Thursday, May 14, 2009

What the Greens in Europe do for cycling

At the beginning of June we will have the elections for the European parliament in the EU. This is a very important opportunity to take part in decision-making. Concerning cycling, and a positive promotion of it, I found some cool videos of the European Greens where they explain what kind of measures have been implemented throughout our cities. Here are just a few examples (all in English resp. with English subtitles):

Vienna
Christoph Chorherr talks about a car-free estate in Vienna (I tried to get a flat there but it's impossible because the demand is so high -- but they want to build a second one :-)). He also writes a very interesting blog (in German). The Greens in the 2nd district do that too.


London
Jenny Jones tells us how biking can help against the traffic chaos. By the way, Trisha and Dottie have recently visited London and wrote something about it in their blog.


Freiburg
The Green mayor Dieter Salomon talks about the nearly car-free district Vauban. Although it is a well-known fact that Freiburg has a very high number of cyclists I didn't know about Vauban until I read it in blog.


For more videos explore the YouTube channel of the European Greens yourself. There you may also find the videos with subtitles in other languages (I didn't check that, but it would make sense). And there are of course also videos about other green topics, e.g. how the sun is used in Barcelona, squatters in Helsinki, about how geothermal energy is used in Paris and so on. A lot of exciting, sustainable and future-oriented projects in Europe.

2 comments:

spiderleggreen said...

Nice to see all the car-reductionism going on.

The Greens really aren't a viable party in the US, mostly due to our winner take all election format. Smaller party's have always had trouble maintaining support because they almost never win a seat at the table.

Minnesota is a little bit different than the rest of the US, in that it has a long history of "third party's". One of the best governors(Floyd B Olsen) we ever had was of the Farmer-Labor Party. Currently, the Democratic Party in Minnesota official name is the Democratic/Farmer/Labor Party. We also have had a member of the Independence Party as governor. The world famous, Jesse "the body" Ventura! In most cases though, Third party's either merge with the "big two" or they fade away.

workbike said...

Thanks for posting these. It's good to note that Vauban also has social housing so not just the wealthy can live there. BTW the videos seem to be available in French, German and English.
Unfortunately even though we're pretty close to Freiburg (and Tübingen, which also has a Green Party mayor and masses of cyclists) our local Government seems to be wilfully ignoring them.

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