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Report/Paper: Volatile times - Transport, climate change and the price of oil
Published 22 December 2008 by Local Government Association (original article)

There is growing consensus that councils should be leading the national effort to tackle climate change. Councils can therefore take strategic action to reduce transport related carbon emissions (a major source of climate change) which can in turn address some of the impacts of oil price oil price volatility. The report concludes with specific recommendations to central government about how it can help local government respond to the challenges and opportunities.

Transit: Long-scorned, key to metros' future?
Published 8 January 2009 by (original article)

The MTA's new report, "Sustainability and the MTA," outlines a transit program for the New York metro region that could well be applied to other metro regions.

Post Carbon Cities on a snowy time-out

Like many places, Portland, Ore. is seeing a lot of snow -- snow it's largely unprepared for. But despite the county's declared state of emergency, those in walkable neighborhoods are actually doing pretty well. Unusual conditions lend a special, festive air to everything, encouraging acts of play and goodwill. Post Carbon Cities will be on break through January 4. We wish you and your community resilience and joy in the New Year.

Transforming Transportation 2009
January 14, 2009 - Jan 16 2009
Published by EMBARQ (original article)

EMBARQ works with cities in the developing world to catalyze and help implement sustainable solutions to the problems of urban mobility. By working with EMBARQ, cities can reduce the cost, risk, time, and complexity of diagnosing transport problems and designing and implementing sustainable solutions. EMBARQ has also proven that sustainable transport in developing countries can translate into economic opportunities for the forward-thinking business. This year's conference has three themes: BRT, Safety, and Climate.

Town of Fazilka first in India to implement 'Car-free city'
Published 1 December 2008 by Daily India (original article)

Fazilka, a small township in Punjab near the India-Pakistan border, has become the first ever place in the country to implement a "Car Free City" in the region, declaring the central city a car-free zone.

Benefit plans allow riders to pay with pre-tax dollars
Published 12 November 2008 by Chicago Tribune (original article)

Under federal tax law, a commuter can shelter up to $115 a month, or $1,380 a year, in pre-tax dollars to help pay commuting expenses. But few employers provide programs that would allow their employees to take advantage of this. San Francisco recently became the nation's first to require businesses with more than 20 employees to offer transit benefit programs -- and Chicago may soon follow.

Health Line is a strong RX for Cleveland's once and future Main Street
Published 9 November 2008 by The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (original article)

Cleveland's new bus rapid transit project, the Health Line, is already a great boon to the city and represents a model of wise infrastructure investment.

San Antonio's ongoing light rail discussion framed by energy
Published 9 November 2008 by San Antonio Express-News Move It! blog (original article)

The San Antonio Express-News presents a series of posts on energy and transportation relating to a proposed light rail system -- contrasting San Antonio's development and transportation patterns with those of Portland, Ore. San Antonio formed a transportation task force in June 2008 to ensure mobility in the face of rising energy costs.

Build it and they will come?
Published 4 November 2008 by Portland Office of Transportation Commuter Central Blog (original article)

Portland bicycle planners have often employed the phrase, "Build It and They Will Come" to explain their approach to building a bicycling infrastructure from scratch in the early 1990s when there appeared to be limited demand. Some 15 years later it is easy to see their logic. The City did indeed build a vast network of bicycling facilities, and cyclists have come in droves. Two recent articles are showing that the-build-it-and-they-will-come theory may also hold true in other cities, as well.

Velo-City 2009: Re-Cycling Cities
May 12, 2009 - May 15 2009
Published by European Cyclists' Federation (original article)

Velo-city is the largest international conference devoted to cycling policy. Velo-City conferences have been jointly organised by the European Cyclist’s Federation (ECF) and the chosen European host city every other year since 1980. During the conference, the Region is seeking to achieve a number of main objectives, which in particular include presenting high-standard cycling infrastructures and obtaining recognition for cycling to be incorporated in a sustainable, intermodal transport policy (cycling, combined with public transport and walking can be more efficient than the car).

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