We have read a very interesting review about the book “Voyageurs sans ticket. Liberté, égalité, gratuité : une expérience sociale à Aubagne“. You should read it too!
Year by year our local public transport introduces price increases of tickets. It costs now too much. Many people can’t use public transport legal, because they haven’t money. Many people started using cars, because it is cheaper. It’s create bigger traffic jams, more car exhaust, and bigger costs of road maintenance. So Wolny Związek Zawodowy “Sierpień 80” (Free Trade Union “August 80” – radical left trade union) started campaign to promote a free public transport idea. We refer to Tallin and Hasselt example. We want to enter the free public transport, because it’s cheaper for autonomy budget, for people, and brings many benefits – it’s more ecological, and prosocial. That why we are taking to do public transport free by social protests and substantive arguments. And we have hope to win!
The name Sierpień 80 (August 80) links to big social protest in August 1980 in Poland. Polska Partia Pracy – “Sierpień 80” (Polish Labour Party – “August 80”) was created by the trade union).
This upcoming saturday we will meet at the suburban station of Vestli on the eastern outskirts of Oslo. Ida Isax will play for us and the concert will take us into the city, celebrating the “T-bane” as a truly public space, open and available to all.
Our choice of departure is not coincidental. The consequences of environmental impacts are most often felt in low income areas with high rates of poor or/and immigrant dwellers. As far as Oslo goes, the worst of these consequences present themselves in the eastern suburbs of Oslo. It’s worth mentioning that Oslo has the highest rates of air-pollution cities in Europe in the winter time.
But this saturday we will celebrate. Free the public transports!
During the peak hour, the group placed the same stickers on the doors of the tramways, on all trams of the main lines of Brussels. The sticker points at the button to open the doors.
The goal of the campaign is to associate the usage that the people are doing of the infrastructure with the concept of free transports. In other words, the first goal is to sensibilize the population to this problematic, in a more funny way!
Stay tuned on the Facebook page!
“If you were to design the ultimate system, you would have mass transit be free and charge an enormous amount for cars.”
– Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg
The annual free public transport day occurs on the first Saturday of March and was first celebrated by the swedish commuter network Planka.nu with a large subway demonstration in the subway in Stockholm on the first of March 2008.
This year the free public transport day will be celebrated on March 3 and we hope that everyone of you will join us in the celebration! In Stockholm there will, among other things, be political rallies and opening of barriers in the public transport system.
We have set up the webpage http://www.freepublictransportday.com/ where everyone can send in information about what activities they will be doing on that day, as well as reports and pictures afterwards. (please mail them to email@example.com and then we’ll publish them)
After a way too long break due to our stupid web host deleting our site, we’re finally back online. :)
FPT-day is coming up this saturday. Things are happening all around, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you are planning something where you live!
In Sweden, different initiatives are gathered on www.nolltaxa.nu (in Swedish only as of yet). The program includes actions in Stockholm, seminars and leafleting in Malmö and free buses in Mora – where the annual ski race Vasaloppet takes place the same weekend.
In Germany Berlin fährt frei (Berlin rides for free) calls out for the participation in the rally: “Stand up for a different railway politics!” that is happening on the International Day of Action for Free Public Transport—Saturday March 5, 2011—from 15:00 at Potsdamer Platz. Berlin fährt frei will be speaking at the event.
Even if Berlin’s S-Bahn (regional train) disaster has disappeared from the front pages, the ice is still thin and the issue is still boiling. The S-Bahn is still only running on a rudimentary level and what should happen as of 2017—when the contract would be renewed—is completely unclear. Nothing points to the sign that the S-Bahn’s profit orientation will change without pressure from below. That’s why we want to make a statement on March 5:
“Business as usual” will not work for Berlin! The recent water referendum is only a taste of what is possible. And because we don’t want to get stuck in destructive defensive cycles, we demand:
Berlin rides for free—Bus and train without the need for tickets!
For the right to mobility and against social exclusion.
For real environmental and climate politics and fewer cars.
Because so, everyone’s quality of life improves and because common goods must be organized democratically.
Berlin rides for free—The city belongs to us!
The rally was initiated by Schwabenstreich Berlin. More information (in German) here:
In Florianopolis, Brazil, a Carnival parade is being planned for Free Public Transport day. “Bloco” is when someone, usually a band, goes on top of a truck parading on the streets and the crowd follows dancing samba or funk. In this case the band or the “bloco” is called “BONDE DOS CATRAQUEIRAS” and the carnival event will be used to promote free transportation.People are asked to bring pots and pans to make noise and to bring a white t-shirt that will be painted with the “bloco” graphics. Sounds an amazing party!
We wish you a happy Free Public Transport Day!
First Free Transport Movement (Movimento Passe Livre – MPL) action against the bus fares rise gathered 170 people
The first public demonstration against the price increase was performed on January the 6th, gathering around 170 people in Bandeira Square. After the assembly and after “Carlito” danced the called “Funk against the rase” it was held a rally. Streets and cross roads were closed, thereby giving the voices in the demonstration a bigger importance and attention.
The city hall tried, along with the bus companies, to demobilize the population of Joinville, planing the increase of the bus fares for a holiday season (Christmas and New Year). Hoping thereby to pass this increase without any further explanations, an extremely undemocratic attitude .
But the population answerd with noise on the streets, making sure they were heard on the city hall as the polititions didn’t open the issue to debate with the popular sector, debating it only with the bus companies.
Thus it was launched the campaign “$ 2.30 IS THEFT, ” which demands the withdrawal of the fare on public transport and the end of the comercialization of the public transportation on the city. Transportation has to be public, it’s not an object of profitable business for some.
The protesters have declared a new manifestation date: Tuesday, 11/01 at 18h in Bandeira Square.
Berlin, October 12, 2010
With the motto “Think global – Act local!” the Berlin based campaign “Berlin fährt frei” (Berlin rides for free) informed interested Berliners during its kickoff action on the global action day for climate justice.
The “Berlin fährt frei” campaign puts its action in the context of the global action day for climate justice. From 5 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon humorous small theatre performances and various information material enlivened the Berlin subway lines and stations and many passengers. The aim and focus of the action were to criticize the impact of private motorised transport on the one hand and the motivate a change to solidaristically, democratically organised free public transport that is not based on economic growth on the other.
The campaign found much resonance for its ideas: there was not only unanimous support that public transport in Berlin was to expensive and as first step we need to hinder next year’s planned price hikes, but one passenger doubted that the CO² goals of the Berlin Senate could be reached only with insulation and boiler replacements. A young father remarked that free public transport would reduce traffic in Berlin and make the streets safer for his children.
There was a particularly good reception of the colorfully clad campaigners in the S-Bahn (the regional train, which last had a major crisis due to dwindling security standards), with one passenger asserting: “It can’t be that public services serve the profit interests of large concerns.” Dieter Hartmann, active in “Berlin fährt frei” commented on the positive feedback from passengers during the action: “It is especially the link between environmental protection, social justice, democratic control of common goods and the perspective of a livable city excites people about the campaign.
Only by rethinking our way of life and economy are we able to fulfill our global responsibility on a local level. We’re quite happy about the start of the campaign and invite everybody to make Berlin a poster child for a truly environmental friendly free public transport.
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