SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY’S BITTER PILL (And why most politicians do not want to swallow it)

MAN HEAD IN SAND

Maybe it will take care of itself.

An even dozen hard facts that politicians, administrators, accountants and engineers are finding it very hard to accept – but without which they will never be able to lead the transition to sustainable mobility and a sustainable city.

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What about women as cyclists? Dilatory reflections, notes and world-wide perspectives from Nijmegen ECF 2017

DRAFT FOR PEER REVIEW AND COMMENT

What about women as cyclists at Velo-city 2017?

Benoit Beroud, Mobility Designed for All consultant at Mobiped, attended, the World Cycling Congress, which occurred in Nijmegen (Netherlands) last June. He shares his notes and comments with World Streets after reflection some inspiring thoughts  about women and cycling in their day-to-day lives.

“First impression was given by pictures of the website, program (see above), and flyers of the conference: set of various women cycling. And it is not a misleading advertisement.”

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Who read World Streets where this morning?

The above map reports the locations of the 561 readers checking into World Streets over the last five days. (Of our total 7,280 registered readers as of this date.)

But what about them?  Where are they coming from?  And what do they read? Let’s have a look.

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Women, Transport and Leadership

International Women’s Day – 2018

New Mobility Gender Initiative: 2003-2028

Women, Transport and Leadership

Seizing the lead. (Not asking for permission.)

 

To fix Sustainable Transport . . . Ensure Full Gender Parity in all Decision and Investment Fora

And please note this: it is the ONLY way to get this important job done! To get the much needed results we need a hammer, not a paint brush. This leadership function cannot be passively sub-contracted to the other sex. World Streets and the New Mobility Agenda have since 1988 been vigorous proponents of full gender parity in all planning and decision counsel. In this section you will find a number of the articles that we have published arguing in favor of gender parity in recent years.

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draft for intl womean’s day 8 march??

To fix Sustainable Transport . . . Ensure Full Gender Parity in all Decision and Investment Fora  

And please note this: it is the ONLY way to get this important job done! To get the much needed results we need a hammer, not a paint brush. This leadership function cannot be passively sub-contracted to the other sex. World Streets and the New Mobility Agenda have since 1988 been vigorous proponents of full gender parity in all planning and decision counsel. In this section you will find a number of the articles that we have published arguing in favor of gender parity in recent years.

You may also wish to check out the supporting Facebook site here . * A good place to start is here – “To fix Sustainable Transport: Ensure Full Gender Parity in all Decision and Investment Fora (QED) “
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Supporting References and Tools:
An open, self-organized multi-media toolset and extension of the original Dgroups site. Designed to complement, work in parallel with and not as a substitute for the original listserv. Over the last 13 years this open collaborative program has slowly pieced together an interesting set of tools and reporting media in support of the Women, Transport and Leadership (WTL) initiative. Here is how the toolset looks as of this date.

• Gatnet (Gender and Transport )1.0. https://dgroups.org/worldbank/gatnet/
• WTL 2.0 collaborative blog: https://gatnet.wordpress.com/.
• Gender issues on the Planners Bookshelf- https://goo.gl/wkWIDJ
• Gender issues Universal Search – https://goo.gl/EOjBpI . (Extends Dgroups Search engine)
• Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/gatnet/
• LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8123470
• Twitter – https://twitter.com/e_gatnet
• Open Library – https://goo.gl/PiRO4Z
• Scholarly articles – https://goo.gl/vsI9eQ
• News – https://goo.gl/vMM3FY
• Videotec Library– https://goo.gl/6IdcHR
• Photo Library – https://www.facebook.com/groups/gatnet/photos
• GTL Member Map – https://goo.gl/FVaDGj
• The faces of Gatnet 2.0 235 Members – https://goo.gl/1dRMoY

PS. Is it easy to organize a conference or event on the topic of sustainable mobility and at the same time ensure full gender parity. Our field is substantially dominated until now (numerically if not qualitatively) by males – and that of course is one of the reasons why we are for the most part not doing a very good job at the thing we need to fix. It takes an effort on the part of the organizers to ensure full gender parity (me included by the way), but once you get the hang of it, it becomes natural and indeed satisfying. It is a higher state of social awareness and democracy. Now of course this does not solve the problems, but it gives us a great starting place.

So put this toward the top of your wish list for the rest of this year Gents. You may be uncomfortable to start with, but soon you’ll understand that you are doing the right thing.

Questions and comments to volunteer admin Eric Britton at eric.britton@ecoplan.org | Skype newmobility | tel. +336 5088 0787

HOW MOBILE ARE WE AND HOW DID WE GET HERE? (2018 New Mobility Master Class: Draft for comment)

The mobility/growth paradigm (or the mobility complex)

– By John Whitelegg, extract from his book MOBILITY. A New Urban Design and Transport Planning Philosophy for a Sustainable Future, Chapters 2 and 3. For more on the New Mobility Master Class program click here –  https://goo.gl/BB2pPE

Mobility is most commonly measured, if at all, as total distance travelled per annum per capita in kilometres and/or total distance travelled per day per capita. There are other important dimensions e.g. number of trips made per day or number of destinations that can be accessed by different modes of transport in a defined unit of time but these are not generally measured in a systematic way or included in data sets. Usually mobility is not defined. It has become a rather vague concept associated with quality of life or progress and it is invoked as a “good thing” and something that should be increased. This is very clear in most national transport policies and at the European level where major transport policies and funding mechanisms are increasingly framed.

A recent EU research and development document (European Commission 2013a) begins with the main heading “Mobility for growth.” It does not define mobility. The document is an undiluted manifesto accepting and promoting the growth of mobility and advocating the importance of this growth for the success of wider economic policy objectives, asserting the unquestioned importance of endless economic growth and ignoring the voluminous literature on the impossibility of endless economic growth and of ecological and resource limits to growth (Douthwaite, 1992, Schneidewind, 2014).

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SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY’S BITTER PILL (And why most politicians do not want to swallow it)

MAN HEAD IN SAND

Maybe it will take care of itself.

An even dozen hard facts that politicians, administrators, accountants and engineers are finding it very hard to accept – but without which they will never be able to lead the transition to sustainable mobility and a sustainable city.

Continue reading