Helsinki EBT project announcement
1 March 2012 Page 1
For release: 1 March 2012 Dateline: Helsinki, FinlandSource: Helsinki Department of City Planning and TransportationContacts:
Eric Britton,Tel. +331 7550 3788 firstname.lastname@example.org Skype: newmobility
Helsinki . 1 March 2012
Today is opening day of the Helsinki 2012 Equity-Based Transportation Peer Review Program, thefirst in what we hope will become a mutually reinforcing chain of pioneering city projects queryingthe implications of reviewing and eventually restructuring of their city and regional transportationarrangements around the principle of equity.The program is being carried out under the leadership of the Helsinki City Planning andTransportation Department/ over the period 15 Feb. though 13 April 2012. The initial programannouncement and draft work plan are available on World Streets/Equity at http://wp.me/p2abHZ-2vg -- with latest details and updates available on the EBT site athttp://equitytransport.wordpress.com/ . The next two weeks key on an organizational and contact program in Helsinki to lay a firm base forthe main public stage of the program, which runs from 14
28 March. The immediate task at handis to decide on, then contacting and preparing a group of twenty peer review sessions, lead by theHelsinki City Planning Department in cooperation with World Streets. Each session is beingorganized in cooperation with a cross-section of stakeholder groups working in a broad array of thekey related areas, including environment, city planning, architecture, transport operators, taxes andfinance, consumer economics, transport of special groups, cycling, pedestrians, public transportusers, elderly and handicapped, representative of underserved areas, mobility of unemployed andlow income groups, climate, etc. (See http://wp.me/p2abHZ-1zd for details of groups).
We are also organizing critical reviews with and inviting comments from groups and interests,including business and automotive groups and lobbies, who may
be favorable to theseconcepts or this approach -- on the grounds that in a democracy all voices need to beheard. Another key group with whom we hope to be in close touch are a selection of those involvedin or who have closely followed Finland's world-level educational reforms and notableachievements over the last years in which the primal of equity has been put at the heart of thenation's school system. As organizers we feel that there is much to be learned from thisextraordinary experience and achievement.