Fewer cars, more city for everyone!
“Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.” — Grant Petersen, bicycle designer
The climate crisis, air pollution and endless traffic jams are just some of the many reasons why our municipal transport systems urgently need to change. For too long, cities have been systematically dominated by cars, which are noisy, take up space, create pollution and make our streets unsafe. This makes mobility a social and ecological issue, rather than a question of technological choices.
Alternatives modes of transport could guarantee mobility to a larger number of people, while at the same time improving the quality of life for many. Local activists in numerous European cities are finding different forms of leverage to curb car use in their urban environment. Some are focusing on improving cycling infrastructure or public transport, while others are claiming back public spaces for people, rather than cars.In this panel debate, we want to explore a range of progressive ideas on how to change our urban transport systems from the bottom up and how to take successful action against fossil-fuel-based motorised individual traffic. Changing the current traffic system and working towards sustainable mobility must be seen as part of a broader, just, ecological transition.
The panel debate is part of the RLS conference “Urban Movement! Connecting Resistance and Alternatives” that will bring more than 60 grassroots activists from more than 15 European countries to Brussels. Over a full weekend, these participants will exchange news and views on strategies, campaigns and actions for creating cities with fewer cars and more space for people. This is the only panel debate at the conference that will be open to the public.
18:30 Welcome reception
19:00 Welcome address by Andreas Thomsen, Director, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Brussels Office
19:10 Panel debate
- Allan Alaküla, Free Public Transport (Tallinn)
- Katja Diehl, Women in Mobility (Hamburg/Berlin)
- Isabell Eberlein, Changing Cities (Berlin)
- Salvador Rueda, BCNecologia (Barcelona)
- Geert van Waeg, International Federation of Pedestrians (Brussels)
moderated by Janna Aljets, RLS Brussels Office
20:00 Audience Q & A session
Venue: Les Ateliers des Tanneurs, Rue des Tanneurs 60A, 1000 Brussels