Carfree Times

By John Mayson | The complete collection of Carfree Times from Republished here with permission from J. H. Crawford.

May 2015

Bhaktapur, Nepal, after the 25 April 2015 magnitude 7.9 earthquake.
The narrow main street was passable for relief vehicles within hours of the …

March 2015

The ancient Newari cities are remarkably similar to the
Reference District proposed in Carfree Cities

The ancient Newari cities can serve as a template …

December 2014

Roxanne Warren has written a comprehensive examination of rail and its supporting infrastructure, urban planning, energy, and social effects as they …

October 2014

Carfree Day celebration in Kathmandu
2014 Shail Shrestha

Feature Article

Growing a Carfree Day Event

By Dristy Shrestha and Shail Shrestha

The …

June 2014

View of the Kathmandu Valley choked in dust and pollution
2014 Shail Shrestha

Feature Article

Before I Leave Kathmandu

By Shail Shrestha

It had been some …

April 2014

News Bits

The photographs below were taken in late 2013, all within 30 kilometers of Bhaktapur.

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December 2013

News Bits

All the photographs below are from the Kathmandu Valley. Most are from the city of Bhaktapur, soon to be the home of the Carfree …

September 2013

Mount Lavinia Beach on a weekend
Photo: Udan Fernando

Feature Article

How cars squash livability

A South Asian example

By Debra Efroymson

While parts of …

June 2013

A car-lite street in the Bairro Alto, Lisbon
2013 J.H. Crawford

News Bits

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March 2013

2012 J.H. Crawford

News Bits

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Thanks to all who …

November 2012

©2012 Robin Bassett

Feature Article

From Rickshaw to Car as Culprit

Changing Newspaper Coverage of Traffic Congestion in Dhaka

By Debra …

September 2012

A typical view of the rolling hills in southern Piscataquis County
©2012 J.Crawford
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Feature …

May 2012

Mount Katahdin, Maine
©2011 Lisa Adkins

Feature Article

Piscataquis Village

By Tracy Gayton

A group of Maine residents is mounting an effort to create a …

March 2012

Bergen, Norway, a pedestrianized area three blocks long in the center of the city
©2011 Karen Sandness

News Bits

The articles I consider most important …

December 2011

Scientists are investigating the connection between air pollution and an array of health effects. In the Los Angeles region, recent research has …

September 2011

Museumplein, Amsterdam
©2011 J.Crawford

News Bits

Methane Hydrates Are Really Dangerous

The massive extinctions that occurred 200 million years ago did …

June 2011

Feature Article

Pedestrian Improvements in Dhaka: Attempting the Impossible?

By Debra Efroymson

For those who enjoy quixotic causes, trying to improve …

March 2011

News Bits

Hansen Demands Carbon Tax

James Hansen has become increasingly frantic about the dangers of climate change. The threat is dire, and the need …

December 2010

Revolting Quote of the Decade

"I can't support bike lanes. How many people are riding outside today? We don't live in Florida. We don't have 12 months …

September 2010

News Bits

Temperature anomalies for June 2010
Red indicates hotter than normal.

Hottest June

June was the hottest June ever recorded worldwide and …

July 2010

Siena, Italy
One of the cafés on the central square.
©1998 J.Crawford


We round off the "sidewalk cafés of Europe" theme in this issue. You could …

March 2010

This friendly city has many fine outdoor cafés.
©2005 J.Crawford


We continue the "sidewalk cafés of Europe" theme in this issue. …

November 2009

This friendly city has many fine outdoor cafés.
©2005 J.Crawford


The sidewalk café is a great boon to city dwellers, especially when no …

September 2009

News Bits

The Charles Bridge, facing the Old Town, Prague
©2006 Mark Fleischmann

Let Them Cut Emissions

George Monbiot recently published a column …

June 2009

News Bits

Roder Lane with Markus Tower in the background
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
©2007 A. Fox

Copenhagen Conference

The recent climate change …

February 2009

The Masdar district, now under construction in Abu Dhabi, can reasonably be seen as the world's first purpose-built new carfree city. The nation has …

December 2008

A Century Ago

We continue our tour of cities from a century ago, as seen through the eyes of photographers of the day. Their images are scattered …

September 2008

We'll spare you the 200 adjectives we could list about how transformational it was, for it was beyond anything on the printed page. The general …

May 2008

©2002 J.Crawford


Cars Are Driving Us Nuts

We drive ever longer distances in order to satisfy the same needs

An interview with Hermann …