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    great website....

    carfree.com...check out the pictures of cities around the world partially or fully car free. Sign up for the e-magazine Carfree Times. Intelligent discussion of the lifestyle and the reasons we will all be car free sooner than one would think.

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    This is one of the best sites on the web. The urban pics from before the auto age are amazing. You can get a degree in urban planning form this site.

    Thanks, djudd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djudd
    carfree.com...check out the pictures of cities around the world partially or fully car free. Sign up for the e-magazine Carfree Times. Intelligent discussion of the lifestyle and the reasons we will all be car free sooner than one would think.
    I'm not sure where you're located but I couldn't help but notice that the American flag wasn't with those displayed. Don't it figure???

    A whole bunch of Americans are gonna hafta walk for few days before they "discover" bicycles.

    I also think that America will also be very sorry that they dismantled their rail systems.

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    We've got his book, "Car Free Cities", here at the library where I work. It's a very good read, even for the non city planner. I only hope that those in our architecture program are reading it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AverageCommuter
    We've got his book, "Car Free Cities", here at the library where I work. It's a very good read, even for the non city planner. I only hope that those in our architecture program are reading it.
    I'm an Architecture student and I'm doing my dissertation on sustainable urban planning

    I haven't read this book yet but its on my list. If anyone is interested in this stuff Richard Rogers has some excellent and very readable books about sustainable urban planning with lots of stuff about transport systems etc.
    What lies ahead is distant....

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    I found a few other interesting websites that weren't included on carfree.com's links

    worldcarfree.net
    carbusters.org

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    wow this is a great webiste. cheers.

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    I own the book, and I am a big supporter of Carfree cities, unfortunaly I'm still stuck in highschool so I can produce is hot air at the moment, but I still try to get people to think about non-car options for getting around, esp considering the price of driving. I tell most of my fellow students that I will not own a car and explain how I could do it all bike. If I can set of a cascade of thoughts in just one person's brain to go car-free or even car-lite then all my effort is worth it.
    The book is fantastic a true textbook about carfree cities. Once I was done I wanted to live in one of these cities badly. It would be so sweet to live in. Way better than the car-gehtto's we now inhabit. Everything would be in walking distance or accessible by FREE transit (feasable when you consider the cost of road subsidies) loads of people would walk the streets. There would be tonnes of green space with real nature (I.E. wild not manicured or built by human hands. Would be a maximum five minute walk out of any front door.
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    As far as the FREE transit goes, I think that transit would be more valued if it costs something. Make transit free for students, seniors, and the disabled WITH a pass (they can apply for a free pass or get a free school pass every month like my son gets at his Catholic high school). Free for everyone is just too utopian to really work.

    Our busses here are free during the summer if you show up with a bike (a WORKING one, not a junker!). Well, the federal govt. is good for something!
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    I have long loved the carfreecities site. It took several visits, but I think I've read all the content by now. The old black and white photos of cities make me daydream.....

    I don't think we'll see cities like these in our lifetimes, but some day, in some future country, perhaps. Meanwhile, we all must encourage the baby steps that are being taken toward making our cities livable...and bikable.


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    I tell most of my fellow students that I will not own a car and explain how I could do it all bike.
    I think it's great to get people thinking about how to live, and live well, without owning a car. I think one of the things to do, though, is to explain that you are not saying everything a car can do, a bike can do...

    just that some of the things people use cars for are things we don't really need, and not owning a car doesn't stop a person from renting a big moving van when they move or taking a taxi to the hospital when they're sick, etc.
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    awesome site !
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    I MUST get outta the US and head to Europe!!

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    As long as it isn't some radical Critical Mass, dewy-eyed, pollyana, preachy-do-gooder website, I'll have a look-see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smurfy
    As far as the FREE transit goes, I think that transit would be more valued if it costs something. Make transit free for students, seniors, and the disabled WITH a pass (they can apply for a free pass or get a free school pass every month like my son gets at his Catholic high school). Free for everyone is just too utopian to really work.
    One of the points made in the book is that considering the amount of money to road subsidies it would be easy to run a free system. Plus by making it free it would maximize ridership and reducing the per capita subsidy. Also a fare-less system would be cheaper to build because you could have access to the platform directly from street level without the need for a concourse level (for the ticket booths) or any structures on the surface. A free system would also decrease tottal passenger trip times. The book says that the transit system should be extremly well run. There are some truly well run systems. Take tokyo for example the tottal stopages per year ADD up to like 5 minutes or something. The people who run these systems try to think how to shave SECONDS of transit times. This is how a transit system should run fast and efficient. The book also says that the system should run 24 hrs a day. Perhaps it could even by automated. But considering the amount of money that goes into subsidies for driving (more than 50% of the costs associated with diriving are externalized) cities could easily afford to have free transit.
    The web site provides a good general overview of the ideas, but if your interested you should really check out the book. It goes into every little nut and bolt of how the city would work and it makes even more sense.
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