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Double Feature on Carfree Families

Gabrielle Hermann on living Carfree with kids Living carfree with small children can sometimes be a daunting task, much more so than for someone living without kids. By concentrating on carfree families with small children, cities get a critical and realistic look at where their infrastructure and policies are lacking or inadequate. In this article, […]

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The Traffic Hierarchy

One is not born a motorist, one becomes one. Mobility and class are deeply entangled. Not only because one’s potential for mobility often has to do with one’s economic position, but also because a society built on today’s mobility paradigm – automobility – directly contributes to growing economic and social differences. A society which puts […]

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Carl von Amoudi - King of greenwashed petroleum

Today Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), Carl von Linné in Swedish, is regarded almost as a saint,  “canonised” because of the scientific and cultural significance of his work. Science and Culture, together with pure untouched nature, are important ingredients in the detergent used in the phenomenon called greenwashing. That is, when corporations responsible for dirty and environmentally […]

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World Carfree Day: Interview with Eric Britton

September 22 is an important date to remember – it’s World Carfree Day (WCD). Celebrated in towns and cities all over the world, it’s a day when streets are closed to cars and open for pedestrians, pedalers, parties and pleasure. Eric Britton, a sustainability activist, international adviser and consultant on sustainable transportation, is recognised for […]

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Hit the Brakes!

The human race was built for walking speed and running speed, not driving speed. Speed is indeed a problem causing countless accidents worldwide. Another problem is the number of motorists taking to the fast lane causing heavy traffic and clogging up our streets. Stephen J. Watkins examines the impacts of speed and heavy traffic, which […]

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Take the Boots, Leave the Car

Walking is carfree. So what’s “Carfree Walking” all about you may ask? Carfree walking started as movement in the UK, aiming to encourage people who take recreational walks to use public transport instead of a car to get to the place they want to walk. Tim Woods from Car Free Walks, a UK website offering […]

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Truman City: a critical look at the discourse of densification

Today almost everyone, from the right to the left, agrees that we must build our cities denser in order to make them green. But is compact building really as good a solution as it is hyped up to be, and what kind of life are we buying into while promoting the idea of density? In […]

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Want to Lose Some Weight? Give up your Car!

A Diet Recommended by Carbusters Obesity is a growing problem and it may keep on growing if nothing is done to fight it. Car culture plays a role in this phenomenon with drivers and passengers having unhealthy diets and lacking physical activity. This is another reason to promote new models of urban planning and transportation. […]

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Travel doesn’t have to cost the Earth

“If you were to design the ultimate system, you would have mass transit be free and charge an enormous amount for cars.” Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York. We are standing at a crossroad: in order to reduce our oil dependency and make our cities climate smart, we have to change our ways of traveling. […]

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Passenger Rights and the Rise of Public Transport

Public transport is essential to the quality of life of its passengers, both as a means to move around but also to achieve a sustainable environment. Hans-Liudger Dienel, Director of the Nexus Institute for Cooperation Management in Berlin, Germany, and co-editor of Public Transport and its Users: The Passenger’s Perspective in Planning and Customer Care […]