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Campaign for European Night Trains!

Please join the protest this weekend (and beyond) when so many European night trains will be scrapped. An e-mail campaign with protests to Deutsche Bahn and other petitions are running well, but organizers call for a massive flood this weekend. Please forward the text below to your local contacts and organizations in your country. PROTEST […]

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Carfree Agenda Takes Root at the 3rd International Degrowth Conference in Venice

From 19-23 September a number of WCN activists gathered at the 3rd International Conference on Degrowth, Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity in the carfree city of Venice to explore the synergies between the carfree and degrowth agendas and see how the movements could best complement one another. The first thing that was clear is that […]

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Ecotopia Biketour, Cycling Towards Degrowth

This summer Ecotopia Biketour will be cycling through southern Europe on a journey “towards degrowth” – challenging the damaging growth mentality of capitalism which overlooks real social and environmental values and linking the alternatives. Each summer for over 20 years people from diverse backgrounds, projects and parts of the world have come together to form […]

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The Bike Swarm: The Cavalry of the Occupy Movement

On a cold November night in Portland, Oregon, as police in riot gear attempted to evacuate the Occupy campers from a downtown park, a contingent of about fifty bike riders took to the streets. Circling the blocks, slowing car traffic, riding around and around, ringing their bells, they were an important part of the struggle. […]

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Undriver Licensing™: Creating Enthusiasm about Not Driving

“Want to get your Undriver License™?” This question usually elicits either a surprised “huh?” or a broad smile from visitors to the Undriver Licensing Station™. Wherever it goes – festivals, community events, schools, employee transportation fairs – the Undriving™ program playfully nudges people of all ages to reconsider their transportation choices and get creative about […]

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A Transport of Delight

I’ve spent much of my life trying to cajole politicians into common sense policies on cars in cities and, with a London mayoral election due in 2012, have recently distilled five decades of reflections on this topic into 2 sheets of A4 and sent them to my MP, my MEP and both declared mayoral candidates. […]

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Women on Wheels: A liberating Ride in Dhaka, Bangladesh

On Friday, 25th February, 2011, a group of about 50 women—mostly foreigners but with several Bangladeshis—took to the streets of Dhaka on bicycle. The ride was organized by a new group called Arohi (aa-row-hee, from the Bengali word for “rider” and the Sanskrit root “aarohana” meaning ascendance); it was their first ride. When I first […]

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A Free Ride is a Fun Ride!

This year the international free public transport day took place on Saturday the 6th of March, and to celebrate it the Swedish commuter organisation Planka.nu arranged a huge – and free! – subway party. The idea was to raise awareness of the free public transport day and the question of making the public transport free, […]

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Carfree in Kalk Bay, Cape Town

One day every March, for 35,000 people in Cape Town and their supporters and families, it is “all about the bike”, as the city hosts the world’s largest individually-timed bicycle race. But, for everyone else within hearing distance of the race, it is all about the car – and how to get by without it. […]

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Bureau Of Organized Bikelane Safety

On Friday, March 19th, agent-technicians from the Bureau Of Organized Bikelane Safety (B.O.O.B.S.) descended by bicycle on the intersection of Broadway and 23rd Street in New York. The B.O.O.B.S. is charged with clean-up and removal of all gas-guzzling, dangerous vehicles illegally parked in and polluting city bike lanes. While preparing to patrol, multiple members of […]