World Car Free Day 2014: “La femme est l’avenir de l’homme”

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Celebrating Bandung’s Car Free Day. Known as “We shot Bandung” Credit: Ikhlasyl Amal.

At a terrible time in the history of mankind, I propose to you this photograph as a message of hope and a silent clue to a better, sweeter future for all. . . agreeing as I do with the poet Louis Aragon when he wrote so long ago: “La femme est l’avenir de l’homme” (“Woman is the Future of Mankind”).

What about this? Let’s get together, you and, I to see what we can do about making this the universal theme of World Car Free Day this year . . . in as many cities and countries around the world as we can. One city at a time.

Your turn!

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Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Trained as a development economist, Eric Britton is a public entrepreneur specializing in the field of sustainability and social justice. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest work focuses on the subject of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions -- and in the process, find practical solutions to urgent climate, mobility, life quality and job creation issues. More at: http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7

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World Car Free Days Collaborative (update)

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Lyon, France. 13 May 2014

Dear Reader,

This website at http://ecoplan.org/carfreeday/ has since 1995 served as the “Journal of Record” of EcoPlan’s long term World Car Free Days project, a collaborative program which continues to this day. The site has just been updated and is  organized into two parts, as follows:

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Parallel Event: World Class Sustainable Cities Conference

WCSC 2013. Kuala Lumpur, 24 September 2013

The Real Estate & Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia (REHDA) Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (REHDA KL), the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) and the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM), are pleased to inform that the 5th International Conference On World Class Sustainable Cites 2013’ (WCSC 2013) Themed ‘Liveable Cities Are Creative & Competitive Cities’ will be held on 24th September 2013, Tuesday at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Sustainable Transport Strategies for Smaller Asian Cities

Smaller Cities in Asia: What, How Many and What to Do about it?

malaysia penang bus in trafficAs we look at the city of George Town, with a population of some 750,000 living with the city limits of ca. 120 sq/km (roughly the size of the city of Paris), one of the things that comes most immediately to mind is that, despite the significant challenges posed by the current transportation  arrangements, it is certainly not an example of a major Asian megalopolis, or even a “large city” by Asian standards. And even if we take into account the entire George Town Conurbation, the total population is just a bit more than 2.2 million.

So what can we call it? What about a smaller Asian city?

 

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