Dear Joel, I agree with most of the things you have mentioned. Yes Venice is for sure very expensive city.
I will be participating at EcotopiaBiketour from Torino or Milano towards Venice.
I guess we will be staying close to Venice at Mestre. Actually we are looking for a cheap solution as a sleeping place.
We will be there around 19th or 20th of September. I'm not sure if I will stay there for a few more days.
Here at Belgrade my NGO "Yugo Cycling Campaign" has applied for a funding of European Mobility Week Program.
If we get the approval there will be some small scale one day conference "Eco-Mobility" on 20th of September with
two international guests from EC Directory General for Environment and European Cyclists Federation.
I will inform you, or simply send you invitation when there will be certain decision about this conference.
I was thinking about meeting at Belgrade if not for this occasion but for some other opportunity to show you the city
of Belgrade which has wonderful location at confluence of two big rivers Sava and Danube.
But my hometown has so many problems with traffic congestion and one of the worst public transport systems in
the neighborhood. There has been some initiatives to make it better with introduction of new vehicles like new trams,
trolleys and buses but this is just small contribution to solution of the big problem.
Public campaigns like Rising Awareness About Choice of Alternative Transport are almost useless if there is not safe
space at the streets for cyclists. That's why we now have our traditional monthly Critical Mass "Streets for Cyclists"
organized every last Friday at 5:30 pm. We have celebrated our first birthday with around 100 participants !. Not that
much !. Well this is just the first year. But the number is still growing from month to the next month there will be more
cyclists. We want to encourage more people to leave their cars at home and ride bikes instead.
I'm eager to help and solve the problem of our network as soon as possible and continue with our collaboration in the
future. I'd like to hear your opinion about the further steps towards the consolidation of the WCN.
All the best.
> 16 May 2012 mailbox-WdiPhmTxsBdBDgjK7y7TUQ@public.gmane.org, Joel wrote:
> Responding to Justin's recent post:
> Hi All,
> So far there has seemed to be little interest in a network meeting in Venice. I'm not sure why, but I have one thought: Venice is expensive. Is that holding people back? Should we look for a low-cost alternative, perhaps near Venice, so that those attending the Degrowth conference can easily attend the WCN meeting?
> I am very discouraged these days. Nothing seems to be going in the right direction, and interest in carfree cities actually appears to be declining despite the improvements they offer for so many of the problems from which we suffer. I really don't have any idea any more what we should be doing. I would like to gather with some carfree supporters soon, somewhere. We need to discuss what to do next.
> >Here is another attempt to insert some life into this list (as well as network). This September 19-23 there is going to be a conference in Venice, Italy on Degrowth. This is an important movement that has gained traction in the past few years (some of you may have read about Francois Schneider and his 14 month walk with donkey in France, in one issue of Carbusters). you can learn more about the conference at <http://www.venezia2012.it/?lang=en>http://www.venezia2012.it/?lang=en. (can also register there)
> >Venice is also the glorious example, par excellence, of a carfree city and beautiful carfree spaces, that all of us in the network like to gush about. Well, there has been some talk among a few of us, of getting carfree people to attend the conference, and using the opportunity to spend a little time (ideally after the main conference) of planning for future ways that WCN can play a role in shaping sustainable mobility and moving forward the carfree concept, in light of the closing of the Prague office closed last year.
> >Take this then as a call to see who is interested and would like to attend, or help plan a mini-event and get-together. It will be great to see some old carfree activists come together, but it can be equally super if some fresh faces show up. Anyone interested, please speak up! (either on-list or off-list)
> >Also in the planning is the ecotopia biketour, which will travel by bike from Spain through France to Italy, ending up at the conference. Then there is a group who want to walk a stretch to the conference, with a donkey entourage, just like Francois all those years ago (Francois btw, will also be present, at least at the conf) . I've heard also about a regatta with rowboats... So in a word, there is hope to do some action, such as a critical mass ride, or something else that we could organize. I think it could be great if an action could take place that would specifically bring the carfree nature of Venice to light, support and promote that aspect of the city.
> >So, here is the question, what are any of your action ideas for such an occasion? I know that if Joel comes, he'll take a video or three. What else could we do? perhaps use the occasion as a scene for a statement broadcast worldwide? some media action? theatrical or otherwise? in Venice we wouldn't so much protest AGAINST something as FOR it...
> >if anyone wants to discuss this here, would be great, we still have a little bit of time... also, if enough momentum develops, we can migrate to a smaller discussion forum. As other groups such as biketour are planning actions, we could coordinate something together. I have contact with the conference organizers and am also looking for more contacts to local institutions or groups. would be nice to hear from any italians on the list..
> >looking forward to a response or two!
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