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World Streets 2012 - Focus Programs

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World Streets 2012
 –
Focus Programs
 
Page 1
2012 FOCUS PROJECTS
 
4. 2012 Share Transport Forum
 
 
SISTER PUBLICATIONS
 
COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS
 
 
NEW MOBILITY PROGRAMS
 
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
Paris. Sunday, 05 February, 2012
Building 21
st 
century institutions
 from the bottom up through
active citizenry 
We have our work cut out for us in 2012. Look at the numbers. Despitethe great efforts of the best and the brightest in leading cities andprograms worldwide, we are still losing thesustainability wars. And we are losing thembadly, whether in terms of climate,environment, resources, social justice,quality of life and, perhaps worse than therest, in terms of those key underpinnings of efficiency and economy. Efficiency,economy and . . .
equity 
are the indispensable pillars of a sustainabilitypolicy no matter what the sector. But more on that in a bit.Verdict: We need to be a lot smarter, more open to new ideas, scrutinizeour shortcomings more closely, and find the energy and daring to comeup with altogether different approaches. We have to step back andimprove our understanding not only at the level of infrastructure, systemsand modes, but also in terms of the politics and strategies of transport.At the level of the city, the country and in the international arena, where,to be frank, our performance to now has been no less than miserable.So it is going to be ... it
must 
be, a big year for all of those of us who wantto make a difference on the streets and in the lives of our cities. And forthat we are fortunate to have the support of several thousand colleagues,contributors and readers in some seventy countries worldwide (see map).To get a feel for the foundation that has been pieced together since theNew Mobility Agenda first set out to do its bit in 1988, to your left is apoint by point program summary (the links work). And if that seems like alot, please believe that this is only the tip of the iceberg. There is a greatdeal more where that comes from, and to get a grip on that your bestport of entry is World Streets itself at www.WorldStreets.org,and New Mobility Agenda at www.newmobility.org.  But now let's take a look at our work plan for 2012. And if you are readingthis piece there is a good chance that you may end up being part of it.Eric Britton, Managing director and founding editor
 
World Streets 2012
 –
Focus Programs
 
Page 2An afternoon in Barcelona
2012 FOCUS PROGRAM PROFILES
 
1.
 
WORLD STREETS : LOOKING AHEAD2.
 
NUOVA MOBILITÀ : SERVING SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT IN ITALY3.
 
STREETS OF INDIA : BUILDING A CONSENSUS FOR NEW MOBILITY4.
 
SAFE STREETS CHALLENGE 2012 : COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM5.
 
EQUITY
 –
BASED TRANSPORT SYSTEMS (MOST IMPORTANT INITIATIVE
WE HAVE EVER TAKEN.)
 6.
 
WORLD SHARE/TRANSPORT FORUM : TAIWAN, CHINA, INDIA??
7.
 
NETWORK MEDIA. (DO WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE DOING?)
 
8.
 
WHAT DO OUR READERS HAVE TO TELL YOU ABOUT WORLD STREETS9.
 
SUPPORT PROJECTS
10.
 
READERS CHOICE IN 2011 (IT SURPRISED US)
 
CONTACT US
 
Telephone:
 France: +331 7550 3788 USA: +1 (213) 985 3501
Email:
 For New Mobility Agenda: eric.britton@newmobility.orgFor World Streets: editor@worldstreets.orgOther: admin@ecoplan.org
Skype:newmobility or ericbrittonMail/Visits:
 The Commons/EcoPlan internationalLe Frêne, 8 rue Joseph Bara 75006 Paris, France
Nearest metro:
Vavin. Notre Dame des Champs
Nearest Vélib:
# 6010 - rue de Chevreuse. # 6018 - rue Michelet 
 
World Streets 2012
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Focus Programs
 
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WORLD STREETS
 
is the main communications platform for all that goes on under the New MobilityAgenda. Our challenge for 2012 is straight-forward: First to continue to stimulate and publish outstandingarticles and reports that inform, challenge, stretch the brain and inspire by example. But also to improvethe manner in which we are integrating and making use of the new media as part of this greater process.But World Streets is also a program. One in which we work with collaborators in a specific country or city,putting our energy, contacts, toolset and basic organizational structure to support the sustainable mobilityagenda in that place. In 2012 you can count on continuing steady flows of materials and articles to our on-going joint programs: (a) in Italy
 –
 
Nuova Mobilità
at http://nuovamobilita.wordpress.com/ -- and (b) in India via
The Streets of India
at www.IndiaStreets.org.  But the main thrust of our work over the year will be on the two themes of (a) Safe Streets and (b) Equity- Based Transportation Systems. More on these important cross-cutting themes just below.Our start-up projects in China, Guadalajara, Iran,and Portugal on the other hand continue to be a bit slow to get off the ground, but we are keeping them warm and adding to them as useful, awaiting the day whenthe critical mass is in place and it is finally time to really get to work. Likewise for our joint project onGender, Equity & Transport which deserves active participation and support. (It may also be useful to notethat we have created a sort of "anteroom" for each of these programs in Facebook. If you go to the mainWorld Streets Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/worldstreets youi will see links to each of these.) The content of the journal is provided by members of the editorial board and our network of internationalcollaborators, with inputs from the editor when it seems useful. All contributions, including his, are madeon an unpaid volunteer basis. You may also note that World Streets is provided to anyone who needs itwithout charge. Nor do we accept advertising, on the grounds that it is intrusive and takes up both valuablescreen and mental space. Beyond this, it is not consistent with our entire off-the-economy orientation. Asthe poet put it: free frees.
Readers accessing World Streets this morning.
 

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