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Towards Carfree Cities Conference IX

“How do We Get There?”
York, England, 28 June to 1 July 2010

We are pleased to announce that the ninth Towards Carfree Cities conference will be held in the historic city of York, England, from Monday 28 June to Thursday 1 July 2010.

Coming to the UK for the first time, this year’s conference is hosted by Carfree UK, with the support of The Co-operative Membership, Cycle Heaven of York, Stockholm Environment Institute – York, and others. This time we are asking the questions: how should we implement the theory, how do we best promote carfree development and how do we gain support for the conversion of car-oriented cities? In short, ‘How Do We Get There?’

LAST DAY TO REGISTER: 20 JUNE – Sign up for the conference online and pay using a credit or debit card (via PayPal), or by bank transfer or cheque. You can still register after 20 June, but lunch will not be included, as we have to give final numbers to the caterers a week in advance.

BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION NOW – York is a very popular and busy place, especially in the summer. Please do not delay in booking a hotel, hostel or B&B. Our accommodation page features a range of options to suit every budget and taste.

About this year’s conference

We invite you to join us for this international gathering of experts, practitioners and campaigners dedicated to promoting sustainable and equitable alternatives to the motor car. The focus is on strategy, collaboration and exchange, assisting the practical work of conference participants, from organising carfree days to planning the carfree cities of the future.

This year’s conference, “How Do We Get There?”, will focus on bringing carfree communities to life, considering a range of strategies from temporary events to permanent road space reallocation to European models of new carfree development. We plan to carry out a real street conversion during the conference!

We will also learn from and seek inspiration from the past, by looking at how the medieval pedestrian city was organised spatially, and how these principles could be applied to future settlements. The key challenges of fostering political and public acceptability for car reduction measures will be examined, including an exploration of the conditions under which people willingly give up the car in exchange for the benefits of living in traffic-free environments.

The conference, hosted by Carfree UK and its local partners, will be held within the walls of medieval York at the Priory Street Centre, a short walk from the railway station.

Info: http://www.worldcarfree.net/conference/

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