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Istanbul, Turkey - August 27-31, 2007

MONDAY - AUGUST 27, 2007 - DAY 1
Monday Morning
Time Istanbul Metropolitan Planning and Design Centre Conference Hall Istanbul Metropolitan Planning and Design Centre Meeting Room Outdoors
9:00 Welcome:
1. Introduction to conference series, theme and sub-themes - Randall Ghent (10 min.)
2. Introduction to Istanbul and overview of local situation, plus logistical information and orientation for participants - Kevser Ustundag and colleagues (30 min.)
3. Local NGO speaker - Yesim Ayöz, Suat Ayöz Traffic Victims Association (10 min.)
4. Speaker from NGO abroad - to be announced (10 min.)
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Six 15-minute presentations on conference themes, including question/answer time
1. The Carfree Areas of Istanbul, with speaker to be announced
2. Climate Change & Transport, with Jeroen Verhoeven of Friends of the Earth Europe
3. Leisure, Livability and the Post-Modern City, with Karin Book and Lena Eskilsson, professors of human geography, Malmo and Lund, Sweden
4. City Bicycle Route Maps, with Ralph Herbertz, ADFC, Cologne, Germany
5. Energy Analysis of Stockholm's Upplands Väsby Municipality: A Study to Reduce CO2 Emissions in Compliance with the Kyoto Protocol with Elif Çetin, Stockholm, Sweden
6. The Carfree Areas of Istanbul, with Elvan Erginli & Meltem Parlak, Istanbul, Turkey
Six 15-minute presentations by conference participants, including question/answer time
1. The Activities of Carfree UK, with Ed Beale and Simon Field, Exeter and Newcastle, UK
2. An Introduction to Green Action, with Pippa Gallop, Zagreb, Croatia
3. Plans for Towards Carfree Cities VIII, with Elly Blue and Steph Routh of Shift, Portland, USA
4. Critical Mass in Sao Paulo, with Thiaggo Benicchio, Sao Paulo, Brazil
5. The Carbon Web Project (of PLATFORM), with Ben Diss, UK
6. The Firefly Brigade, with Mary Catherine Sta. Ana, Manila, Philippines
12:30 Lunch break
Monday Afternoon
Time Istanbul Metropolitan Planning and Design Centre Conference Hall Istanbul Metropolitan Planning and Design Centre Meeting Room Outdoors
14:00 Panel Discussion & Debate #1: The Car-Oriented vs. Carfree Lifestyles, with Haluk Gerçek Panel Discussion & Debate #2: Car Culture vs. Public Space Culture, with Idil Isik
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Guided walking tour on urbanism, architecture and historical development: Taksim Region: Findikli, Taksim, Beyoglu, Tünel, Galata (Tea Time) - Findikli (Funicular, Walk, Old Funicular, Tram)
18:30 Welcome cocktail & buffet dinner - on boat on the Bosphorus
20:00 Optional visit to outdoor cafes & clubs

TUESDAY - AUGUST 28, 2007 - DAY 2 - VISIT TO CARFREE PRINCE'S ISLANDS
Tuesday Morning
Time
9:30 Boat trip to Büyükada, the largest of Istanbul's carfree Prince's Islands
11:30 Welcome speech by Prince's Islands Municipality Mayor
12:00 Picnic lunch on Büyükada
Tuesday Afternoon
Time
14:30 Choice of two organised activities on Büyükada
1. The Puzzle of the Prince's Islands, an orienteering tour/treasure hunt to discover the environment of Büyükada based on following clues
2. The Clean Dive, a combination diving excursion/seaside clean-up
16:30 Gathering of Puzzle and Dive participants
17:30 Free time + dinner
20:45 Ferry departure back to city

WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 29, 2007 - DAY 3 - PUBLIC DAY
Wednesday Morning
Time Istanbul Metropolitan Planning and Design Centre Conference Hall Istanbul Metropolitan Planning and Design Centre Meeting Room 1 Istanbul Metropolitan Planning and Design Centre Meeting Room 2
9:30 Various speakers:
1. Speaker from conference partners
2. Speaker from Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University
3. Speaker from Instanbul Metropolitan Planning and Design Centre
4. Speaker from Greater Istanbul Municipality (Mayor of Istanbul)
5. Speaker from Government (Governor of Istanbul)
10:30 Commitment Ceremony in IMP Entrance - Parking Balloon Activity
11:00 Keynote speakers:
1. Erhan Öncü
2. Ole Thorson
3.
12:30 Lunch break
Wednesday Afternoon
Time Istanbul Metropolitan Planning and Design Centre Conference Hall Istanbul Metropolitan Planning and Design Centre Meeting Room 1 Istanbul Metropolitan Planning and Design Centre Meeting Room 2
14:00 Workshop 1
Carfree Development in Europe: Projects Built, Under Construction, and What Next?, with Markus Heller and Ralph Herbertz (Germany), and Ed Beale and Simon Field (UK)
Workshop 2 - The Istanbul Street Experience, with Prof. Dr. M. Costa Lobo, Lisbon, Portugal, and Eda Beyazit, Istanbul, Turkey Workshop 3
Overcoming Car-Oriented Attitudes, with with Elly Blue and Steph Routh of Shift, Portland, USA
15:30 Coffee break
15:50 Workshop 4
TBA
Workshop 5
TBA
Workshop 6
The Car & Energy Use: The Origin of Car-Related Problems, with Ivan Gregov of Green Action, Zagreb, Croatia
17:15 Free time + dinner break
20:30 Video night

THURSDAY - AUGUST 30, 2007 - DAY 4 - AT KÜÇÜKÇEKMECE MUNICIPALITY
Thursday Morning
Time Küçükçekmece Municipality Room 1 Küçükçekmece Municipality Room 2 Küçükçekmece Municipality Room 3
9:30 Discussion/debate
Mobility vs. Proximity: To what extent should we prioritise movement vs. living in urban space allocation? Do we accept that street space should be primarily for transport, as advocates of the complete streets and shared space concepts suggest?
Discussion/debate
Carbon Offsetting: Is it really possible to cancel out our climate impact by paying someone to cut emissions elsewhere? If so, how effective is carbon offsetting as a tool to protect the climate? Are there ways to make it work?
10:45 Coffee break
11:00 Strategy discussion
Organising Carfree Days
Strategy discussion
Combating Car Advertising (and Increasing Carfree Advertising)
Strategy discussion
The True Costs of Transport: How to Make People Aware - How to Make Government Set the True Cost, with András Lukács, Budapest, Hungary
12:00 Conclusions of morning sessions
12:30 Lunch
Thursday Afternoon
Time Küçükçekmece Municipality Room 1 Küçükçekmece Municipality Room 2 Küçükçekmece Municipality Room 3
14:00 Workshop
Successful Bicycle Promotion Projects in Latin America, with Ton Daggers, IBC, The Netherlands
Project development meetings
15:30 Coffee break
16:00 Excursion and guided tour in Old City - includes street closure with performance art and music
18:30 Dinner - in Old City
20:00 Optional visit to outdoor cafes & clubs

FRIDAY - AUGUST 31, 2007 - DAY 5 - WORLD CARFREE NETWORK AGM - AT AFIFE JALE BUILDING
Friday Morning
Time Afife Jale Room 1 Afife Jale Room 2 Afife Jale Room 3 Afife Jale Room 4
9:30 Welcome. Introduction to AGM, facilitator (Jason Kirkpatrick) and decision-making process. Overview of network's development in 2006-2007.
9:45 Overview of proposals and assigning them to working groups.
10:00 Break into working groups
10:00 Member organisations
(approval of new members, removal of inactive members, review of benefits and responsibilities, and membership fee proposal)
Projects and decentralisation
(how to ensure projects effectively meet their goals; how to spread responsibility outside of the International Coordination Centre)
Charter and Statutes
(proposed changes)
Strategic plan
(goals and strategies for next 3-4 years)
11:30 Reports from working groups
12:00 Discussion and decisions based on conclusions of working groups
13:15 Lunch break
Friday Afternoon
Time Afife Jale Room 1 Afife Jale Room 2 Afife Jale Room 3 Afife Jale Room 4
14:00 Network and project priorities for 2006-2007
(based on strategic plan)
Communications
(discussion lists, on-line forum and problem solving)
Charter and Statutes
(proposed changes - continued)
Steering Committee and Advisory Board
(choosing new members)
15:30 Reports from working groups
16:00 Discussion and decisions based on conclusions of working groups
17:00 Ratification of final decisions
17:30 Evaluation
18:00 Dinner break
20:00 Closing party

 
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