Simon Field | 1 Apr 10:54 2010

Applications to host TCC X in 2011

Dear carfree crusaders,

WCN has received one hosting proposal for the TCC X conference in 2011: this is from Ciudad para Todos in Guadalajara, Mexico (see attached). The Steering Committee now invites you to comment on the proposal by the end of April.

Thanks to Etienne and the Guadalajara team for submitting their application.

Regards,

Simon.


From: Etienne von Bertrab <etiennevon-PkbjNfxxIARBDgjK7y7TUQ@public.gmane.org>
Date: Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 3:32 AM
Subject: RE: Applications for TCC X
To: ebeyazit-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org
Cc: Negro Soto Morfín <nln_negro <at> hotmail.com>, "felipeno-/E1597aS9LQAvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org" <felipeno-/E1597aS9LQAvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>


Dear Eda and members of the Steering Committee,

Please find attached our proposal for hosting the X Conference. We will keep our fingers crossed ;)

Saludos,

Étienne von Bertrab

PS. It seems that I'm permanently confused with the issue of the distribution lists. I will appreciate confirmation that the proposal has been received by the SC.

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Simon Field | 8 Apr 12:02 2010

Travel to TCC IX in York

Dear carfree friends,

Registration for TCC IX in York - 28 June to 1 July - is still open, and you can find a detailed provisional programme here:
http://www.worldcarfree.net/conference/programme_full.php

If travelling from mainland Europe, see our advice on this page:
http://www.worldcarfree.net/conference/travel.php
and the ever-useful http://www.seat61.com.

You can already make bookings on coaches and Eurostar to London - the train through the Channel Tunnel from France and Belgium - right through until the end of July.

If travelling from or via Germany, try buying a London-Spezial train ticket through Deutsche Bahn. These are available until Thursday 8 July. Tomorrow they will be available until 9 July and so on... always 92 days in advance. These tickets are sold as singles, so book the outward journey as soon as possible to be sure of picking up a ticket for €55 (lowest price) from any station in Germany (plus Basel and Salzburg) to London. These tickets include the Eurostar journey through the tunnel and are excellent value.

Alternatively InterRail may offer the best combination of price and flexibility - but remember you need a separate Eurostar ticket (at a discounted price) for the Tunnel bit.

British train tickets (including combined Eurostar from Paris, Lille or Brussels to London + London to York tickets) are currently available until 2 July. I expect tickets for travel up to 9 July will go on sale next Thursday (15 April). Book early to pick up a single ticket from London to York for 10 pounds!

It isn't possible to compare all the deals on one website, but if you write to me off-list I will try to find you a good bargain.

Regards,

Simon.
Carfree UK and TCC IX organising committee.

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Looking for volunteers!

EVS volunteer position opening: Spend one year in Prague helping the carfree movement!

Interested in Carfree cities? Sustainable transport? Cycling activism? Urban design? Streets for people? Want to go abroad and experience something new and exciting while working for an NGO? If yes, then apply for the one-year EVS volunteer position. (Read about EVS here: http://ec.europa.eu/youth/youth-in-action-programme/doc82_en.htm)

We offer 2 EVS positions that are matched with individual volunteers according to their personal preferences and abilities. All volunteers are trained and coordinated by the project coordinator. Our office language is English.

Volunteers can help with: assisting with the production and circulation of Carbusters magazine and/or World Carfree News. Specific tasks are theme development, solicitation of articles and graphics, article research, writing, editing, page layout/graphic design, pre-press work, mailing and work on Carbusters.org website, learning to use specific computer software/research and graphic design techniques, responding to requests from youth groups in the network and working on developing the publication based on the wants and needs of youth city-traffic groups across Europe.

A major factor when choosing volunteers will be their interest in issues of sustainable transport, traffic, urbanism, environmental issues and the World Carfree Network Czech Republic project in general, also fluent English is essential. We prefer creative, selfmotivated, responsible and independent volunteers, but also with a good ability to work in a team. Age of the applicants should be 18-30. Graphic design/web design, editing, writing, project management skills are welcome.

The first EVS volunteer is suppose to start the project in the beginning of September 2010, the second one - in the beginning of December 2010. If you are interested, please send your CV and motivation letter to info-eIl3k1piWmly0T758RiaJg@public.gmane.org before 30th of April 2010

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World Carfree News | 13 Apr 20:42 2010
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Youth Exchange in York, June 23-26

Youth Exchange in York, June 23-26

"3E by World Carfree Network Europe – A capacity building seminar for young NGO leaders to equip, encourage and to empower the youth on their rights and role as citizens in a democracy."

What this means in practice is 30 young people interested in equality, environment, urban planning and sustainable transport gathering in York, UK, for four days of workshops, seminars and discussions.

During these days we will present and discuss the theory about the traffic power hierarchy. A structuralist way of looking at the city and the problems with cars and automobility. The participants will be working round this topic in small groups, exploring the city of York and in the end of the seminar each group are going to present one example of the traffic power hierarchy that they have found on the streets.

Our intention is that the participants will learn a new way of understanding and working with transport issues in their home cities and develop their thoughts around the topic.

The participation fee is 50 €, 100 % of the accommodation and food costs and 70 % of the travel costs will be covered.

Please visit http://www.salto-youth.net/find-a-training/1700.html or send us an e-mail for further information.

If you would like to attend please send a motivation letter and an estimate of your travel costs to info-eIl3k1piWmly0T758RiaJg@public.gmane.org

 


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[world-carfree-news_eng] World Carfree News #77 - April 2010

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WORLD CARFREE NEWS >>>
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Edition 77 – April 2010 – English version
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Contents:

QUOTATION OF THE MONTH

WORLD CARFREE NETWORK ANNOUNCEMENTS

- WANTED: Carfree volunteers to the WCN office in Prague
- 3E Youth exchange in York (June 23-June 26, 2010)
- Towards Carfree Cities IX, York, UK (June 28-July 2, 2010)

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

- Call for abstracts!
- Walk to Work Week (April 26-30)
- Cycling and health in an ageing society (June 9-10 in Odense, Denmark)
- Ecotopia Biketour 2010
- Velopalooza (June 4-13, Vancouver, Canada)
- European Mobility Week (September 16-22)
- Sustainable transport conference (June 8, London, UK)

IN THE NEWS 

- Cycling coming to Google Maps
- New green bike line in San Francisco
- Road safety
- One less car park in Zagreb 
- Congratulations, Streetsblog!
- Want to help European Investment Bank?
- "Anti-homeless" bus bench design draws complaints
- About commuting
- Always space for cars

REPORTS

- Freeways responsible for emptying out cities

MEDIA & NETWORKING

- Huge Hungarian Critical Mass
- Survey for women on bikes
- One year of carfree living

CURIOS

- Car sharing ftw!
- Car-eating robosaurus
- First bike ever?

SUPPORT WORLD CARFREE NETWORK

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QUOTATION OF THE MONTH >>
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"Suburbia became a pure autotopia; a society perhaps more locked up in remote
dependence than anything ever seen before."

- Erik Berg in the latest issue of Carbusters Magazine
Read the full article here: http://carbusters.org/2010/04/14/truman-city/
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WORLD CARFREE NETWORK ANNOUNCEMENTS >>
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- WANTED: Carfree volunteers to the WCN office in Prague
Interested in Carfree cities? Sustainable transport? Cycling activism? Urban
design? Streets for people? Want to go abroad and experience something new and
exciting while working for an NGO? If yes, then apply for the one-year EVS
volunteer position. The first EVS volunteer is suppose to start the project in
the beginning of September 2010, the second one - in the beginning of December
2010. If you are interested, please send your CV and motivation letter to
info <at> worldcarfree.net before 30th of April 2010
http://worldcarfree.net/about_us/europe/jobs.php

- 3E Youth exchange in York (June 23-June 26, 2010)
During these days we will present and discuss the theory about the traffic
power hierarchy. A structuralist way of looking at the city and the problems
with cars and automobility. The participants will be working round this topic
in small groups, exploring the city of York and in the end of the seminar each
group are going to present one example of the traffic power hierarchy that they
have found on the streets.
If you would like to attend please send a motivation letter and an estimate of
your travel costs to info <at> worldcarfree.net 
http://www.salto-youth.net/find-a-training/1700.html

- Towards Carfree Cities IX, York, UK (June 28-July 2, 2010)
We've said it before, but now it's getting close, the ninth TCC Conference! The
theme is "How Do We Get There?" focusing on bringing carfree communities to
life. The conference will include lectures and workshops, study tours and
active street conversion exercises, as well as active discussion on building a
sustainable future. You'll want to register as soon as possible, as
accommodation is filling up quickly. We can also definitely arrange a home stay
for you if you register in April.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email
york <at> worldcarfree.net. For more information on Towards Carfree Cities IX, visit
http://www.worldcarfree.net/conference/.
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GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS >>
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- Call for abstracts!
The 7th Cycling and Society Research Group symposium to be held at the
University of Oxford on Monday 6th September 2010 are making a call for
abstracts.
It can be up to 300 words by the deadline of Friday18th June 2010 and should be
sent to tim.jones <at> ouce.ox.ac.uk. Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of
members of the Cycling and Society Research Group and notification of
acceptance will be sent via e-mail to the corresponding author by Friday 16th
July 2010.

- Walk to Work Week (April 26-30)
Don't miss Walk to Work Week! The theme for this year's event is 'Get fit
without the hassle. Try walking to, from or during work.' It doesn't sound too
hard, let's just hope it's not raining...
http://www.walkingworks.org.uk/walk-to-work-week-2010

- Cycling and health in an ageing society (June 9-10 in Odense, Denmark)
AENEAS is a new European project in the framework of the Intelligent Energy
Europe (IEE) programme. Its acronym stands for "Attaining Energy-Efficient
Mobility in an Ageing Society." Their field is urban mobility of older people
and this June they're arranging the fourth AENEAS training workshop on
“Cycling and health in an ageing society”. 
http://www.aeneas-project.eu/?page=odensetrainingworkshop

- Ecotopia Biketour 2010
The Ecotopia Biketour is continuing to ride this summer in Europe! The exciting
news is that in 2010 it will start at the Towards Carfree Cities Conference in
York, England, then visit the Camp Action Climat in France, head through
Belgium and end at the Klima Camp in Germany. Theme for this year's tour is
Climate Justice.
http://www.ecotopiabiketour.net

- Velopalooza (June 4-13, Vancouver, Canada)
Velopalooza is a 10 days bike festival that offers many different activities
including a Superhero Ride! Check out the full programme at
http://www.velopalooza.ca/

- European Mobility Week (September 16-22)
This is a huge thing with different activities all over Europe. There is also
an award of the event, 2009 it went to the city of Gävle in Sweden: 
http://www.mobilityweek.eu/Gavle-Sweden-wins-European.html
http://www.mobilityweek.eu/

- Sustainable transport conference (June 8, London, UK)
ACT TravelWise is the UK’s premier network for all organisations working to
promote sustainable travel. Their Annual Policy Conference about sustainable
transport, alternatives to the car and the new role of the car should
definitely be interesting.
http://www.acttravelwise.org/events/2010/06/08
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IN THE NEWS >>
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- Cycling coming to Google Maps
Finally Google has added a layer that includes bicycle routes and trail to
their online map service. Very welkome and useful!
http://imaginenocars.blogspot.com/2010/03/bicycling-comes-to-google-maps.html

- New green bike line in San Francisco
"After the successes in New York City, in South San Francisco, in Portland, in
Long Beach, everywhere, they understand that painting bike lanes green is an
important aspect for both safety, and for bike rights, and making sure drivers
understand that cyclists do have a right to the road," said Marc Caswell, the
SFBC program manager.
http://tinyurl.com/y5wzmhg

- Road safety
Indian newspaper The Hindu about the U.N. resolution for road safety. In India,
death and disability from accidents have been rising steadily in tandem with
motorisation; and the majority of victims are pedestrians, cyclists, and
two-wheeler riders.
http://beta.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/article257532.ece

- One less car park in Zagreb 
On March 22 Croatian media announced that municipal company Zagrebparking has
pulled out of a controversial project to build an underground car park under
the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. The news came after the Zagreb city
assembly on 18th March adopted a set of conclusions aimed at stopping the
future destruction of the city centre by projects such as the Cvjetni luxury
flats, shopping centre and underground car park development currently being
vigorously resisted by Green Action and the Right to the City initiative (see
CB 31 and the new edition). 
http://www.nedamovarsavsku.net and www.zelena-akcija.hr

- Congratulations, Streetsblog!
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has announced that Streetsblog San
Francisco and SFBC volunteer Michael Helquist are the recipients of this year's
Golden Wheel Awards for "intelligent journalism that is leading the
conversation and helping more people understand the connection between
bicycling, great streets and a livable city".
http://tinyurl.com/y34fyxn

- Want to help European Investment Bank?
For the first time ever, after pressure from civil society organisations, the
European Investment Bank - the EU’s house bank - is holding a consultation on
its new transport lending strategy.  
Interested organizations and individuals are invited to comment on the Issues
Paper published at: http://tinyurl.com/y55ns3e
If anyone would like to give co-ordinated input with CEE Bankwatch Network
(http://www.bankwatch.org), contact annar (AT) bankwatch.org or pippa.gallop
(AT) bankwatch.org.

- "Anti-homeless" bus bench design draws complaints
Chengdu in China is trying what must be one of the most stupid and cynical ways
to end the homelessness: A bus bench that's impossible to sleep on.
Unfortunately (or fortuneately) they're no good to sit on either. 
http://www.chinahush.com/2010/03/29/the-anti-homeless-bus-stop-benches/

- About commuting
Streetsblog commenting on a column in the New York Times that says commuting is
making people miserable. It's not the whole truth...
http://streetsblog.net/2010/04/02/the-true-cost-of-a-miserable-commute/

- Always space for cars
Bicycle parking spaces at the Palace of Westminster have been scrapped to make
more room for ministerial cars. A spokesperson for the Environmental Transport
Association (ETA) said: “The hybrid cars used by ministers are green, but
nowhere near as environmentally friendly as bicycles. And this sets a terribly
poor example for planners responsible for the allocation of bicycle parking.”
We've only one thing to say: There are no green cars!
http://tinyurl.com/y7y22t5
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REPORTS >>
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- Freeways responsible for emptying out cities
A recent study shows that for every significant freeway that gets built in a
major city, population declines by about 18%. Read an interview with Nathaniel
Baum-Snow, author of the study, on Planetizen:
http://tinyurl.com/y5xqz2r
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MEDIA & NETWORKING  >>
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- Huge Hungarian Critical Mass
Spring is here! For all not so hardcore bikers it's time to start cykling
again. Here is some inspiration: Critical Mass in Budapest, Hungary two years
ago. Over 80.000 people on bikes, is it the worlds largest CM?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMsWObpEzSM
And if you happen to be in Budapest in April, check this out:
http://criticalmass.hu/blogbejegyzes/20100405/critical-mass-2010-04-24

- Survey for women on bikes
Are you a woman who rides a bicycle? Or are you a woman who would like to ride
a bicycle? Then the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
like you to participate in a survey about women and girls and bicycling. (If
you’re not a woman, perhaps you know a few females who fit into these
categories.) 
http://tinyurl.com/yfj2qft

- One year of carfree living
Read about how to free yourself from the car. Step by step. This blogger is
celebrating one year now. Congratulations!
http://imaginenocars.blogspot.com/2010/04/year-well-spent-one-year-spent-carfree.html
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CURIOS >>
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- Car sharing ftw!
Funny clip, but maybe they're taking it a litle bit too serious? Or not.
http://www.viddler.com/explore/failblog/videos/509/

- Car-eating robosaurus
If you have too many cars in your life, maybe you should buy this car-eating
robosaurus? It's so cool, amazing pictures!
http://jalopnik.com/tag/robosaurus/
http://io9.com/341419/buy-yourself-a-truck eating-robocar

- First bike ever?
A Chinese historian has recreated what he claims was the first pedal-powered
cycle ever invented - which he says was in use over 2,000 years before the
first western bicycle.
http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/818853-was-this-the-worlds-first-ever-cycle
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SUPPORT WORLD CARFREE NETWORK >>
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defending our right to a sound, sustainable future. For donating and joining as
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Randall Ghent | 19 Apr 16:38 2010
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Re: Youth Exchange in York, June 23-26

Dear all,

I'd just like to add a few details to this earlier announcement:

- Participants must be aged 18 to 30 and should be citizens or residents of the European Union.

- Participants will receive 20% off Towards Carfree Cities conference registration, as well as 70% of return travel costs, so it's a great way to get to the conference affordably.

- The deadline for applications is 27 April.

- Please spread the word to anyone who you think might be interested.

By the way, we've recently emailed everyone who has ever attended a Towards Carfree Cities conference or World Carfree Network international event. If you did not receive that email, please send me your email address so we can update our records. We also have a Facebook Group 'Towards Carfree Cities IX - York 2010' that you can join.

Thanks,

Randy



On Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 7:42 PM, World Carfree News <bulletin <at> worldcarfree.net> wrote:

Youth Exchange in York, June 23-26

"3E by World Carfree Network Europe – A capacity building seminar for young NGO leaders to equip, encourage and to empower the youth on their rights and role as citizens in a democracy."

What this means in practice is 30 young people interested in equality, environment, urban planning and sustainable transport gathering in York, UK, for four days of workshops, seminars and discussions.

During these days we will present and discuss the theory about the traffic power hierarchy. A structuralist way of looking at the city and the problems with cars and automobility. The participants will be working round this topic in small groups, exploring the city of York and in the end of the seminar each group are going to present one example of the traffic power hierarchy that they have found on the streets.

Our intention is that the participants will learn a new way of understanding and working with transport issues in their home cities and develop their thoughts around the topic.

The participation fee is 50 €, 100 % of the accommodation and food costs and 70 % of the travel costs will be covered.

Please visit http://www.salto-youth.net/find-a-training/1700.html or send us an e-mail for further information.

If you would like to attend please send a motivation letter and an estimate of your travel costs to info <at> worldcarfree.net


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Karl Bär | 21 Apr 18:30 2010
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[Fwd: [internat] GYG Congress 2010 - Further Information]

Dear Global Activists!

As this might be interessting for some of you: Global Young Greens 
Congress 2010 is coming closer. The dates: 8th to 14th of August 2010; 
and the location: Berlin.

Global Young Greens Congress aimes to bring together young activists 
from all over the world, who are active in political NGOs working on 
ecology and progress in society, in green parties, etc.
For more information, have a look at the website www.globalyounggreens.org.

You will find more information provided by the preperation teams of the 
congress at the end of my mail and in the files attatchd to it.

Green Greetings,
Karl

*What can you do?*

a) Inform yourself
--> have a look at the website and get informed: 
http://www.globalyounggreens.org/wordpress/?page_id=11

b) Mobilizing
--> tell everybody you know about the congress & send out the 
mobilization letter you find attached
--> ask deputees and others that might donate money to help GYG (bank 
details are indicated on the mobilization letter)

c) Contribute
--> let us know if you want to hold a workshop (send an email to: 
gyg-info@... <mailto:gyg-info@...>)
--> inscribe to the working groups on the website in order to work on 
the programme, the restructuring, the fundraising or the website

d) Fundraising
--> look out for fundraising possibilities (see the attached fundraising 
kit for ideas)
--> buy your ticket rather now than later because it might be cheaper now
--> make sure you can pay the participation fee (€180, reduced: €30)
--> support another person by paying his/her flight

*How do we support you?

*We help you with anything you ask us - just let us know how we can help 
you!
--> invitation letter for visas
--> travel support:
    ***EXTENDED DEADLINE*** 1st of May!
    Until the 1st of May you can still apply for financial travel 
support (see documents attached)
--> everything else you do not know or you need in order to come

*For any questions, ideas or comments please do not hesitate to contact 
us (gyg-info@... <mailto:gyg-info@...>)!
*
Global Young Green Greetings!
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Simon Field | 24 Apr 17:24 2010

Re: Application to host TCC X in 2011

Hi all.

A reminder that we would welcome your comments on the TCC X conference hosting proposal submitted by Ciudad para Todos in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Here are some useful pointers:

1. What could we learn from the host city? Would the examples be replicable in other parts of the world?

2. Strength of host organisation. Potential for broad range of local partners.

3. Accessibility. Will network members be able afford the time and expense to travel to the host city?

4. Political context. Will there be local support for a Towards Carfree Cities Conference?

5. Influence on world stage? Will the location attract attention from the press?

6. Ability to inspire. Will the ambience of the city give the visitor
positive examples of public space not dominated by motorised traffic?

7. What would the conference do that's new, interesting or different compared to past conferences? Is there some idea or purpose that ties the proposal together? (is there a conference concept or theme?)

Regards,

Simon,
WCN Steering Committee.

From: Simon Field <s.d.field-qw6QB7/foO7QT0dZR+AlfA@public.gmane.org>
To: Carfree Network <carfree_network-/JYPxA39Uh5TLH3MbocFFw@public.gmane.org>
Sent: Thursday, 1 April, 2010 10:54:09
Subject: [carfree_network] Applications to host TCC X in 2011

Dear carfree crusaders,

WCN has received one hosting proposal for the TCC X conference in 2011: this is from Ciudad para Todos in Guadalajara, Mexico (see attached). The Steering Committee now invites you to comment on the proposal by the end of April.

Thanks to Etienne and the Guadalajara team for submitting their application.

Regards,

Simon.


From: Etienne von Bertrab <etiennevon-PkbjNfxxIARBDgjK7y7TUQ@public.gmane.org>
Date: Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 3:32 AM
Subject: RE: Applications for TCC X
To: ebeyazit-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org
Cc: Negro Soto Morfín <nln_negro <at> hotmail.com>, "felipeno-/E1597aS9LQAvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org" <felipeno-/E1597aS9LQAvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>


Dear Eda and members of the Steering Committee,

Please find attached our proposal for hosting the X Conference. We will keep our fingers crossed ;)

Saludos,

Étienne von Bertrab


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Simon Field | 24 Apr 17:36 2010

List guidelines

Hi all.

As the list has gone very quiet in recent months, I'd like to take the opportunity to remind everyone that we encourage the discussion of practical project ideas and the TCC conference series - see previous message - as well as calls for assistance with campaigns, consultation responses, sourcing data and reports and the like.

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Regards,

Simon.

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Marty Collier | 30 Apr 05:38 2010
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June 18: US & CDN Leaders Discuss Road Pricing

 

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Dear Carfree Colleague:
 
Congestion charging. Priced networks. High Occupancy Toll Lanes.
 
These road pricing systems are being implemented internationally in order to fight traffic congestion, reduce pollution and generate dedicated revenues for sustainable transportation infrastructure.  Yet, when the discussion begins, road tolls are usually described as “controversial”, “audacious”, “explosive” and even “radioactive”.  A recent Ontario poll has confirmed the findings of many other domestic and international opinion surveys:  the majority of citizens yearn for a much improved transportation network to serve their needs but are reluctant to pay for it in a direct manner.
 
With the help of our delegates and partners, Transport Futures has been exploring this conundrum since our inaugural forum in November 2008.  Now a perfect storm of economic, social and environmental challenges compels us to continue our non-partisan discussion by examining the critical role of leadership and road pricing.  In order to get insights from the front lines, we have invited these prominent politicians from across North America:
  • Bruce Starr, Senator & Chair, Road User Fee Task Force, Oregon State Legislature, Oregon
  • Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member, New York City Council, New York
  • Peter Fassbender, Mayor, City of Langley & Chair, TransLink Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, BC
  • Emil Kolb, Chair, Peel Region, Ontario
  • Gilles Bisson, MPP & Transportation Critic, Ontario New Democratic Party
  • Frank Klees, MPP & Transportation Critic, Ontario Progressive Conservative Party
  • Peter Milczyn, Councillor, City of Toronto, Ontario  
  • Joyce Frustaglio, Regional Councillor, City of Vaughan & Chair, York Region Transit, Ontario 
These officials, along with three others to be confirmed soon, have agreed to answer a broad range of road pricing questions, including:
  • Why do they support road pricing in the face of widespread opposition?  Why not?
  • How do they communicate road pricing benefits and/or costs to their constituents?
  • What can we learn from their varied experiences?
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear first-hand how American politicians have “taken the heat” for adding road pricing to their transportation tool kit – and from Canadian politicians who are (or aren't) considering them.
 
 
The Transport Futures Road Pricing and Leadership Summit is taking place at The Metropolitan Hotel in downtown Toronto, conveniently located just behind Toronto City Hall.
 
For further information about our exciting program, please visit www.transportfutures.ca or send an email to info-XS9+L/t3R/+cMs1VvNaljSwD8/FfD2ys@public.gmane.org. Alternatively, feel free to phone 647-340-2082.
 
Thanks very much and we look forward to welcoming you to Transport Futures 2010 on June 18th!
 
Sincerely,
 
Martin Collier                                                                               
Director, Healthy Transport Consulting     
Founder, Transport Futures                     

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