Friday, January 24, 2020

People want to live where conversation not drowned by traffic noise

...A strong Limerick city is built on strong social ties and communities. We need to build a city that prioritises social connection, that allows Limerick people interact with each other in a pleasant and healthy city centre. The best social places work when you interact with your community without realising you are doing so, where it is natural to share a conversation or a joke with a neighbour without worrying about traffic or noise.

Before we can start such an overhaul of our city centre, we need to decide on where and how the city will grow for the next generation. The city should not repeat the mistakes of other cities across Europe, which were allowed to sprawl without thought for the consequences of such sprawl. People want to live in strong vibrant communities and we know that unthinking sprawl has been detrimental to communities across Europe. It is hard to know your neighbour when you do not have the time to spend getting to know them because you spend too long in traffic or because your local street is an unpleasant place to stroll around. When we talk about Limerick city, we mean a city all of us calls and considers home, in the best sense. We can learn from other cities on how Limerick can build on its already strong communities into an even better city to live in....
http://www.brianleddin.ie/2020/01/people-need-to-be-at-the-heart-of-urban-strategy/ 

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Cork TD calls for free and frequent public transport #freepublictransport

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Switzerland -- a step toward #freepublictransport?

“Rytz’s plans are going in the right direction”: the first step towards free public transport?
The green idea of ​​the 1000-franc GA travelcard for young people up to 25 years is well received even by ordinary people. National Councilor Cedric Wermuth, candidate for the SP Co-Presidium, is aiming for a system change in the medium term.
https://www.en24.news/2020/02/regula-rytzs-plans-the-first-step-towards-free-swiss-public-transport.html 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Student in Romania to ride fare-free

Starting with the 2020-2021 school year, students will circulate free of charge based on the student booklet, endorsed by the school unit, meaning that the ministries involved will elaborate a draft normative act.
https://www.edu.ro/ministerul-educa%C8%9Biei-%C8%99i-cercet%C4%83rii-%C3%AEi-sprijin%C4%83-pe-elevi-li-se-va-deconta-transportul 

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Cars get unfair share of [expensive] public space

Let’s not start with cars, but let’s begin with public property, the public road. Traffic is a space issue: there are too many cars in the limited space of the road at a particular time of the day. Because cars clog up the roads, more efficient and more sociable modes of transport, such as buses and more environmentally-friendly modes of transport such as cycling are crowded out. Even where there are bus lanes, the needs of cars on the cramped roads interfere with the buses, playing havoc with timetables and undermining the service. 
A good way to look at this issue is through the lens of property rights or the lack of them. Roads at rush hours are desired by drivers the same way houses with sea views are desired by home owners.
https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/david-mcwilliams-introduce-a-congestion-charge-and-make-public-transport-free-1.4141971?

Thursday, January 16, 2020

South Yorkshire Freedom Riders call for #freepublictransport

The South Yorkshire Freedom Riders will next month present proposals to Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis to create a ‘zero fares’ policy across the entire region.
https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/traffic-and-travel/franchising-has-failed-us-all-south-yorkshire-freedom-riders-propose-zero-fare-bus-service-67271

Union of Students in Ireland calls for #freepublictransport for students

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has called on Ireland’s next government to remove the student contribution charge – at €3,000, the second-highest college fee in the EU – and advocated for free public transport for students, in its general election manifesto released this evening.
http://www.universitytimes.ie/2020/01/in-election-manifesto-usi-calls-for-an-end-to-student-contribution/