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Yesterday’s work with EVERYBODY who supported. We appreciate it. #weDream #themikebrownproject #poetry #27days #amInext The video will be coming out shortly. I’m excited to see what @syandene comes up with. Stay tuned!

I love this women and I felt it was only right to have her here with me today as I completed the first steps for the visual aspect of my book #onTHEFrontLine we’ve came a long way. I’m looking forward to the other side. I wanna say thank you to @mellowsmoothphotos and @trossjr for helping me make this Vision of mine a reality. #weDream #poetry

When the city of Copenhagen was looking to reduce the number of cars entering the city in favour of bycicles and other modes of transportation, it had a very crafty strategy, according to Steffen Rasmussen of the City’s Traffic and Planning Office: get rid of parking, but without anyone noticing. From 1994 to 2005, Copenhagen cut parking spaces in the city center from 14,000 to 11,500.

Tom Vanderbilt, Traffic

Editor’s note: How many city halls have a “traffic and planning office”?

Count on people

It is increasingly acknowledged that, especially in transport, user perceptions and attitudes play a crucial role regarding the success of the failure of innovations. Still, many studies and plans for achieving sustainable transport focus mainly on technologies and economic factors.

From the European Parliament’s Science and Technology Options Assessment on Urban Transport

Pop stars by bike

The first and most important thing to do is to make sure that your majors are there with their bicycles, that your ministers, that your royalty, that your pop stars, that your sports stars, I mean… that you have a lot of people that the general public identifies with and say, ok, if they can do it, I can do it.

Klaus Bondam, major of Copenhagen between 2006 and 2010, here:

We want bicycle paths (back!)

Lots of people used to ride bicycles in Brussels. It is only due to the choice [of] what I call modernism, the wrongful prioritization of vehicular mobility as the ultimate mode of transportation, the investment made in car roads, and the relentless promotion of cars, that people switched to cars. Here in Brussels this coincided with the elimination of many bicycle paths. There were decent bicycle paths on the beltway and boulevards.

Roel de Cleen, from the Federation of Cyclist Brussels, at this wonderful documentary:

Governments and universities don't lead the way

We are at the end of the first industrial revolution — nonrenewable fossil fuels, manufacturing — and all of a sudden, we have systems which are not sustainable. The internal combustion engine is not sustainable. Freon way of maintaining things is not sustainable. What we have to look at is at how we feed, cure, educate, transport, communicate for seven billion people in a sustainable way. The technologies do not exist to do that. Who is going to invent the technology for the green revolution? Universities? Forget about it! Government? Forget about it! It will be entrepreneurs, and they’re doing it now.

Ernesto Sirolli, during the wonderful TED talk: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!

You can't think about future with present ideas

There was a group of experts who were invited to discuss the future of the city of New York in 1860. And in 1860, this group of people came together, and they all speculated about what would happen to the city of New York in 100 years, and the conclusion was unanimous: The city of New York would not exist in 100 years. Why? Because they looked at the curve and said, if the population keeps growing at this rate, to move the population of New York around, they would have needed six million horses, and the manure created by six million horses would be impossible to deal with. They were already drowning in manure.

So what happens? In 40 years’ time, in the year 1900, in the United States of America, there were 1,001 car manufacturing companies — 1,001. The idea of finding a different technology had absolutely taken over, and there were tiny, tiny little factories in backwaters.

Ernesto Sirolli, during this wonderful TED talk: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!