Monday, April 30, 2012

Want to jump start the green revolution? Free public transit is the way.

Estonia's Capital Pursues Free Public Transit - Commute - The Atlantic Cities: "Tallinn, Estonia, looks set to become the first European capital with a completely free public transportation system. As the BBC reports, Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar wants his city of 416,000 to be "the flagship of the green movement in Europe." By providing free public transit for locals (visitors would still pay), city government believes car usage will decrease enough to make it worthwhile."

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Party for free public transport continues to grow in Germany

Pirates raiding German politics - Chicago Sun-Times: "The tremendous success has doubled the Pirates’ membership to 25,000.

About 1,500 members gathered at a party convention Saturday in Neumuenster to discuss the group’s growth. New polls predicted it would win seats in two more state legislatures in May. Forecasters expect it to secure about 9 percent of the vote in both states."

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Yevgenia Chirikova Honored - Robert Amsterdam

Yevgenia Chirikova Honored - Robert Amsterdam: "Despite the government’s continued efforts to suppress the movement, Chirikova has succeeded in garnering widespread support from a diverse range of interest groups. Even the Moscow chapter of the Russian Federation of Motorists, an unlikely ally for an environmental group, has joined their efforts to fight the construction project. Defend Khimki Forest’s first rally amassed a crowd of 5,000 people—one of the largest public environmental protests in Russian history—and gathered more than 50,000 signatures."

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Riga City Council approves free public transportation for school children

Riga City Council approves free public transportation for school children: "RIGA - During the session of the Traffic and Transport Affairs Committee on April 10, Riga City Council members supported Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs’ (Harmony Center) motion to introduce free public transportation for school children in grades 1-12 as of Sept. 1, 2012, reports LETA.

The opposition, however, emphasized that vocational education students should also be able to use Riga public transportation free of charge.

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German city seeks to woo drivers with free public transport | theSundaily

German city seeks to woo drivers with free public transport | theSundaily: "BERLIN (April 10, 2012): The eastern German city of Leipzig began a four-day offer of free public transportation to drivers Tuesday in a bid to wean them off their cars for good, transport authorities said.

Citing high petrol (gasoline) prices, snarled traffic and greenhouse gas emissions as deterrents to taking cars to work, local bus, rail and tram service providers banded together to offer what they called a better option to commuters."

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Yo no pago. Free public transport in Spain

The Spanish 15-M movement deepens its civil disobedience, with a dash of Gene Sharp / Waging Nonviolence - People-Powered News and Analysis: "Spanish activists associated with the May 15 movement began a new campaign, Yo No Pago (I Don’t Pay), inviting fellow citizens to practice civil disobedience by not paying for public transport. "

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