OYE DELHI! PLEASE MIND THE TRAFFIC

india delhi massive traffic jamZinnia Sidhu writes from Delhi

Delhi’s mindless traffic causing breakups since Papu learnt how to drive. The BIG WHITE elephant in the city. Oho! Not Papu, the traffic silly. The unnecessary evil. I genuinely believe that Delhiiets fortunately or unfortunately spend at least 50% of their waking hours in the car listening to Radio Mirchi, while simultaneously banging their heads on the steering wheel, texting, taking Instagram worthy shots, and not to mention swearing once in a while.

Picture this.

The Ring Road’s total length is 48km and is a six-lane carriageway. This was designed to carry about 75,000 vehicles a day. But the road carries 1.6 lakh vehicles per day and is expected to carry about 4 lakh vehicles by 2016!

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World Streets Proudly Supports the 2014 World Naked Bike Ride

World Naked Bike Ride Zaragoa Spain

Well, here we go again:  tomorrow is  World Naked Bicycle Ride Day.

WNBR is an annual worldwide bike ride that highlights the vulnerability of cyclists everywhere and decries society’s dependence on pollution-based transport. It is, in the organisers’ original words back in 2004, an international clothing-optional bike ride in which participants plan, meet and ride together en masse on human-powered transport (the vast majority on bicycles, but some on skateboards and inline skates), to “deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world. The dress code motto is “bare as you dare”.

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Dead End in Brazil: Interview with Bolivar Torres, O Globo Brazil.

Brazil Sao Paulo Traffic congestion

Getting to work in Sao Paulo

This is a video transcript of a 20 November 2013 interview with Bolivar Torres, Brazilian journalist with O GLOBO, a leading Brazilian newspaper.  Topic: Notably unsustainable transportation and trends in Brazilian cities — seen from an international perspective. What to do? How to move from today’s failing and inconsistent ad hoc policies which are not getting at the roots of the problems? Perhaps toward a New Mobility Agenda?  And what in anything might be introduced in time to improve traffic and life quality conditions for all during the coming World Cup and Olympics?

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Carsharing and parking space wars in one US city

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http://www.hudsonreporter.com/view/full_story/11099123/article-Parking-space-wars-Hoboken-isn%E2%80%99t-first-city-to-grapple-with-car-sharing-and-parking-?
“E. Assata Wright is a staff writer for the Hudson Reporter Newspaper Assoc. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.”

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Poynton Regenerated: A transformative Shared Space project

The regeneration of Poynton Town Centre and its high street, Park Lane, involved a bold approach to the busy traffic intersection in Fountain Place. Martin Cassini’s short film documents the background to the project, and the dramatic changes in the fortunes of Poynton, and explores the implications for other towns and cities struggling to cope with the impact of traffic.

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Contested Streets: Four Cities, Four Ways

Streetfilms, the sharp media end of the innovative www.streetsblog.org program out of New York City, has recently put on line an excellent and thoroughly updated and extended version of a documentary originally produced in 2006 as part of the New York City Streets Renaissance Campaign. The film, “Contested Streets: Breaking New York City Gridlock“, explores the history and culture of New York City streets from pre-automobile times to present. Even now, five years later, it gets its important points across.

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