Top Twenty World Streets Postings: 2009 – 2015

ws-newsstandWhile you are away from the office and all the pressures of your workplace, here for your after-work reading pleasure are the twenty most read articles to appear in World Streets since opening day in 2009. Quite a varied lot, and when your editor reads them he generally prefers to do so not at a desk but seated comfortably with a tablet or largish window smartphone in hand to take advantage of those unstructured unexpected free moments that can pop up in any day. After all, World Streets is intended for the reflective back of your mind, not the whirring over-charged front.

1 Why Free Public Transport is perhaps a bad idea

2 Going down? Newman and Kenworthy on Peak Car Use

3 Honk! City of the Future? (Have a stupid weekend)

4 Paris to limit speeds to 30 km/hr over entire city

5 European City Modal Split Database: An invitation

6 Go Lillestrøm! Pedestrians and cyclists receive “reverse toll money” in Norway

7 WhipCar closes down P2P carsharing operation in Britain. What does it mean?

8 UK High Speed Rail: Going very fast in the wrong direction

9 Energy and Equity, Ivan Illich.

10 Sempé: A Short History of Social Mobility

11 What can we learn from the murderous attack on cyclists in Porto Alegre on Friday?

12 PRT proposal for Delhi convinces the Chief Minister (But does it convince you? See poll results)

13 The New Mobility Agenda gets a hearing in Barcelona with a “Come argue with me” session

14 Poynton Regenerated: A transformative Shared Space project

15 Cycling as the catalyst for more human and sustainable transport

16 How the Dutch failed to destroy their cities (Act 1)

17 Locked in Suburbia: Is there life after Autopia?

18 The P2P carsharing saga continues: The WhipCar story

19 Mission Statement – – >

20 Eric Britton

This is certainly a very mixed lot, reflecting the wide range of interests and preoccupations of our readers. Let me avoid commenting on this, other than to say that the thinkpeice on Free Public Transport turned out, to my great surprise, to be the most read and commented posting over the full period. That has to mean something.

You may note that each of those titles is hotlinked so you can click to which ever of them you may have missed or might like to visit again.


And just in case you might like to push a bit further, for the record we list here as well the second twenty most consulted for your reading pleasure.

  1. Tragedy of the Commons: The car as enclosure
  2. International Advisory Council on Sustainable Transportation
  3. Best transport research database we have ever seen.
  4. Weekend musing: The bicycle helmet rears its ugly head
  5. Delhi Metro – A Transport Planner’s Perspective
  6. Autolib’ – Paris bets big on new carshare technology
  7. A “Better than Car” Mobility System
  8. Car Free Days I: Origins, Timeline, Progress
  9. Carsharing in Germany: 2014 Perspectives
  10. Carsharing on the rise in the Netherlands (Act 3)
  11. Sustainable transport in Delhi and Stockholm
  12. Toward a new paradigm for transport in cities:
  13. Weekend reading: How do the Dutch get out of a car?
  14. Electric Cars: Time to level the playing field
  15. Hangzhou – View from the saddle of one of China’s most liveable cities.
  16. They’re Back Again: The 2014 World Naked Bike Ride
  17. Honk! “Straddling” Bus? (Have a stupid weekend)
  18. Bike-Sharing: 2011 State of the European Union report
  19. Op-Ed: Toward More Prosperous Cities
  20. North American Carsharing Trends: 2013
  21. What is an Equity-Based Transport System ?

Who reads World Streets

As of today, 16 February 2015, a total of 4,824 readers have signed in, in one way or another, to indicate their interest in following World Streets. From a (quite surprising!) total of 149 different countries on all continents.

The following map records recent visitor locations over the last week or so.

WS reader map 16feb15

We are pretty happy with readership in the OECD region but out inability thus far to reach into China is frustrating. we would also like to see more readers in Latin America and Africa, but we just need to work on that.

And since Europe is such a hot bed of innovation, let’s have a look at the European map here.

WS reader map Europe 16feb15

Again, satisfaction that we are being consulted in the countries that are pushing the envelope on New Mobility innovation. But what about our inability thus far to interest readers working on these issues in the former Soviet bloc countries, Eastern Europe and the “Stans”. And while the latter may take time to penetrate, thee is certainly every reason for us to try to expand our readership in Eastern Europe, where policy makers are still operating for the most part in terms of the very tired “Old Mobility” model.

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Enrico Bonfatti, dopo aver vissuto e lavorato nella industriosa Lombardia, si è ritirato oggi in una ridente frazione montana delle prealpi venete. Ha avuto il privilegio di poter sperimentare la vita senza il possesso dell'automobile per tredici lunghi anni. Ultimamente lo ha perso a causa del mutato contesto nel quale si trova a vivere e delle politiche di smantellamento del trasporto pubblico in atto ormai da diversi anni nel nostro paese e non solo. Ha dato vita a questo blog nell'ormai lontano 2009, spinto dalla necessità di preservare, per quanto possibile, il quartiere dove viveva dal quotidiano assalto delle lamiere.


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