Thursday, May 19, 2016

Freiburg, Germany, give up your car, get #freetransit

The Guardian: "Freiburg in Germany has 500km of bike routes, tramways, and a cheap and efficient public transport system. One suburb, Vauban, forbids people to park near their homes and makes car-owners pay €18,000 for a space on the edge of town. In return for living without a car, people are offered cheaper housing, free public transport, and plentiful bicycle spaces."

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Parking economics exposes conservative hypocrisy

Adam Smith Institute: "But, the evidence doesn’t stand up. What underpricing parking actually causes is excessive congestion as the scarcity of parking spaces encourages drivers to cruise around looking for an empty space. Prof. Shoup looked at sixteen different studies, which measured cruising behaviour in the central business districts of major cities. He found that they average time spent cruising for a parking space was around 8 minutes, and that at any one time 30% of cars in the traffic flow were cruising for a parking space."

Sunday, May 8, 2016

"We don't need cars in Paris"

ibtimes : "In the first installment of the year of its monthly pedestrian and cycling days, the Champs Elysées in Paris went car-free Sunday, meeting with encouragement from tourists and locals alike. The famous French boulevard, which can hold up to 10 lanes of car traffic at its peak, was quiet of the sounds of honking and free of the smell of exhaust.

"All of Paris should be like this," one local Parisian told Agence-France Presse. "We have to stop poisoning people; we need to open up the city. There should be more public transport and more taxis, but we don't need cars in Paris.""

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Global, local leaders vow hard work against temperature rise - HeraldCourier.com: News

HeraldCourier.com: News: "WASHINGTON (AP) — International leaders and local officials on Thursday pledged to work hard to stem the rise of global temperatures by investing in public transportation and electric cars, planting trees and switching to solar energy."


Really?

Monday, May 2, 2016

Suffolk Car Free Friday: Cycle Ipswich challenging people to ditch the car one day a week during June

Ipswich Star: "“This could be in the form of car sharing, it could in the form of walking, using public transport, or it would be great if people were inspired to get on their bicycles.”

Mrs Matthew said the main benefits of the initiative would be: people living a healthier lifestyle, a reduction of traffic on the roads, participants forming a better connection with their neighbours, and less pollution in the environment.

The idea was first raised at a Cycle Ipswich meeting at the beginning of this year as members felt they needed to do something to empower people to make a change in the way they travelled."

Monday, April 25, 2016

Car pollution kills 10,000 a year in London

Greenpeace UK: "We all saw the research last year from King’s College London – commissioned by the GLA and TfL - that nearly 10,000 premature deaths are caused in London every year by exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine particulates PM2.5s. This was double the previous estimate, and very worrying. 
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Traffic congestion biggest problem in Bristol. Politicians can't think of a solution.

Bristol Post: "We asked you to tell us what should be the most important priority for Bristol's next mayor.

And you told us that traffic and congestion should be top of the list for the candidate that wins the job at the election on May 5.

We have now asked the candidates for their views on this issue and here are the responses we received from nine out of 13 of them."