Vision Zero: From Sweden to New York City, with Love

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Sarah Goodyear, Atlantic Citylab: What were the main barriers that had to be overcome in initially adopting Sweden’s Vision Zero strategy?

Matts-Åke Belin, Swedish traffic safety strategist:  I would say that the main problems that we had in the beginning were not really political, they were more on the expert side. The largest resistance we got to the idea about Vision Zero was from those political economists that have built their whole career on cost-benefit analysis. For them it is very difficult to buy into “zero.” Because in their economic models, you have costs and benefits, and although they might not say it explicitly, the idea is that there is an optimum number of fatalities. A price that you have to pay for transport.

The problem is the whole transport sector is quite influenced by the whole utilitarianist mindset. Now we’re bringing in the idea that it’s not acceptable…

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What do you think this is?

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Where does it come from?  And what are those responsible thinking about?

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And what are your thoughts about that target date?  2020?

Stay tuned. More follows.

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Biografia: Trained as a development economist, Eric Britton is MD of EcoPlan International, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government, business and civil society on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. His forthcoming book, “Toward a General Theory of Transport in Cities”, is being presented, discussed and critiqued in a series of international conferences, master classes, workshops and media events over 2014. (More at http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7)

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Twenty Questions to ask about Better Cycling In your City (Revised guidelines for CFD State of the City Cycling Self-Audit)

Eric Britton:

Siamo molto interessati alla possibilità di trovare diverse città italiane disposti a collaborare in questo approccio per una migliore e più sicuro in bicicletta della città. E ‘facile da organizzare, costa quasi nulla, e può essere di grande valore nella comunicazione con il pubblico, i media e il governo locale.

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

velib-guyAs original organizers of the World Car Free Days movement, we are always attentive to finding ways to make real use out of these generally festive occasions. We have been working consistently on this task since the first program announcement in Toledo Spain at a major European conference in October 1994 under the title of  “Thursday: A breakthrough strategy for reducing car dependence in cities“.  (See http://wp.me/psKUY-U9)

This year we are proposing that considering cities may give some thought to the possibility of organizing a special core Car Free Day event — specifically intended to examine, encourage and support cycling in cities.  Where they are practiced a Car Free Day is seen as an occasion to  step back and think together about how your city is doing in the challenging transition from an essentially private car-based to an equitable and efficient mobility-based society.  With this in mind we are proposing…

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World Streets Worst Practices Department: 2014 Nominations

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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

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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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Late Night Thoughts: The Art of Living Together

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

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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

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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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