How should we move around? What roles do cars, public transport, walking and cycling play in society? We must consider emissions and pollution, infrastructure, spatial planning, communities, new services and traveling for work and pleasure.

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Apply today&see into your future: Spread iFuture online workshop

Reminder: See the future you - iFutureWe welcome you to apply for a unique process to see what your life could be like in 2050. We've done this already in Finland, Germany, Spain & Hungary and…Continue

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Started by Outi Kuittinen Sep 3, 2012.

Apply today&see into your future: Spread iFuture online workshop

Reminder: See the future you - iFutureWe welcome you to apply for a unique process to see what your life could be like in 2050. We've done this already in Finland, Germany, Spain & Hungary and…Continue

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Started by Outi Kuittinen Sep 3, 2012.

Gathering ideas for SPREAD Research Agenda

Hello to all discussing and browsing the Moving group!The SREAD team is currently working on a research agenda for which we wish to identify research questions still unanswered on sustainable…Continue

Started by Oskari Niitamo Aug 17, 2012.

Carpooling startup inspired by grassroots public transport in Zimbabwe 2 Replies

"Inspired in Zimbabwe The founders of Zimride were inspired by drivers in Zimbabwe, who pick up strangers and give them a lift for a few bucks. The company is applying that principle in the U.S.,…Continue

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Started by Oskari Niitamo. Last reply by Roope Mokka Jul 23, 2012.

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Comment by Aleksi Neuvonen on May 6, 2011 at 1:06am
It seems that discussion on peak-oil is now totally mainstream: Act now on peak oil or curtail mobility, says Commission
Comment by Cheryl Hicks on September 3, 2011 at 12:14pm

Report:  Impacts / footprint of personal transport in the UK and options for more sustainable transport options.


Executive summary

Personal transport accounts for 16% of the UK’s ecological footprint and domestic transport currently represents around 23% of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions, excluding those associated with international air travel (which in 2004 accounted for over ten million tonnes of carbon). Transport demand, particularly for road and air travel is increasing every year, as are the associated environmental impacts.

This report analyses the UK’s current personal transport patterns and examines potential strategies for reducing this impact. The report examines a variety of strategies including increased efficiency of current transport modes, public transport and biofuels. Scenarios, based on transport patterns in the South East are also modelled to highlight potential strategies.

The report concludes that whilst the environmental impact of transport may be reduced through a range of strategies including efficiency gains, technology and to a lesser extent alternative fuels; given the increase in demand, efficiency savings alone are not going to significantly reduce energy use in the transport sector. Therefore the longer term aim has to be a reduction in the energy used / distance travelled by powered transport. This can only be done through a greater localisation, reducing the need or desire for people and goods to regularly move long distances.

For any sustainable community, ensuring that there are attractive, affordable local facilities and services; along with safe, accessible walking and cycling routes and facilities, is vital to enable us to work towards a One Planet lifestyle.


Comment by Carolina Caro Vidal on October 6, 2011 at 10:12pm

Hi everibody!

Let's see this interesting iniciative...

It's connect the forests of Spain and Europe through a network of ecological corridors!  A way to combat climate change while creating jobs and move toward a greener economy. And a resource to encourage social responsibility among companies, governments, associations and citizens .


The project is called : "Ardilla: Connecting Liffes".

Comment by Carolina Caro Vidal on October 6, 2011 at 10:15pm
Comment by Carolina Caro Vidal on October 9, 2011 at 7:06pm

Doing things fun we improve our health! http://


Good initiatives to increase healthy habits..

Comment by Nora Brüggemann on October 28, 2011 at 12:23pm
A car used to be the ultimate symbol of freedom and independence but increasingly consumers view ownership as an expense and a burden. This new infographic explores the global growth of car sharing as an alternative to ownership and why it has a bright future. A lot of interesting figures and facts from around the world:
Comment by Outi Kuittinen on October 31, 2011 at 8:14pm

Wow! What a site. This will be useful in inspiring one of our Peloton Innovation Camp teams that will work on an idea on p2p car sharing.

Comment by Nick Meynen on November 9, 2011 at 11:28am

speaking of car-sharing: i'm a happy user of cambio since years, a big carsharing company in Belgium. To me, NOT having to worry about everything that comes with OWNING a car mean MORE FREEDOM. That might sound strange for those who feel their car is their freedom but just think of it: no insurance worries, no repairs, no controls, no 700 dollar a month (what a car owner pays) but about 70 a month, which means I can afford to do salarised work for only 3 days a week instead of 5 and keep me busy with my writing passion besides! Now that is what I call freedom! I think that's the kind of message we need to spread: less is more, not owning a car is not giving something up, it is about winning something:  freedom and stress-free time!

Comment by Nora Brüggemann on December 12, 2011 at 4:18pm

Related to this:

 One scenario of a Vision 2030 on mobility published (in Germany) by the ADAC - Germany's largest automobile club - also foresees "Multimobility - without a private car".

Two other scenarios look into "Car of the future" and "Information and Communication".

The report can be downloaded here:

Comment by Jean Philippe Cornelis on December 16, 2011 at 7:14am

The Cambio solutions for sharing cars seems to me the best possibility and I'am trying to launch one in my village, but those cars should be propelled with solar  photovoltaïc electricity and so, we are trying to convince those carsharing companies to use electrical vehicles, what is already done in Brussels with the Zen car.

What we propose now as basic principle:

Always use first public transport facilities, especially in the cities, or go stepwise.

If not possible, like in the country where there will never be a good complete affordable service, take the least polluting (sunelectric bycicles, motorbikes, small cars to go shopping for havy material) to make the link to the closest railway or bus station.

Always choose the transport system that uses as less possible space on the road and with a good well to wheel return like sunelectric bikes and cars, recharged by photovoltaïc pannels, as we are now promoting a campaign for special privileged tracks for byclicles and motorbikes in the cities and in the country.  


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