More than a decade and a half have suddenly raced by since the first public Car Free Day challenge was issued in the international transport/environment conference held under the Ciudades Accesibles program and the European Commission in October 1994 in Toledo, Spain. (For details see Thursday: – A Breakthrough Strategy for Reducing Car Dependence in Cities). Over the first seventeen years of this movement, the world has seen hundreds of cities giving the CFD approach a try in very different circumstances, some good, some undeniably bad, some of them on several occasions. That’s good, but based on the results we have seen, it is clearly not enough.
The World Car Free Days Consortium (motto: “Every day is a great day to take a few cars off the street and think about it.”). Here are a few useful references created by this program since 1994:
1. World Car Free Days Consortium Homepage: at www.worldcarfreedays.com has been updated,
2. WCFD on Facebook: Sign into the new Facebook site which provides efficient support of the group and the various updates that are
coming in — http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_132914840099269
3. Car Free Café: Still up and working since November 22 1998 at http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/CarFreeCafe/
5. World Streets on Car Free Days – http://worldstreets.wordpress.com/category/cars/car-free/
6. 2011 WCFD Quick Survey: Tell the world about your plans for 2011 at http://guestbook.sparklit.com/entries.spark?gbID=110020
All we ask is that every once in a while you climb out of your crepitating wagon and think about it.
Other key sources:
* Carbuster World Carfree Day (WCD) collaborative project is a great first-step shop at http://www.worldcarfree.net/wcfd/
* European Mobility Week program at http://www.mobilityweek.eu/ is a hotbed of useful information and links.
* And if you click to http://www.mobilityweek.eu/-Participating-cities-.html, you will see the latest list of participating towns and cities