Simon Field | 18 Feb 15:25 2012
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Re: WCN Europe annual meeting 16:00 CET today

Hi all.

Please find attached the agenda for today's WCN Europe AGM. You will find a summary of the comments received on page 3.

We will be online at the skype address wcn-icc from 16:00 CET. Please join us if you have something to add to the proposals; there is no need to do this if you agree with the proposals, as the default position is 'agree'. Of course, all European members are welcome for as long as the technology works!

Best regards,

Simon.

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Datum: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 01:58:19 +0000 (GMT)

Note: this message is intended for European Members of World Carfree Network (as of the year 2010) only

Dear carfree campaigners,
 
After many months of efforts to streamline and find new uses for World Carfree Network Europe o.s. (the legal entity registered in the Czech Republic), the Management and Steering Committees have indicated that they want to dissolve it as soon as possible. All outstanding tasks dating back to summer 2010 and ealier have been completed, leaving WCN Europe solely as a generator of administrative work, without a useful function. In addition, we did not receive any proposals to host the TCC conference in 2012 - traditionally WCN Europe has been used to channel funding for this event. The governing bodies of WCN Europe have therefore called an annual general meeting (AGM) that proposes the immediate dissolution (closure) of WCN Europe.
 
The AGM will be held via Skype on 18 February. An agenda is attached. For practical reasons we require your votes by e-mail (to simon <at> worldcarfree.net) on the two attached proposals by 12:00 on 18 February 2012. These are (i) the dissolution of WCN Europe and (ii) the distribution of its assets.
 
Please note that the closure of the registered NGO WCN Europe o.s. does not affect the current activities of the 'virtual' organisation WCN, including decentralised activities such as the website, bulletin and Carbusters Online. There are exciting plans for the future of World Carfree Network - basically starting afresh - but these are for separate discussion in the near future and approval at the next WCN Global AGM.
 
Just ask if you have any questions about what is proposed...
 
We look forward to receiving the votes, comments and other thoughts of all European Members by 18 February. After the closure of this chapter we really hope that the positive business of relaunching WCN to serve members and advance the carfree cause more effectively can begin.
 
Best wishes,
 
Simon Field
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Aaron Thomas | 26 Feb 13:19 2012
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With gas prices major problem: opportunity for carfree program

Hi everyone!


Is it not RIGHT NOW the best time to make a clear presentation or summary of the major action points for carfree cities and areas? Gas prices are causing headaches and otherwise unsolvable problems for both private citizens and their communities, cities, regions, etc.

What I would propose:

1. Make cycling 100% safe where possible, by creating segregated lanes without any contact with motorised traffic.

2. Make walking 100% safe with segregated lanes/paths, etc.

3. Lower the price of public transport especially when it is run on electricity or other sustainable energy forms.

4. Learn about the benefits of compact living for citizens and their cities, regions, etc: 
- Better economies at all levels
- Better air quality and environment
- Better health
- More room for nature to thrive
- Less energy used
- Less greenhouse gases emitted
- etc!

with good wishes,
Aaron

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Aaron Thomas | 29 Feb 08:06 2012
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Re: With gas prices major problem: opportunity for carfree program

Hi Doug!


I agree.

When I say segregated, segregated is what I mean! No contact.

In Sweden this can often take the form of entirely separated bikeways far from roads. 

Your attention to terms is therefore crucial. What terms can we develop that express the ideas we mean?

Surely we cannot go straight for a 100% carfree world, not least because car-like vehicles are needed for emergency services.

With good wishes,
Aaron

On 29 February 2012 07:48, <jagmad-sGOZH3hwPm2sTnJN9+BGXg@public.gmane.org> wrote:
Hi Aaron,

Segregated cycling is debatable. Usually the cycle lanes provided are
cluttered with street furniture, discontinuous, or transfer the problem to
shared route pedestrians. Sometimes too drivers park on or crash onto
segregated lanes. There is the feeling that segregation is often used to
prevent cyclists from getting in the way of fast motorised traffic, thus
threatening the common law right of cyclists to use public roads. Already
in Britain cyclists are banned from some sections of major public highways
and tunnels.

Surely the aim instead should be to reduce the danger presented to
vulnerable road users by traffic which is presently permitted to travel
too fast and too carelessly? Car free cities and areas of course virtually
remove the problem.

Doug.



> Hi everyone!
> Is it not RIGHT NOW the best time to make a clear presentation or
summary
> of the major action points for carfree cities and areas? Gas prices are
causing headaches and otherwise unsolvable problems for both private
citizens and their communities, cities, regions, etc.
> What I would propose:
> 1. Make cycling 100% safe where possible, by creating segregated lanes
without any contact with motorised traffic.
> 2. Make walking 100% safe with segregated lanes/paths, etc.
> 3. Lower the price of public transport especially when it is run on
electricity or other sustainable energy forms.
> 4. Learn about the benefits of compact living for citizens and their
cities, regions, etc:
> - Better economies at all levels
> - Better air quality and environment
> - Better health
> - More room for nature to thrive
> - Less energy used
> - Less greenhouse gases emitted
> - etc!
> with good wishes,
> Aaron
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J.H. Crawford | 29 Feb 15:31 2012

Re: With gas prices major problem: opportunity for carfree program


Aaron said:

>Surely we cannot go straight for a 100% carfree world, not least because car-like vehicles are needed for
emergency services.

Emergency services are a bit of a red herring. The
actual number of trips is very small and most of
the police activity can be on bikes. The number of
ambulance runs will be down significantly now that
people aren't getting hurt in car crashes. 

Except for Venice and Fes, no existing city has streets
that are too narrow for emergency services. When
we narrow the streets after cars are gone, we must
make sure not to make them so narrow that fire trucks
cannot serve all buildings. This is not difficult,
and smaller fire trucks are already in wide use in
Japan in any case.

So, there's really no reason to delay on the
conversion to carfree cities.

Best,

Joel

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Lloyd Wright | 1 Mar 13:16 2012

RE: With gas prices major problem: opportunity for carfree program

I have noticed in some car-free areas of Shanghai, the fire service is built
into the community's structure.  There are facilities with extinguishers and
hoses at certain points  in the community, which means the community members
are largely their own fire department.

It is also worth noting that these communities have no buildings taller than
three stories, which also tends to mitigate the need for more elaborate fire
protection investments.

Best regards,

Lloyd

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Subject: Re: [carfree_network] With gas prices major problem: opportunity
for carfree program

Aaron said:

>Surely we cannot go straight for a 100% carfree world, not least because
car-like vehicles are needed for emergency services.

Emergency services are a bit of a red herring. The actual number of trips is
very small and most of the police activity can be on bikes. The number of
ambulance runs will be down significantly now that people aren't getting
hurt in car crashes. 

Except for Venice and Fes, no existing city has streets that are too narrow
for emergency services. When we narrow the streets after cars are gone, we
must make sure not to make them so narrow that fire trucks cannot serve all
buildings. This is not difficult, and smaller fire trucks are already in
wide use in Japan in any case.

So, there's really no reason to delay on the conversion to carfree cities.

Best,

Joel

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Steve Atlas | 1 Mar 14:54 2012
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Do you know about a great website devoted to public transportation in the U.S?

If you have time, check out the following website that is devoted to public transportation resources throughout the United States:
     www.pubtrantravel.com. Dave Waight is providing a real service and can use our support in publicizing and using this great web site.
 
(A personal note: Many of my Car Free Journey articles and Car Free Living reports are posted on the site--the site is so good that I asked Dave if he would include them on his site.)
 
Steve

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Jason Meggs | 1 Mar 16:05 2012

Re: With gas prices major problem: opportunity for carfree program

Great idea about building in emergency capacity for communities.
Buildings can also be more fire proof.

Here in Bologna (Italy), I rarely see a fire truck, although I see
plenty of car crashes and ambulances. This contrasts with the USA
where the Fire Department is typically the first on the scene at all
emergency response, because they are fastest and generally deployed by
default.

I assume fire engines are rarely seen because the city is built of
bricks; a building on fire seems very unlikely. Good thing too as
people tend to be locked behind multiple gates and doors, and the
density means an urban wildfire could spread very quickly.

In the USA, automobile congestion is a major factor in emergency
response delays, causing additional loss of life. (In contrast there's
no delay when there's a critical mass ride when a fire truck needs to
get through, because bicyclists clear the street almost instantly,
whereas motor vehicle gridlock has no option.)

All the more support for carfree cities, even if they must be built
with bricks with hoses dangling everywhere. :)p

The original idea was to get the word out: this is an exciting idea.
Maybe easier said than done, but one must start somewhere. Is there
any energy for this? Should a committee be created? WCN was working on
identifying media contacts around the world at one point when I was on
the Steering Committee. There is so much opportunity to put the
carfree cities idea on the web now (commenting on news articles and
blogs, for instance), and there are rarely articles about the carfree
cities solution. Letters to the editor of major newspapers is an
additional approach. It just takes time, although it can be fun, and
more effective with some coordinated energy. One approach (or first
step) would be to make resources available:

* How to make a public message

* Where to make a public message

I know such things have been made many times, most NGO/NPO groups have
at least an internal one. So we could probably find some of these and
make a super global excellent one.

Then in terms of making it happen, since we can assume zero funds at
present we could maybe make a game...you get points...

Jason

On Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 1:16 PM, Lloyd Wright <lwright@...> wrote:
> I have noticed in some car-free areas of Shanghai, the fire service is built
> into the community's structure.  There are facilities with extinguishers and
> hoses at certain points  in the community, which means the community members
> are largely their own fire department.
>
> It is also worth noting that these communities have no buildings taller than
> three stories, which also tends to mitigate the need for more elaborate fire
> protection investments.
>
> Best regards,
>
> Lloyd
>
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> From: carfree_network@...
> [mailto:carfree_network@...] On Behalf Of J.H. Crawford
> Sent: 29 February 2012 22:31
> To: aaronkmthomas@...
> Cc: jagmad@...; carfree_network@...
> Subject: Re: [carfree_network] With gas prices major problem: opportunity
> for carfree program
>
>
> Aaron said:
>
>>Surely we cannot go straight for a 100% carfree world, not least because
> car-like vehicles are needed for emergency services.
>
> Emergency services are a bit of a red herring. The actual number of trips is
> very small and most of the police activity can be on bikes. The number of
> ambulance runs will be down significantly now that people aren't getting
> hurt in car crashes.
>
> Except for Venice and Fes, no existing city has streets that are too narrow
> for emergency services. When we narrow the streets after cars are gone, we
> must make sure not to make them so narrow that fire trucks cannot serve all
> buildings. This is not difficult, and smaller fire trucks are already in
> wide use in Japan in any case.
>
> So, there's really no reason to delay on the conversion to carfree cities.
>
> Best,
>
> Joel
>
>
>
>
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