World Streets Worst Practices Department: 2014 Nominations

Originally posted on World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities:

wswp 2014 NomineeFor the last several years the internationally fabled Worst Practices Department has its place in World Streets and the world more generally because when it comes to transportation there has never been a shortage of flakey ideas.

But what we are looking to draw attention to here are not just the little stuff that may be the joy of an intrepid inventor with blinders on or group of gung-ho supporters fearlessly attached to some favorite notion, but the kinds of wrong-headed mega projects that often keep popping up in many parts of the world, sold hard by their sponsors and (if I may) fellow travelers -;)

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World Streets Worst Practices Department

Originally posted on World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities:

France-city of the future le corbuIn a world in which considerable attention is given to the concept of “Best Practices” (careful there!), World Streets has since our founding in 2009 drawn attention from time to poor, desperately poor and even pernicious practices in the field of cities and transportation — in what we call our Worst Practices Department. Worst Practices has its place in World Streets and the world more generally because when it comes to transportation there has never been a shortage of flakey, often even dangerous ideas.

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Weekend Wierdness: “Where Can I Buy Eric Britton?”

Originally posted on World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities:

eric britton strange non bookNormally your editor tries very hard to keep all postings here focused on the important topics which you will find introduced in our Mission Statement, but here exceptionally is a more personal short story which raises some puzzling problems. And I may not be the only one in our extended sustainability family who has run up against this particular weirdness.

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Obligatory National Cycling License (a Modest Proposal)

Originally posted on Network Dispatches:

World Streets and together with a number of our readers and supporters, including city cyclists and others  working in the sector, UK cyclist traffichave decided to take a public position that around the world the appropriate agencies and legislative groups, city by city and country by country, step forward one at a time and when they are ready to pass into their law a requirement that certain road users must take and pass a rigorous National Cycling License examination.

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Rethinking Mobility in Penang

Originally posted on World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities:

FB  Penang announcement Fortunately Penang does not have to start from the beginning and all by itself reinvent its presently troubled transportation arrangements to create a beautiful and sustainable city. There are many cities in different parts of the world who have in the past addressed these same challenges, patiently, consistently and with continuity and excellent results. So in many ways there is nothing new; it all depends on how you put it together. And it is these cities and these projects that provide examples for Penang. All of these examples taken together constitute what we call the New Mobility Agenda. Let us have a look as been learned over the last three decades in these “cities that are rethinking themselves”.

You are invited to inspect the Sustainable Penang: New Mobility project at http://sustainablepenang.wordpress.com.

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A New Moment for Carsharing in the Netherlands

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Over the last decade carsharing has increasingly proven itself to be an effective mobility option, serving for well more than 1000 cities on all continents. A key element of an integrated mobility strategy for people and for cities, it is a thrifty transport mode and largely self-financing.

netherlands carshare green wheelsPeople choose to carshare not because they are obliged to, but because it offers a choice. They do it because they see it as a better, more economical way to get around for a portion of their trips. Properly positioned it has shown that carsharing can offer significant potential for energy savings, pollution reduction, space savings on the street, and reduced requirement for expensive public investments in infrastructure to support cars and/or conventional public transport.

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Reading World Streets in Translation

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Have you ever had the opportunity to meet someone who has a lot to say about translation globe - ineedtranslationsthings that interest you very much, but who does not particularly well master your best language. What happens? Well, it depends on your personality type. Many people, perhaps most of us, would probably find it just too uncomfortable to try a real conversation, so after a bit of time either move respectfully into a mutual silence or venture to make a simple point from time to time on the grounds that this is about the best you can do.

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Victoria Transport Policy Institute. Spring 2014 Newsletter

Originally posted on World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities:

This carefully compiled seasonal report from Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute is a fine tool and up to date source guide for researchers and policy makers worldwide. We are pleased to present it in its entirety here, together with references you will find handy to take these entries further. Thanks for your continuing fine work Todd.

canada vicgtoria ped crossing in rainPedestrian crossing in Victoria 

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Signals, Perceptions, Behaviour: Questions, Blurs & Clues

Originally posted on World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities:

In transportation circles, most often in Europe and North America but not uniquely there, we often brain2hear the term “behavior modification”, which is usually brandished as something that somebody else has to learn to do and cope with. More often than not this matter of behavior modification crops up when it comes to  considering how, when and where people drive cars. But we can also hear about it with reference to pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers and street denizens. And as we can see from the results, this matter of behavior and modification turns out to be quite a challenge. We are opening up the pages of World Streets and others of our projects and work to these discussions over the course of 2014.

- – – > Click here for more  on behavior and choice from World Streets

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Zero Fare Public Transport in Tallinn shows a way

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The topic of “free public transport” (FPT), or better yet “zero fair public transport” (ZFPT), is one that has gotten considerable attention here in World Streets over the last several years, on the grounds that it is an extremely rich concept which is worthy of careful attention. If at first humanistic and caring glance it appears to be a great and just concept, the fact is that like much of life it is more than a little complicated. Let us have a look at a recent article which first appeared in the pages of our sister publication Citiscope, which we reproduce here with their and the author’s permission. ZFPT in Tallinn, an insider’s view
estonia tallinn bus fpt

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