Monday, March 25, 2013

Early this morning World Streets welcomed our 3000th registered reader



ws-newsstandEarly this morning World Streets welcomed our 3000th registered reader. After almost to the day four years of faithful service to the cause of sustainable transport, sustainable cities and sustainable lives, since the beginning of the year we have started to receive a substantial increase in these contacts.  For example, even as I write this note, the number is up to 2015 (which you can confirm for yourself in the top right column). We feel proud and hope that you as one of our readers feel proud too. After all , the only reason we are here is to learn from each other and do what we can to make our cities and our planet fairer and better places for all, today and tomorrow.


Why has this bump of interest come about?


It is certainly not because we are publishing more.  And while the quality standard remains high as ever,  but as editor I cannot really spot any major difference.

I have to guess it is because of the fact that we have started to give much more coverage and put more work into the Equity Initiative, including a total Spring cleaning and redrafting of the blog so that our readers can conveniently navigate of the considerable body of work and references being shared here under this heading.

And this is our lesson. To put the concept of equity at the very top of our list for the remainder of this year. To continue coverage in these pages, to engage cities and other partners wishing to test the water for this "new" and as yet not very clearly defined concept. To continue our efforts to publish a short book on the subject by mid year (book already in progress as you can see in the equity section of this site).  And to encourage others to do the same or, one might reasonably hope, more and better.

Who reads World Streets in Spring 2013?


The following map summarizes the locations of the last 80 visitors to check into the site. The overall pattern is pretty much what we see from day to day, though we usually have regular traffic from Japan, Korea and Taiwan. On the other hand China is well hidden behind the wall.  And it is always heartwarming when we hear from readers in the Middle East and Africa.

(The US pattern that we are seeing today is also quite typical, and the fact that for the most part we are accessed by people in states that voted for President Obama is also perhaps worth a thought.)

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Our readers today come from more than one hundred fifty countries on al continents. Just below you will find a listing which presents them in order of frequency of access, with the US, the UK, Canada Australia and India at the top - not surprising since we publish in English.




  1. United States

  2. United Kingdom

  3. Canada

  4. Australia

  5. India

  6. France

  7. Germany

  8. Brazil

  9. Italy

  10. Spain

  11. Netherlands

  12. Sweden

  13. South Africa

  14. New Zealand

  15. Portugal

  16. Philippines

  17. Russian Federation

  18. Chile

  19. Taiwan

  20. Belgium

  21. Finland

  22. Estonia

  23. Thailand

  24. Norway

  25. Singapore

  26. Korea

  27. Denmark

  28. Poland

  29. Mexico

  30. Turkey

  31. Indonesia

  32. Japan

  33. Malaysia

  34. Austria

  35. Switzerland

  36. Pakistan

  37. Greece

  38. Hong Kong

  39. Colombia

  40. Ireland

  41. Israel

  42. Serbia

  43. Czech Republic

  44. Hungary

  45. Argentina

  46. Romania

  47. Ukraine

  48. Iceland

  49. United Arab Emirates

  50. Latvia

  51. Lithuania

  52. Bangladesh

  53. Kenya

  54. Viet  Nam

  55. Slovenia

  56. Nigeria

  57. Saudi Arabia

  58. Croatia

  59. Slovakia

  60. Egypt

  61. Albania

  62. Bulgaria

  63. Peru

  64. Moldova

  65. Nepal

  66. Sri Lanka

  67. Uganda

  68. Qatar

  69. Cambodia

  70. Dominican Republic

  71. Ghana

  72. Lebanon

  73. Venezuela

  74. Jordan

  75. Mauritius

  76. Ecuador

  77. Iraq

  78. Kuwait

  79. Trinidad and Tobago

  80. Mozambique

  81. Bosnia and  Herzegovina

  82. Puerto Rico

  83. Georgia

  84. Bahrain

  85. Macao

  86. Tanzania

  87. Ethiopia

  88. Cyprus

  89. Brunei

  90. Darussalam

  91. Oman

  92. Syrian Arab Republic

  93. Macedonia

  94. Malta

  95. Jamaica

  96. Morocco

  97. Azerbaijan

  98. Senegal

  99. Mongolia

  100. Algeria

  101. Costa Rica

  102. Armenia

  103. Palestine

  104. Guyana

  105. Djibouti

  106. Côte d'Ivoire

  107. Fiji

  108. Maldives

  109. Libya

  110. Luxembourg

  111. Belarus

  112. Honduras

  113. Tunisia

  114. Botswana

  115. Guadeloupe

  116. Yemen

  117. Rwanda

  118. Virgin Islands, British

  119. Guatemala

  120. Afghanistan

  121. Gambia

  122. Zimbabwe

  123. China

  124. Faroe Islands

  125. Panama

  126. Guernsey

  127. Kazakhstan

  128. Uruguay

  129. El Salvador

  130. Andorra

  131. Paraguay

  132. Burkina Faso

  133. Lesotho

  134. Namibia

  135. Swaziland

  136. Isle of Man

  137. Benin

  138. Saint Lucia

  139. Bolivia

  140. Bhutan

  141. Laos

  142. Liechtenstein

  143. Myanmar

  144. Barbados

  145. Uzbekistan

  146. Bahamas

  147. Gabon

  148. Sudan

  149. Tajikistan

  150. Togo

  151. Suriname

  152. Martinique

  153. Réunion

  154. Guam

  155. Bermuda

  156. Aruba


Conclusion


It looks to your editor like we are doing a job that some people at least think needs to be done. So let's keep at it at least  in the year ahead.

The downside for us is that as founding editor  I still have not figured out how to pay for it.  I decided at the beginning that the journal would be free to all, and that we would not accept advertising.  And I must confess that I would rather let the whole thing sink into the ocean before giving up on either of these ethical points.  (If anyone has any ideas of how we can find the support necessary to continue to do the job, that would be a great and timely relief.)

In the meantime we are going to push hard to make a major contribution with the Equity Initiative in the year ahead, and hope that you will stay on board for the voyage, and possibly even get directly involved. We are betting on equity. Because without it I don't see a lot of any real promise on the horizon.

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