July 17, 2007

Promoting for transportation alternatives in Amman City

NYC Cycling Map 2007

The New York Cycling Map was developed to encourage more people to bicycle by identifying a network of the best streets and park paths for cycling; to educate cyclists about their rights and responsibilities as roadway and park users; to inform cyclists about access to mass transit, points of interest and bike shops; and to recognize cycling as a legitimate mode of transportation.
I am posting this map to show what a cycling map can look like and to suggest it to city officials to consider planning for bicycle lane in Amman.

In 2006, at least 14 bicyclists were killed in New York city.
This Ghost bike is a memorial for all those whose deaths never made the news.
We need to work toward reclaiming Amman City's streets from the automobile,
and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives.

This can be part of a general mission to reclaim Amman city streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking, and public transit as the best transportation alternatives. Seeking to change Amman transportation priorities to encourage and increase clean, quite, friendly travel, and decrease car use. What we seek is a rational transportation alternative based on a :"Green transportation Hierarchy," which gives preference to modes of travel based on their benefits and costs to society. Read below about Green transportation hierarchy.

The GAM launched early this month the city of Amman planing interim strategy without considering locations for bicycle lines. We ask from the GAM to consider providing bicycle lanes in certain locations in the city. There are certain routes thats can be designed inside and outside the city, providing bicycle lanes are important for the safety of cyclists and will be a step forward toward a more comprehensive green planning of Amman city.

The green transportation hierarchy is the basic concept behind transportation reform groups all over the world, including Transportation Alternatives. The hierarchy puts city-friendly cyclists and pedestrians first. It rewards their low cost, space efficiency, and zero environmental impact. Trucks are not last because they perform vital commercial functions in cities. An important part of the green transportation hierarchy is that trucks get priority over personal automobiles for scarce curbside parking.

1 comment:

ala said...

i think it is a good idea. but u have to educate the people of amman first. they have to accept the idea of bicycling. from what i know it will be a very hard job.
it is not in our culture to do so. there is a big difference between ammanese and newyorkers.
may be the idea is applicable on a small scale in certain areas. for example it is nice to encourage it among students. a good example to apply it in jordan university campus for example.

ala matar
alamatar@gmail.com