Ticket Free Day in Oslo!

As a part of Free Public Transport Day, we, in Planka Oslo, have decided to name our campaign day Ticket Free Day. We’re celebrating the occation with a concert on the subway!

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!

Campaign in Brussels, Belgium!

Free Public Transports in Brussels have started their actions by putting stickers on the vast majority of outdoor ticket machines. The stickers points at the confirmation button.

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!

Free Public Transport Day 2012

“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 info@freepublictransports.com and then we’ll publish them)

Facebook event.

Free Public Transport Day 2011

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:

FPT-Day in Brazil

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!

Free public transport struggles in Brazil

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 rides for free!

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.

Read more in german:

Berlin Fährt Frei


New report: The Traffic Hierarchy

Planka.nu presents The Traffic Hierarchy. The report is a translation of Trafikmaktordningen which was released in December last year and it is also featured in the latest issue of Carbusters Magazine.
Download the full report here [.pdf] or read the introduction below.



One is not born a motorist, one becomes one.

Mobility and class are deeply entangled. Not only because one’s potential for mobility often has to do with one’s economic position, but also because a society built on today’s mobility paradigm – automobility – directly contributes to growing economic and social differences.

A society which puts the car on a pedestal quite obviously favours motorists. Another obvious fact is that white high-income and middle-aged men are an over-represented group among motorists. And the opposite is true among public transport users. But, a society that prioritises motoring, and looks at ever-growing mobility as an almost magical recipe for development, increases the differences between its citizens and different parts in other ways as well.

The current traffic hierarchy, with the car on top and with public transport, bikers and pedestrians at the bottom, manifests itself in the fact that these means of conveyance are given different amounts of space and resources. With the car on top of the traffic hierarchy we get a society built on automobility: a world where our lives, to a far too great extent, are steered by cars.

This article is written to clarify how the current traffic hierarchy manifests itself and what its consequences are: a society built on automobility does not only pose grave danger from an ecological point-of-view, it also enhances the current notions towards greater economic and social segregation. By highlighting the problems with the current traffic hierarchy and starting to map out the edges of another way of planning and handling movement we hope and believe that we can also give some clues on how to handle other societal problems.

The car is pitching us towards each other. Who has not experienced the feeling of putting oneself in a car and suddenly being transformed into a motorist? The pure act of putting oneself behind the wheel seems, for almost everyone, to lead to egotistic behavior, a situation where everyone is trying to gain something on someone else’s behalf. While driving a car, one’s fellow human beings (other drivers, public transport users, pedestrians, bikers) become nothing more than obstacles. Who cannot, honestly, recognise the almost aggressive and competitive feeling that the car produces in oneself? Since we do not want to encourage this kind of behaviour, and since we are confident that one is not born a motorist, but rather becomes one, we strongly believe that the risk of people becoming motorists has to be minimised.

Because of this we do not only want to change the order of the traffic hierarchy and take the car down from its pedestal. Rather, we want a society built on totally different premises. A society where no one is forced into motorism, whether passively or actively. A society where proximity and availability to what people need to satisfy their needs and desires are put at the forefront.

Mass action in Ankara subway

This morning (4th of february), one of the first acts to support general strike to support TEKEL (ex-monopoly for alcohol and tobacco) workers took place in Batıkent. The municipality delayed the departure of subway for one and a half hour as thousands of people claimed the right to free transportation. Meanwhile, hundreds of Batıkent residents chanted slogans to support TEKEL workers.
Against the rise of public transportation fees , hundreds of Batıkent residents used the right to free transportation. Claiming the right to public transportation and need for general strike, district organizations of Batıkent Halkevleri, ÖDP (freedom and solidarity party) and EMEP(labor party) called for protest and thousands of people responded the call by jumping over turnstiles .

Passengers were shouting out loud saying ;“We want free transportation”, “Cancel the rise of transportation fees”, “ The ordeal will fail so will Gökçek (Mayor of Ankara)”, “General strike, general resistance”. Batıkent residents emphasized that no one in Turkey should remain silent against the usurpation of the rights and chanted altogether;”Tekel workers are not alone”.

Against the protests and free access to subway, the municipality did not let the subways to move for one and a half hour. Although municipality announced that the subway stop was close due to protests, protesters did not give up and continued their acts.
After one and a half hour, the subway started to move and determinant protest of Batıkent residents proved success. They were chanting “ we will succeed thorugh determinant protests” and have decided to repeat the protest every day until the rise of fees are cancelled.

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