Monday, January 26, 2015

When it comes to cars, the sprawl trolls "care" about poor people

post-automobile-world : "Yet even as the proposals were praised by public health officials, they raised questions about whether the Socialist mayor, Anne Hidalgo, is catering to the interests of elite city dwellers who dislike traffic over the needs of lower-income Parisians — people who live on the edges of the city and whose cars probably would not pass stricter environmental controls.

“The language chosen by the mayor of Paris to talk about her antipollution plans has the air of being more of a war against automobile owners rather than an ecological battle for the capital,”wrote Le Figaro, a right-leaning newspaper."

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Grenoble bans street ads, to replace billboards with trees

A post-automobile world?: "The French city of Grenoble will become the first in Europe to remove all commercial advertising from its streets, with the city’s Green mayor promising to replace the signs and billboards with trees and community noticeboards.

“The municipality is taking the choice of freeing public space in Grenoble from advertising to develop areas for public expression,” the office of Grenoble mayor, Eric Piolle, is cited by The Local news website."

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Romanians use public transport and walk rather than drive

Romania-Insider : "A recent Eurobarometer survey reveals that only 40% of Romanians use cars most often as a means of transportation on a typical day, below the EU28 average of 54%. Romanians are among the top three in the EU for using public transport and walking as means of daily transport."

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Passengers angered by further cuts to region’s public transport

Yorkshire Post: "PASSENGERS HAVE reacted with anger to cuts to South Yorkshire’s transport budget which include scrapping paper timetables and the closure of travel information centres as dozens of jobs are set to be axed.

The latest round of savings measures imposed by the transport executive which oversees services in Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster has put 50 jobs under threat – sending staffing levels plummeting to almost half of what they were four years ago."

Friday, December 19, 2014

Skuodas approves free public transport (Lithuania) | Eltis

Eltis: "The local council of the small city of Skuodas in Lithuania has voted in favour of allowing residents and visitors to use public transport for free.

The measure, which goes into effect from the start of 2015, means that Skuodas joins a growing group of cities which offer free public transport in some form. The most famous of these is Tallinn in Estonia (read more about Tallinn's free transport on Eltis) - whose example was an inspiration to Skuodas city officials."

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Central Paris to become car-free zone in mayor’s anti-pollution fight

RFI : "Non-residents’ private cars will soon be banned from central Paris and only clean vehicles allowed on the Champs Elysées, mayor Anne Hidalgo said on Sunday. Hidalgo outlined her plan to tackle the French capital’s high pollution levels ahead of a debate at the city council in February."