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30 Car-Free Years: Cycling Pumps Money into My Wallet

I’ve been wanting to write this article for awhile:  how cycling can change your spending habits.  I should know –I haven’t lived in a household with a car for over the past 30 years. Yup. It really has been a car-free joy “ride” to financial liberation. I have been cycling  over the past 19  years.  […]

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WHAM!

In 1993, in central London, I witnessed an upsetting accident. I didn’t see what happened, but … I heard it. On the pavement, mid-street, when, suddenly, close to my shoulder nearest the gutter - WHAM!  Forceful enough for me to believe, fleetingly, that I’d been struck. I  stopped and turned. A man lying in the […]

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Global Renaissance

When modern humans began creating settlements that could flourish because their people were farming the land, a remarkable growth of culture began to occur.  Before the development of farming, modern humans were hunter/gathers that spent much of their time looking for food.  Agriculture made it possible to provide so much food that methods of preserving […]

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Towards Carfree Cities X: What happened in Guadalajara from 3 to 10 September 2011?

This year’s World Carfree Network Conference was organized by the dynamic and fast growing city of Guadalajara, under the title Towards Carfree Cities (Hacia ciudades libres de autos), and with the support and management of two local activist groups, Ciudad Para Todos and GDL en Bici. I was invited to provide the opening keynote address […]

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PARK(ing) Day

One day a year, in cities throughout the country, parking spots take on a whole new meaning. Simply by paying the parking meter and rolling out some grass, residents claim these spaces as public parks—and have their say about how small but precious pieces of urban real estate are used. Source: http://www.yesmagazine.org/

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Carless Single Mother

Going carless for me was not so much a socio-political decision as it was happenstance. The transmission in my beloved 1996 Toyota Camry couldn’t take it anymore and keeled over. I had very recently become a single mother; my son at the time was just a little over a year old. I couldn’t afford a […]

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Are Cars Really Our Greatest Mistake?

Definitely. But let me to qualify that just a little. I don’t mean Man’s greatest mistake ever. And I don’t count human foibles or innate weaknesses as mistakes. What I am talking about is our ongoing rational choice, right now, to spend our physical resources, time and creative energy doing one thing rather than another. […]

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New York Summer Streets

This summer, for the fourth year in a row, Summer Streets has temporarily closed Park Avenue and connecting streets from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park to motor vehicles on three consecutive Saturdays in August (August 6, 13, & 20).

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Bangkok in Brief

In Bangkok for a short spell, I find myself frequently looking out the window of my hotel to watch the traffic moving slowly down the narrow soi (lane). There are taxis, passenger cars, tuk-tuks and motorcycles, a surprising number of vans and SUVs, vendors pushing carts loaded with rambutan, people riding bicycles, and many people […]

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The Spanish Transport System

“Is there anyone who does not want a car?”  This was the banner beside a new car displayed at the entrance of the old town pedestrian area of Santiago de Compostela last Christmas. This small city in the northwest of Spain has one hundred thousand inhabitants. It also has one hundred thousand cars entering the […]