Getting away with Murder

 In memoriam 2013

Streetsblog: Doing its job year after year in New York City.

Each year our friends over at Streetsblog in New York City publish a heart-rending testimonial to the mayhem that automobiles have wrought over the year on their city’s streets and the cost in terms of lives lost by innocent pedestrians and cyclists. Putting names, faces and human tragedy to what otherwise takes the form of dry numbers, faceless hence quickly forgettable statistics is an important task. We can only encourage responsible citizens and activists in every city on the planet to do the same thing, holding those public officials (and let’s not forget, “public servants”) responsible for what goes on under their direct control.

Who is doing this job in your city?

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William Vickerey: On Principles of Efficient Congestion Pricing

William Spenser Vickerey, winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics, is considered the William Vickereyfather of Congestion Pricing. He first proposed it in 1952, for the New York City subway system, recommending that fares be increased in peak times and in high-traffic sections and be lowered in others. Elected officials considered it risky at the time, and the technology was not ready. Later, he made a similar proposal for road pricing.

This article was written in 1992 by Todd Litman, executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, to summarize some of the defining  principles set out in Vickerey’s extensive path-breaking early extensive pathbreaking contributions which in many ways defined the field. This essay can be found in its original form in the website of the Institute  at http://www.vtpi.org/vickrey.htm.

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Congestion Offsets vs Road Pricing: The quest for efficiency and equity

Matthew Bradley and Jeff Kenworthy help us to set out on our search for USA tollbooth attendenteconomic instruments that can be effective in reducing traffic congestion while leveling the playing field between cars and other transport in ways that are both efficient and equitable.  They tell us that: “A major part of the urban transport problem today is a failure from the very beginning to acknowledge that congestion is fundamentally inequitable and unfair, impractical to construct away, and therefore must be properly charged for and controlled to eliminate the transport system dysfunction which is systemic in cities today.” Recommended reading for anyone who has a serious interest in how to get the most out of economic instruments in our troubled, seriously underperforming sector.

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Universal Walking Licenses soon in Toronto (Canada)

Based on the recent article that has just appeared in the Toronto Star under the heading “Get pedestrians off Toronto roads . . .” (goo.gl/ZPRDZp). World Streets would like to express our great admiration of  our gentle painting van gogh prison courtyard-smallnorthern brothers and sisters,   Faced with these unnecessary dangers on the road, we have been led to understand  that the government and an alliance of all major political parties of the lovely city of Toronto is giving serious consideration to requiring Universal Walking Licenses for all.  These would be issued only to people who have satisfactorily completed course work and dress classes in the Toronto Walking Academies and  who have passed rigorous  final public tests on the street with Toronto’s Finest.

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Crowdsourcing Sustainable Penang – Phase 2

fb-sp-running in trafficHOW TO SUPPORT Sustainable Penang Phase 2 crowdsourcing project

For first background on the organization and purposes of the Phase 2 Penang project, which builds on the work, which is been carried out over the second half of 2013, you are invited to view a four-minute video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLBiXFkYUMQ .

To make an immediate contribution via PayPal or credit card:

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Report Extract: Penang Car Free Days

Extract from Ch. 5 of 27 Nov. 2013 report:
Sustainable Penang: Toward a New Mobility Agenda

5.1         Penang Car Free Days

CFD Function 1 – The Day: Penang is doing a fine job over the last several Malaysia Penang CFD ped 2013-logoyears in making creative use of the Car Free Day principle of closing off parts of the city to motor vehicle traffic so that people can celebrate their streets in any of a number of ways. And since the first Car Free Day in 2011 the concept has steadily expanded, both in terms of the number and size of the areas served, and in terms of their frequency.

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Carsharing in Hungary – Starting from scratch

– Csaba Mezei reports from Budapest

In the field of mobility, Hungary typifies the formerly communist countries of hungary carsahre avalonCentral and Eastern Europe. Municipal public transport is well-developed and its modal share is relatively high (e.g. 61 percent in the capital city Budapest). However, the quality of public transport systems is declining due to decreasing state subsidies. Car ownership is still a status symbol and governments are keen to placate car owners and support motorised individual transportation rather than sustainable community solutions. In cities the health impacts of transport include a high rate of respiratory decease and allergies. The situation can be expected to get worse with increasing air pollution (especially particulates), noise, and congestion.

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Malaysia : Road Traffic Accidents

Malausia road deaths 2013 - smallAccording to the latest WHO data published in April 2011 Road Traffic Accidents Deaths in Malaysia reached 8,031 or 7.85% of total deaths. The age adjusted Death Rate is 34.53 per 100,000 of population, ranking Malaysia #20 in the world. Roughly one third of all traffic accidents  have childen as the victims. Review other causes of death by clicking the links below or choose the full health profile.

Top 20 Causes of Death Malaysia

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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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World Carshare 2013 – Notes for Short Reports

carshare covered carCarsharing 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”.

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World Transport Policy & Practice – Vol. 19, No. 4

This issue of WTPP returns to some earlier themes that are central to an improved understanding of how to get things right and reduce the likelihood of paul mees -smallerwrong-headedness.  Jeff Kenworthy opens 19/4 with a robust study of 42 cities and demonstrates that car use and GDP growth are decoupling.  Helmut Holzapfel looks at  German road and motorway planning and building and shows that it is totally removed from the reality of life as lived by citizens.  Editor John Whitelegg closes this latest edition of WTPP with a critical review of a compendium of articles, Transport Beyond Oil, while in his opening editorial reminding us of the work and contributions of our greatly missed colleague Paul Mees, a world-class transport researcher and policy analyst,who  died in Melbourne on 19th June 2013, aged 52. Far too young and still so much to do.

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Key issues defining carsharing in your country?

FB xcars 28oct13In 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.

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Carsharing as an innovative collective mobility solution (Norwegian perspectives)

invisible car - 2This 2012 report from the Norwegian Center for Transport Research by  Vibeke Nenseth, Tom Erik Julsrud and May Hald provides a strategic overview of carsharing as a sustainable transport mode, worthy of attention not only in and of itself but also as a vital component that needs to be integrated into each city’s overall transportation plan.

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Car-sharing in Oslo

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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.

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Why are americans driving less? (Guess!)

Jarrett Walker, the transport planning consultant behind the Human Transit  US PIRG group cover photoblog has done all of us a favor by providing a short review on an excellent report freely available from the U.S. PIRG Education Fund Frontier Group under the title  A NEW WAY TO GO: The Transportation Apps and Vehicle-Sharing Tools that Are Giving More Americans the Freedom to Drive Less.. The PIRG report announces its colors, opening with the words . . .

Most Americans want to drive less. For some, it’s a matter of economics. Transportation is the second-largest household expenditure, after only housing, and ahead of food, clothing, education and health care. Owning, maintaining and fueling a car is a significant drain on household budgets, especially when times are tight. For others . . .

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Support World Carshare 2013/2014

Make it happen:

As you can well imagine, there is quite a bit of work that goes into a worldwide pen-guestbookcollaborative  program at this level of ambition, and to achieve the level of results that this important policy topic deserves we need help. This can take any of several forms:

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“Carsharing 2000”: Sustainable Transport’s Missing Link

Paris, 21 October 2013. How much we learned about car sharing, and more importantly sustainable eb-tallinn-statementtransport 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.

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