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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/22/2013 8:51:30 AM
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Re: Some of DC does this, too
Thanks Susan and Florin for the info on street closures in Bucharest and Boston. Great to hear that other cities are joining in this solid move toward sustainability and community.

Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
11/22/2013 8:02:09 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: Some of DC does this, too
Hi Mary, since you're asking for other examples. Boston does a Sunday bike/walk/skate etc. program, closing the road along one side of the river Charles. It's not a huge stretch -- a few miles -- but it a beautiful part of the city. And they do it year round.

florin_m
florin_m  
11/20/2013 11:31:11 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Ceausescu's Romania
@nicole. Actually, we have this in Bucharest, a section of a 4 lane boulevard, Kisseleff Avenue, is closed on Saturdays and Sundays from early summer until end of september.

Only pedestrian access, bicicles and games (footbal, basketball etc). 

The section starts from the Arch of Triupmf and goes all the way to Victoriei Square (where the government building is located).

I have attached a map capture, with the section marked with red.

 

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/20/2013 10:40:42 AM
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Re: Ceausescu's Romania
Florin_m: Ah, I was referring to cities that are considering this option today, not Romania, but thank you for providing further information here. All of that regulation and control explains why this worked well... but that's not how people want to live, of course.

florin_m
florin_m  
11/20/2013 4:23:28 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Ceausescu's Romania
Well, if you were "connected" you could had chosen the colour, and maybe the trim.

At the time Romania was producing a model of Dacia (former licence of Renault 12) in sedan, estate, and hatchback version, Oltcit (a coupe former licence of Citroen Axel) and ARO, an SUV similar with Land Roer's Defender, extremely desirable by the country people, a car for which the waiting list was longer than 9 years. 

richheap
richheap  
11/20/2013 3:41:57 AM
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Re: Ceausescu's Romania
@florin_m: Did you have any choice in what car you got? Or was that decided by the state too? I'm currently searching for a new family car -- a process that interests me very little, but interests my wife even less -- and the idea of someone else deciding what car I should be allowed to have sounds very appealing.

florin_m
florin_m  
11/20/2013 3:26:01 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Ceausescu's Romania
Hi @nicole. What do you mean families with more than one car :)

You were not allowed to have more than 1 car. Furthermore, the car which the family had, a regular Dacia, was bought after a 5 year waiting list. But to top this up, it didn't matter, because we had a ration of 40 liters of gas per month :)

Venks
Venks  
11/20/2013 12:56:54 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Indian City Bans Sunday Drives
Thanks kq4ym for your comment. Yes, I believe that this will be successful if they manage to make it a weekly event instead of a monthly or yearly affair. The merits are here right away to take it. I read it somewhere that they are will arise an opportunity for street dancing and live music. And thats what I am thinking of right now. We can think of having many more such activities once the program is streamlined.

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
11/19/2013 10:14:13 PM
User Rank Burgher
Lessons Learn from this blog and the associated video.
Mary,

Thanks for this blog the video had many lessons:

1.  By closing this specific area Citizens became comfortable socializing and having contact with people of different backgrounds and Social status.

2. I like the way he changed his recruitment from just a job to Cycle watch to mimic BayWatch the most view television show in Bogota.  He find out what interest the population and utilize that to recruit and advertise.

3.  Physical Activity...obesity is expensive and this allow people to workout safely at a free or low cost rate.  It also allowed children to workout with the parents and develop workout habits that could continue.

4.  They made it more convenient for everyone to participate by offering free workout classes and free bikes.

5.  They choose to close the road on a Sunday...which should cause less interference with the workweek traffic.

7.  The participant often said they felt safe, they stated it was a pure air workout.

8.  I also like the workers uniforms complete with a safety backpack.

9.  Hopefully one day people will use more energy efficient public transportation and the unused roads can be converted and used something like this.

10.  He mentioned Civility and Shared living increased....a City more tolerant of others who may be different....important benefit.

kq4ym
kq4ym  
11/19/2013 5:45:07 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Indian City Bans Sunday Drives
Limiting Sunday driving is probably an experiment worthy of study. If anything, the novelty of the behavior will being some good will and cheer to the citizens and visitors just because of the change of environment. Whether long standing beneficial results will follow is another matter for study.

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