City shows support for international car-free gathering

by Search Gate staff. Published Mon 17 May 2010 23:16, Last updated: 2010-05-18
Car-free gathering takes to the streets of York

Campaigners, academics and architects from around the world will gather in York next month for the UK’s first “Towards Carfree Cities” conference. Local businesses, campaigners, the council and the Co-operative have all announced their support.

Past conferences have take place in Lyon, Berlin, Istanbul, the Colombian capital Bogotá, and Portland, USA.

Conference organisers have announced that The Co-operative Membership will be the main sponsor of the conference, taking place from June 28th to July 1st this year. Other sponsors and supporters of the conference include the bike shop Cycle Heaven, York-based Get Cycling – one of the country’s leading cycling promoters, and York’s City Screen cinema.

The conference is an annual forum for cutting-edge, radical thinking in transport policy and car-free development. Local campaign groups including York and Ryedale Friends of the Earth, and the internationally renowned Stockholm Environment Institute are also involved with the conference.

“The Towards Carfree Cities conference series is a vital opportunity for forward-thinking and collaboration, working towards new carfree developments and the transformation of transport in our cities – one of the most prominent issues in our efforts to become more sustainable,” said Ed Powell of The Co-operative Membership.

The conference programme will cover topics such as freight in carfree areas, DIY street makeovers, social marketing, the psychology of car dependence.

Tuesday 29th June will be an open day at the conference, to which all York residents are invited. Entry is by voluntary donation. The day will end with a film night and panel discussion with conference delegates at York’s City Screen cinema.

The national research and campaigning group Carfree UK is hosting the conference, which will take place in York’s Priory Centre between June 28th and July 1st 2010.

Richard Lane, one of the conference organisers, said: “We heard recently how the UK faces up to £300 million in fines from the EU for poor air quality, mainly due to car-choked cities, and that up to 50,000 people are dying each year as a result. This underlines the urgency of making our cities work without cars. It is a long term project, but one that we need to start on right away.”

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Comments about City shows support for international car-free gathering

Get the poor people on your bikes, so we can have more room to speed along in our big cars. Pushbikes can still cause choked cities roads.
Cars Forrich, London around 2 years, 1 month ago

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