Korea, and which in 2017 will move on to the City of Kaohsiung, the second city of Taiwan.
World Streets has made an effort to follow the Johannesburg project and in cooperation with local transport, city planning and environment groups, in an effort to piece together a balanced picture of how all this is working out. If you click to the following hot links, you will be taken in a first instance to the twenty or so postings that appeared in our World Streets Online Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WorldStreetsOnline. And following that to a Google summary of the latest media coverage.
* For World Streets coverage of EcoMobility 2015 -> https://goo.gl/UHoRgu
* For latest media coverage of Johannesburg event -> https://goo.gl/epJe79
“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 September rush to get the latest batch of Car Free Day projects off the ground. We hope that these pieces and the references you find here are going to prove useful to those responsible for making a success of their Days in 2015. Getting a CFD right and making it a real success is no easy task — good knowledge of what has worked and not worked in the past should serve you well. Continue reading