World Streets and the New Mobility Agenda are strong and consistent supporters of bike sharing projects created in university settings, particularly when planned and implemented on the basis of collaboration with students and faculty. We have reported on the excellent bike sharing project at Taiwan National University, and today we are pleased to share with you information just in from the Bike Sharing Project at Makerere University in Kampala Uganda. Projects like this not only improve mobility and environment for all within the target area, but also serve to prepare future leaders.
Carsharing is most unevenly distributed over the world map. There are great extremes, running from countries like Switzerland in which it is universally known and widely practiced, to the situation of most countries on the planet where even the word is not much known. For this reason our 2013 country profiles have to be ingenious and flexible, one size will not fit all, if we are to give our readers a feel for the full range of practices and issues. Let’s have a look, starting with some “carshare basics”.
In the context of the ongoing World Carshare 2013/2014 program, we have been asked by several considering authors to provide some context and perhaps indicate some issues or questions concerning matters that our readers might be interested to know more about in order to better understand the evolution of carsharing in the target country.
This 2011 report by May Hald, Petter Christiansen and Vibeke Nenseth of the Norwegian Center for Transport Research on carsharing in Oslo gives us a good feel not only for carsharing activities in that one city but also more generally user preferences and choice factors in Norway and Scandinavia.
Paris, 21 October 2013. How much we learned about car sharing, and more importantly sustainable transport in cities, over the last decade and a half? To put that question into perspective, please find below the full text of a collaborative report prepared here in Paris with colleagues from around the world which does a pretty good job of summing up the state-of-the-art state of thinking about these matters at the end of the 20th century. Have a look and tell us what you think.
Over the last five years World Streets has published close to 100 articles looking at car sharing status and prospects in around 20 different countries on all continents. We are now undertaking to update this series, starting with an excellent contribution just in on how car sharing is developing (and developing fast) in the Netherlands which you can see today at http://worldstreets.org.
Early this morning World Streets welcomed our 3000th registered follower. After almost to the day four years of faithful service to the cause of sustainable transport, sustainable cities and sustainable lives, since the beginning of the year we have started to receive a substantial increase in these contacts. For example, even as I write this note, the number is up to 2015 (which you can confirm for yourself in the top right column). Continue reading
We have recently set up a collaborative program entitled the World Transport Policy and Practice Archives, which you can find at http://worldtransportarchives.wordpress.com/. The goal of this project is to prepare and publish in easily readable form the content of all of the editions of the Journal of World Transport Policy and Practice that have appeared since its founding in 1995, and which until now have been available only in hard-to-reach print or more recently PDF form.
The thesis behind this project is that all too often valuable information and insights that appear in book or journal from tend over time to disappear from the scene, as much as anything because they are bound between the covers of the publication. In many instances this may be a blessing, but there are others in which it can be a real loss. And in this particular case it is my personal position that in the case of the quality of insights contained within the seventy volumes that have been published over the last eighteen years, many of the articles are worth a second or more read. Hence the Archives project, which you can now find at http://worldtransportarchives.wordpress.com.
On Behalf Of Todd Edelman:
Do you miss the poster exhibition at Velo-city? Through 2007 Munich (or 2009 Brussels ?), Velo-city had a poster exhibition which served as a way to promote solutions, concepts, views and results which – for reasons of not being quite compelling enough and/or space limits, among others – could not be in the main programme of presentations and workshops. There were also comments to ECF staff that the poster sessions – a time to interact with poster-makers – were too rushed or chaotic, making it difficult for poster presenters to effectively communicate the content in their posters.
For comment: Proposed expanded communications and tool set for Gatnet
If you click here you will be taken to a gallery of close to one hundred photographs of streets in a very wide variety of cities and contexts from various parts of the world. The small map just to your right gives you a first feel for worldwide the coverage thus far, and click it you will see the map full size. Here’s our problem, the answer to which may interest some of you who have more visual propensities. Continue reading
This is a great proposal and food for thought on a very important policy topic — and I want to get firmly behind it right now. Continue reading
In today from Gordon Price and Price Tags:
Gladys We sends along a link to a remarkable set of dynamic before-and-after shots of the floods in Brisbane posted by ABC News, Australia’s broadcaster. These aerials were taken in flyovers on January 13 and January 14 – and then matched up exactly. When loaded, you can use your mouse to hover over each photo, and move the line back and forth to view the devastation caused by flooding.
Or if you want to explore the flooding in Brisbane in more detail, go to Nearmap.com, which has posted a complete layer of aerial images of Brisbane taken on the 13th when the flood was near its peak – better quality than Google Maps, actually.
Great brand, and great idea. I attach a very basic two page proposal and a rehash of the ppt, which is for the meeting with the city department head. It’s only a start, but getting late here now, so something to build on tomorrow.
All the best,
A number of us have been talking about the need for an organisation focused on research to encourage more ridesharing. Not an industry organisation for service providers, though we hope service providers will join. Not a lobbying organisation. Not a political organisation. Continue reading
We all know this old saw but this is a time and place where it is, I believe, truly worth thinking about. In this context I have three immediate questions for you:
1. Is it possible that the tragic events of the last weeks could now be turned into an opportunity to develop a new and far more sustainable pattern of mobility (and location) in Queensland?
2. Is it possible – and I certainly hope that it is the case – that a group of highly talented, highly committed Australians are already working to mobilize a collaborative effort to create a world-class strategic frame for rebuilding, redeploying and reorganizing the state’s transport and mobility system, according to a new set of principles. Because even as the waters descend now is the time. Later will almost surely be too late.
3. If you have already created or are working on creating a working group on this, may I take part? And what if anything can I do to help?
A quick reminder to start: This collaborative database looking at carsharing from a national perspective is a bit of a strange bird, but please don’t worry about it. We have a plan. Here is the data we are collecting for each as possible. Please have a look at the list of the countries for which the figures have not as yet been sent in. We look forward to hearing from you so that this joint project can serve you as well. (Again TISA is our planned PISA variant for sustainable transportation: Transport Index for Sustainability Assessment. Please get in touch if you wish to have more background on this ambitious project.) Continue reading
Dear British Friends and Colleagues,
Forgive me if I am being naïve, but based on what I am reading and hearing it strikes me that there is a major crisis abuilding for sustainable transport in Britain in the months immediately ahead — as a result of the coalition government withdrawing funding from a lot of mainly small and local (since they really have to be small and usually local and focused if they are to succeed) sustainable transport initiatives This strikes me as a caring observer as unfair, unsafe and unwise. Continue reading