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James Howard Kunstler has a site about his writing and speaking, mainly on the New Urbanism.

Christopher Alexander's site on A Pattern Language. Alexander at his usual brilliant self.

The New Colonist explores environmental and lifestyle issues for dedicated city lovers, urban activists, and refugees from sprawl development. Includes feature articles, essays, interactive surveys, and city guides, written with an emphasis on community life and sustainability.

The Victoria Transport Policy Instiute is an independent research organization developing innovative strategies for efficient and equitable transportation. Dozens of reports are available on full cost accounting, transportation demand management, pavement reduction, transit, bicycling, walking, and traffic calming. Their Online TDM Encyclopedia offers a comprehensive resource for transportation demand management planning and analysis.

The David Suzuki Foundation is one of Canada's leading environmental organizations and pays particular attention to global warming and climate change issues.

Light Rail Atlas--Holland's Light Rail-pages for a world audience.

The BBC Education Web Guide has listed as among "the best learning resources on the Net."

The Progress Report is an interesting collection of ideas on a wide range of topics, including urban issues.

Terrain: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments is a quarterly online journal without definite boundaries, searching for that interface--the integration--among the built and natural environments, that might be called the soul of place.

EcoPlan International is an independent consulting and advisory group working with business and governments on projects, plans, and problems which are marked by rapid technological or environmental change. Founded in 1967, the work of the group is interdisciplinary and international. Assignments are more oriented to decision support than research per se. Also includes The Commons, a collaborative international undertaking created in 1994 by Eric Britton and his colleagues at EcoPlan.

The Living Room, edited by Richard Risemberg, is a place to examine the history, the technology, and the sensations of social living, the state of community today, and the practices that can make life both richer and more practical for all of us, today, tomorrow, and beyond. Includes The Bike People, the Suburbia Project, and a Sustainability section. All highly recommended.

ISTP's carfree housing page has had a major update and features seven case studies of carfree housing projects, including Amsterdam, Cologne, Edinburgh, Freiburg, Hamburg, and Vienna.

De digitale stad is one of the first on-line city projects. The city council of Amsterdam funds this effort to make many aspects of city life and government available on line.

Platform Binnenstad Autovrij is working to make the center of Amsterdam a car-free paradise. Although the residents of the inner city have supported this move, the city government has done little to implement the necessary changes, despite its adoption of policies to significantly reduce automobile traffic. English-language summaries are available.

Martin van den Berg is also interested in the design of cities.

Cambridge, England has a number of active green campaigns in progress.

Auto-Free Ottawa is trying to tame the urban automobile in Ottawa, Ontario (the capital of Canada).

Car Free Cities Network is an initiative of Directorate General XI of the European Commission (Environment). A number of European cities are actively trying to reduce car usage by a variety of means. This is a source for information on these efforts.

Duany & Plater-Zyberk Architecture and Town Planning is the organization responsible for some very interesting development projects, especially in Florida. They are one of the leading proponents of the New Urbanism.

The Atlantic Monthly September 1996 article on Celebration (the new Disney community in Orlando, Florida) is an interesting and worthwhile review of some of the fruits of the New Urbanism.

The Preservation Institute includes links to transportation and development politics on the Web. Listed are groups working to limit the automobile, stop urban sprawl, and build ecologically sound cities.

Y-tech returns white bicycles to Amsterdam after 30 years. The drag-and-drop bike will be tried again, this time with a means to prevent them from being stolen.

Kevin Karplus maintains a large list of useful transportation, bicycle, and urban planning links.

Detour is a pro-bike, sustainable transport organzization in Toronto that offers over 150 books, videos, and other resources that focus on sustainable transportation and urban ecology.

Innovative Transportation Technologies provides information on automated peoplemovers, automated freight systems, automated guided vehicles, Combi-Road transportation, dual-mode trucks, pipeline freight transportation, and underground tube freight.

Urban and Rural Sociology at the Socio Site in Amsterdam.

European Youth For(est) Action is working hard to reduce the burden of traffic in Europe.

The EcoDesign Website promotes the gathering and sharing of information on environmentally sound approaches to design, planning, and development of buildings and communities.

E-Design on-line provides a wealth of information on sustainable development.

MetroPlanet takes you on a ride on the world's subway, underground, metro, tunnelbana, U-Bahn and other urban mass transit systems.

Web Directory of environmental organizations.

Urban, Regional and Environmental Planning Related Resources
The site contains links to a number of academic institutions, planners' associations, publications, etc.

Reinventing the Wheels Amory Lovins and the Hypercar.

"Cyburbia: The Planning and Architecture Internet Resource Center
contains a comprehensive directory of Internet resources relevant to planning, architecture, urbanism and other topics related to the built environment. Cyburbia also contains information about architecture and planning related mailing lists and Usenet newsgroups, and hosts several interactive message areas."

Habitat in Developing Countries is an Internet forum aimed at providing information to researchers and professionals working for the improvement of the built environment in developing countries, and at facilitating communications among them.

EcoIQ offers resources for planning the built environment, natural resource conservation and protection, and building sustainable communities.

Car-Free!, a modest page of carlessness from A.P. Thornley (San Francisco, California). Includes information on railroads, bicyling, lose-the-car, etc., in the SF Bay Area and worldwide.

RUDI - Resource for Urban Design Information.

SUN (Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods) is a program lead by Dr. John Gilderbloom to help revitalize inner city neighborhoods. SUN offers numerous web links related to sustainable development. The site includes a model web site of the type needed by every dead inner city neighborhood to spark the revitalization.

EBBC (the East Bay Bicycle Coalition) is a San Francisco Bay Area organization promoting bicycling as an everyday means of transportation. The site includes a list of upcoming events in the Bay Area and back issues of RideOn, the organization's newsletter.

The European Cyclists' Federation is the world's largest bicycle advocacy organisation with 33 sub-groups in 22 countries.

The Bicycle News Agency provides useful information on the state of bicycling everywhere.

The Center for Urban Transportation Research has a variety of useful links on transportation, land use, and sustainability issues. See particularly, Transportation and the Design of Cities.

The Sport Utility Vehicle Anti-Fan Club--the name says it all. Very good source of data on SUVs and the problems they cause.

CAT is a regional organization helping people in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, to go car free.

Merton Cycling Campaign is the Merton branch of the London Cycling Campaign.

Light Rail Transit Association provides a host of useful information about Light Rail Vehicles (LRV)/trams/streetcars/trolleys or whatever people are calling them this week.

Amsterdam Heritage introduces historic Amsterdam, focusing on the city's historic buildings and sites. Detailed information on the architecture and on the preservation of historic buildings is presented along the way.

Walther Schoonenberg's Home Page has an interesting page on making the old city of Amsterdam car-free, but it's in Dutch!

Highway and Sprawlbusters at the Sierra Club--a page about reining in cars and limiting sprawl.

Traffic Calming Program at the city of Portland, Oregon. Thorough discussion of the hows and whys of traffic calming.

Citizens For Common Sense In Transportation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the application of common sense to public transportation problems.

TransCycle includes pages on tricycles, tandems, wheelbuilding, riding fixed wheel and links to sites advocating alternatives to the motor vehicle.

Urban Ecology Australia is a non profit community group which advocates the building of ecological cities.

Self-Propelled City searches the world for the latest news and opinion regarding self-propelled transportation in urban environments.

Village Technology has proposed the SMARTram, an interesting approach to providing local transit in downtown areas. is a resource centre for human powered transport of freight and people, with information on the manufacturers and operators of work bikes and research into sustainable human-powered transport.

Austral Bike Book provides international bicycle industry and advocacy news. provides information on pedestrian issues, with an extensive set of links to pedestrian sites.

Surface Transportation Policy Project ("Transact") works to promote a "diversified transportation system." They alos publish the Mean Streets report annually.

Light Rail, in cooperation with the Dutch magazine "Blauwe Kamer," offers the Light Rail Atlas, a comprehensive source of information about tram systems around the world.

International Society for Ecological Economics is a nonprofit organization that encourages the integration of economics and ecology into a transdiscipline aimed at developing a sustainable world. Specific research areas include ecological modeling, ecological limits to growth, climate change, biodiversity, valuation of natural capital, and ecotax reform.

International Bicycle Fund promotes sustainable transport worldwide.

Streetcar Philadelphia is an informal photo essay showing Philadelphia's streetcar system twenty years ago, and today.

Main Street Pedicab is a builder of modern pedicabs.

Amsterdam Heritage introduces historic Amsterdam, focusing on the city's historic buildings and sites. Detailed information on the architecture and on the preservation of historic buildings is presented along the way.

A Practitioner's Guide to the Urban Design Literature is a wonderful resource for books on urban planning and design.

Worldwatch Institute is a nonprofit public policy research organization dedicated to informing policymakers and the public about emerging global problems and trends and the complex links between the world economy and its environmental support systems.

City Comforts Notebook: urban planning & design, real estate development, architecture, construction, urban history, landscape architecture, affordable housing, interior design, etc.

Trasnportation Alternatives is a member-supported New York City-area citizens' group working for better bicycling, walking and public transit, and fewer cars.

Planning Commissioners Journal is a resource for planning in the North American context. They also publish a useful journal.

Fewer Cars - A More Livable City proposes a four-year transport plan for New York City. [Warning: spawns an irritating secondary window. AYOR]

Central London Partnership is a public and private sector partnership which takes action to make central London a better place to live, work, invest, and visit.

"Skeletons in the closet of the Suburban Frontier" Kris Price in Terrain, Issue #4

"Why is Sprawl Such a Disaster?" John Holtzclaw in Terrain, Issue #4

"Sprawl: The Growing Pains of Suburban America" at

"Ways to Conserve Wyoming's Wonderful Open Lands" by Wyoming's Governor

A Century of Suffering: The 100th Anniversary of the first person killed by automobile in North America.

Bicycling Magazine: the world's largest cycling publication.

The homepage of Rostock municipality (in German). Rostock is located 220 kilometres north of Berlin, on the Baltic coast. With a population of 205,000, the town is an important Baltic ferry harbour. The site carries an article, "Living withaout a car in Rostock," part of its AGENDA 21 - Living in Rostock in the future.

Railway Technology: The Website for the Railway Industry. Exhaustive and excellent source of data on railroading.

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. Sustainable development is the achievement of continued economic and social development without detriment to the environment and natural resources. The quality of future human activity and development is increasingly seen as being dependent on maintaining this balance.

Citystreets: see what pedestrian advocates are doing in New York, at this innovative and original pedestrian-oriented transportation website.

Automated Beam Traffic makes innovative proposals for automated overhead people movers.

Transportation and Community and System Presevation Pilot Program at the US Department of Transportation.

A to B is a bi-monthly magazine to guide you through the maze of alternative transport, specialising in public transport-friendly folding bikes, gradient-busting electric machines and bike trailers.

ZPG's Population Education Department is currently preparing for their 3rd Pop-TV Writing Contest. The writing contest challenges both high school and college undergraduates to compose an original plot description for a currently running TV show featuring urban and suburban sprawl as the principal theme.

Urbanwatch consideres urban problems in high-density Hong Kong.

The Urban Environmental Management Research Initiative (UEMRI) website is published by a group of urban planning researchers from around the world. It looks at urban areas as the intersection of natural, built, and socio-economic environments, and relates this to the global environment.

Paris Trip Pedi-cabs offer an environmentally-friendly way for a quiet and relaxing discovery of Paris, the city of light.

Thanks to James Howard Kunstler for the following two links.

Oil Supply Prospects, brought to you by the International Energy Agency.

Oil prices could rise more still, October 1999, from World Oil.

Transcript: Over a Barrel (2 September 1999), from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Oil analyst Charlie Richardson, cited in Carfree Times #6, participated in the debate.

Geography at - a geography mega-site with weekly articles, quizzes and an e-mail newsletter, annotated links to hundreds of sites, a chat room, and online forum devoted to geography.

Transportation and Community and System Preservation Program at the US Department of Transportation provides information on TEA-21.

The Victoria Transport Policy Institute website is reorganized, expanded, and moved to its own domain. The Institute is an independent research organization working to develop innovative solutions to transportation problems.

New Costs of Sprawl report from the Sierra Club.

Railway Technology: The Website for the Railway Industry. Provide profiles of current high speed rail, heavy and light rail systems, and metro projects, including specifications and images. A railway equipment catalog is also included, as is a rail industry calendar and information on government departments and associations active in the railway industry.

Urban Watch looks at urban problems in the high density built environment of Hong Kong.

City Streets provides information about pedestrian safety in New York City and advocates for safer conditions.

Guidelines for Municipalities in the Design of Quality Urban Places invites people to submit images of urban places that they really enjoy. The catalogue is still small, but over time it may grow.

The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions is devoted to sustainable development.

Neighborhood Communities is a neighborhood resource center.

Young TransNet uses Internet to assist children and young people in transport research and action. Young TransNet aims to increase walking, cycling and public transport, and to reduce motor traffic.

Wohnen ohne Auto (Living without cars) carries information on the carfree project in Munich. Also a reviews other German Carfree Projects and has tips for planning and realizing carfree living in Germany. (German only)

Arcosanti: is an urban laboratory in Arizona and a prototype Arcology (architecture for ecology) founded by Paolo Soleri in 1970. Workshoppers and apprentices learn by doing, while constructing Arcosanti.

Ken Kifer's Bike Page deals with issues and misconceptions concerning bicycling and points out that cycling is usually faster than driving and is always healthier and kinder to the environment.

Imagita provides a list of links to European Union and EU-funded public transport research projects with particular emphasis on Scandinavian public transport links.

DMUs and railbuses

Village At, resurrecting classical land use patterns. Tour carfree Italian towns.

Urban Mobility Network

The Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition is a cycling advocacy organization based in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. Site includes advocacy and cycle commuting sections as well as information on the rides and touring cycling possibilities on Vancouver Island and the Canadian Gulf Islands.

Car Busters Magazine, for the committed activist (any anyone else!)

Congress for the New Urbanism

"Coming Around Again," an article about the resurgence of streetcars (trams)

The Institute for Transportation & Development Policy promotes environmentally sustainable and equitable transportation policies and projects worldwide.

Transport 2000 Canada is a non-profit organization whose primary purpose is research, public education and consumer advocacy.

"Expansion Induces Traffic," a page at the Sierra Club about induced traffic.

Discussion forum of group of people trying to live carfree. Practical matters receive the most consideration.

The SUSTRAN Network: Taking steps: a community action guide to people-centred, equitable and sustainable urban transport. Read the group's archives at eGroups.

Earth Day Energy Fast: Take action right now - begin an energy fast!

Urban Quality Indicators Newsletter provides information on efforts in North America to measure the quality, health, and sustainability of its communities.

Pew Center for Civic Journalism is an incubator for civic journalism that works to re-engage people in public life.

Car-Free Living: Car-Free Housing in Europe

The Waterfront Center contends that waterfronts are unique. The vital characteristic that separates waterfronts from other areas in a community is the relationship to water.

Electric Bikes Compared

Bremen: Urban district planning without cars

BikeAthens (Georgia) is dedicated to promoting sustainable transportation solutions for the Classic City.

Michigan Land Use Institute published an article on government support for sprawl, which was by no means the inevitable consequence of rising personal incomes. is believed to be the world's largest environmental portal.

The End of Cheap Oil, Colin J. Campbell and Jean H. Laherrère.

B.E.S.T. helps solve pollution, climate change, traffic congestion, and urban sprawl problems.

KNV is the employers' organization in the Netherlands for the transport of goods and passengers by road.

Hände Weg von der Lobau! is fighting against a highway through a national park in Austria.

MassBike is the leading bicycle advocacy group in Massachussetts.

Urban District Planning Without Cars (from Bremen).

Urban Quality Indicators Newsletter provides information on efforts in North America to measure the quality, health, and sustainability of communities.

Pew Center for Civic Journalism is an incubator for civic journalism that works to re-engage people in public life.

Remember Bliss memorializes the anniversary of the first person killed by automobile in North America.

Car Free Month in the San Francisco Bay Area, possibly expanding to other regions.

Eco-Portal is a search engine devoted to ecological topics.

World Environment is a massive news source on green issues.

World Bank Group Urban Transport Strategy Review. "Urban sprawl is likely to increase to the detriment of public transport, reducing accessibility and services for the poor. The World Bank's Urban Transport Strategy Review will prepare for this challenge."

Secret Gardens How to turn patchwork urban backyards into neighborly communal parks. is a source of information about thousands of cities worldwide.

Planetizen is a portal for California planners.

Walk San Jose is a public advocacy organization dedicated to making San Jose a better and safer place to walk. is a web site that helps activists to shape politics and society, jumpstart events, speak out, and influence news and media. Anyone can create an "Action," a sort of a petition to be signed by supporters.

Austin Analytics is a UK-based public transport specialist, focusing on policy analysis, including economic, financial, and statistical analysis.

European Carfree Day

Oil Industry Report

International Walk to School Day

Are We Running Out of Oil? L.B. Magoon

America WALKs is a non-profit national coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities. Our mission is to foster the development of community-based pedestrian advocacy groups and to educate the public about the benefits of walking.

Transportation Alternatives is a member-supported NYC-area non-profit citizens' group working for better bicycling, walking and public transit, and fewer cars. We want safer, calmer neighborhood streets and car-free parks.

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign is an alliance of public interest, transit advocacy, planning and environmental organizations working to reform transportation policies in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut metropolitan region.

The Comparative Urban Studies Project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars brings together scholars and policymakers from around the globe to discuss problems of urban management from a multidisciplinary, multiregional perspective. CUSP organizes meetings and disseminates the findings through policy briefs, occasional papers, books, and other publications, as well as through the Center's Dialogue radio program.

World Environment is an environmental portal.

New Civilization Network: Exploring emerging new qualities of life on planet Earth.

POLIS is an association of European cities and regions working together on transport and environmental issues, in particular via innovative technologies, policies and funding systems.

A Vision of Europe: Architecture and a human approach for the European city.

Findhorn, an alternative community, works in support of sustainability.

The Earth Charter Initiative publishes the Earth Charter, a set of guidelines for a sustainable society.

EcoTopia USA is dedicated to a sustainable future.

EcoWorld offers environmental information in seven different categories: air, water, earth, plants, animals and people covering key global environmental issues, species/ecosystem profiles, and projects pertaining to each earth category.

The Climate Ark is a climate change search space dedicated to promoting public policy that addresses global climate change through reductions in carbon and other emissions, energy conservation, alternative energy sources and ending deforestation.

The Urban Renaissance Institute is dedicated to helping cities and their regions flourish by removing the many impediments to their proper functioning.

Transformation of Venice into a museum-city is a UNESCO study of some of the perils and pitfalls facing Venice.

Narrow Streets Database at the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Energy Information Agency

The Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Environment is a one-stop source of information on a range of atmospheric issues, including weather, climate, air pollution, acid rain, global warming and ozone depletion.

Environmental Building News is a leading international publication on environmentally sustainable design and construction. The site includes news, feature articles, and many green building product reviews.

International Making Cities Livable

CicloVía Málaga is a research project launched by the Society of CicloVía Málaga Young Geographers. It examines the bicycle as a transportation alternative in the city of Málaga.

The Electric Tbus Group supports the use of electric trolley buses in London.

Vital Climate Graphics is a resource from the United Nations Environment Program.

9292 Reiswijzer is an example of how public transport information should be made available to the public

Architecture, Patterns, and Mathematics by Nikos A. Salingaros.

Autofrei-wohnen carries information on big (600 family) carfree project planned for Berlin-Mitte near Friedrichstraße/Unter den Linden (German only).

Moving the Economy promotes sustainable transport and inventories 150 case studies in which sustainable transport yielded measured economic benefits. for the committed bicyclist out to help save the planet.

Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center.

Cutting Your Car Use, the web site for Anna Semlyen's new book by the same name.

Bicycle Transportation Systems proposes indoor, wind-assisted cycling.

Trees and Vegetation in the Architecture and Planning of High-Density City-Centerss.

Bright Angel Frontier is proposing a radical restructuring of large areas of the US West that would create carfree towns by re-creating a historic Nineteenth Century infrastructure based on horses and steam trains.

Slow Cities: where the living is good, not fast. provides sensible advice and tools for greener living.

Travel on ELTIS, the European Local Transport Information Service.

Openbaar Reisinformatie (in Ducth). How to do transit information right.

Earth Carfree Day (19 April 2001).

Car-Free Housing in European Cities: A Survey of Sustainable Residential Development Projects.

COST Transport and the COST 339 initiative for small Euro-container standard.

Healthy Cities, Urban Theory, and Design: The Power of Jane Jacobs site at University of Virginia.

Simmons & Company International is an investment bank specializing in oil. Their site provides extensive data on the oil industry.

Velo Mondial, a global bike site that includes the Amsterdam Declaration on the rights of cyclists.

Better TimesAccess to sustainable, simple, & frugal living.

Home page of Jane Holtz Kay, architecture and planning critic for The Nation and author of Asphalt Nation, Preserving New England and Lost Boston.

Dancing Rabbitis an ecovillage in northeast Missouri committed to creating a sustainable village of 500-1000 people. A vehicle co-op is used instead of private cars.

The Fellowship for Intentional Community promotes intentional communities all over the world, both rural and urban. Many of these communities provide a carfree lifestyle for their members.

Chainguard - bicycle advocacy on line.

Sustainable Energy Coalition

Ivan Illich: Energy and Equity full text on line.

Coming soon: The Carfree Institute.


The links below did not work the last time visited. If these sites remain "off the air" for a protracted period, they will be deleted as defunct. proposes an approach to carfree living that resembles the Reference Design in some important ways while also supporting the conversion by using in-place rail systems. Also 404 at .

Greenpeace proposal on carfree cities.

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