Invitation to “Brussels”: European Citizens Mobility Forum on a New Mobility Paradigm, 23 March 2015

Originally posted on Sustainable Development, Economy & Democracy:

IRU Brussles report - cover photo of young womanOn the assumption that your plans may not have you in Brussels on Monday in time to join the meeting, but that you are nonetheless interested to follow the event and what might come out of it, this is an invitation for you to join the event as an “auditor”. In this capacity, all you need to do is sign in here and let us know of your interest. You will then receive the latest version of the brainstorming piece as will be discussed during the peer review session, working notes and observations of the participants, and a copy of the final wrap up report about a week later with, hopefully, a certain number  of followup steps or proposals. This will also give you an opportunity for comments and critical views which will be shared with the participants and other auditors (if we have your permssiion to do so).

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Top Twenty World Streets Postings: 2009 – 2015

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

ws-newsstandWhile you are away from the office and all the pressures on your time, here for your after-work winter reading pleasure are the twenty most read articles to appear in World Streets since opening day in 2009.  Quite a varied lot, and when your editor reads them he generally prefers to do so not at a desk but seated comfortably with a tablet or largish window smartphone in hand to take advantage of those unstructured unexpected free moments that can pop up in any day. After all, World Streets is intended for the reflective back of your mind, not the whirring over-charged front.

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Driverless cars (or End of the Road?)

Taxi?

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

xtransit-taxiThere is a revolution going on that is going to change the face of transport in and around cities in a way that no other has in the last century.  The starting point is that humble taxi that you cannot always find when you need it most —  that is to say a rolling metal box with rubber tires, a human being at the wheel, and some kind of engine propelling it along, with or without human cargo.   But this thing, this taxi as it is called, is in the process of being reinvented as a rolling, pliant always-on 21st century information system.  And of course we are looking into this closely in the pages of World Streets.

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The Uber Generation: Rogue Capitalism or Critical Paradigm Shift

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

World Streets is today kicking off a series of invited articles by authors from different countries and backgrounds, presenting their views on the topic of “The Uber Generation: Rogue Capitalism or Critical Paradigm Shift”. It is expected that this series will continue  over the months ahead. The present posting is being circulated to friends and others who have expressed interest in this particular angle of the New Mobility Agenda as an advance announcement and call for criticism, ideas and contributions.

china taxi drivers bashing taxis

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Fair Mobility: Can your city learn some lessons from Malta

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

Can your city learn some lessons from Malta when it comes to proving fair mobility for all, including those with mobility handicaps? (Lessons that they Malta  poor sidewalksthemselves are, ever so sadly, not learning. At least not thus far. ) Let me put this in other, stronger words. If your city is not giving careful attention to these equitable pedestrian issues, well you are living in a seriously underdeveloped, inequitable, third-rate city. Face it! Let us hear what Kevin Cutajar of the Gozo Federation Persons with Disability has to say on this as he goes eye to eye with government authorities on this important issue. If he does not speak up, who will?

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

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

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?

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

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

finland helsinki ashley mobility as a service

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

Stay tuned. More follows.

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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

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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Late Night Thoughts: The Art of Living Together