The Streets of Moldova: First glimpses

If you do not know  Moldova and want to have a first feel for how the city transport scene works there, sit back and have a look. And as you will see from the vantage of what we call “sustainable mobility” it offers a very mixed scene: things that work, and others that could work better. Like virtually every city on this gasping planet. Let’s have a look.

Moldova Chisinau waiting for the bus

Moldova Chisinau waiting for the bus

Traffic scenes

Traffic in Chisinau – http://www.numbeo.com/traffic/city_result.jsp

A minute in traffic in Chisinau (including some outstanding cowboy parking) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8Aja_GgJuE

Morning commute – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzNnbyTINh0

How is traffic flowing in central Chisinau right now –http://computer.md/webcam-online/chisinau-ciocana.php

And if you want a longer and wider look at traffic and street life in Chisinau –https://www.youtube.com/results…

Moldova Chisinau crowded streeets with ped

Public Transport

Ride on a local bus in Chisinau – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0o–lFVZ0E 

A 7 minute ride on a trolleybus – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd5qB2_-248

Moldova Chisinau trolleybus loading

Street scenes

Walking in Chisinau – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zOxWXRQGzU

Chisinau  street life  – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Csz_Kmc9WvI&list=PLJyEaWhhvuDevcc1jLKu5Zu-CUCTq3FIU

Pedestrian street projects – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94riKvnd7D8

Activists attacking illegally parked cars – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRxyMgG-D34

Moldova Chisinau  activists illegally parked cars 2

As you can see things are pretty lively on the streets of Chisinau, the good, the bad and the ugly.  Time to take a closer look.

Getting to know Modova

National Transport Statistics – https://knoema.com/atlas/republic-of-moldova/topics/Transportation

WHO on road safety, injuries in Moldova http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/road_safety_status/2013/country_profiles/republic_of_moldova.pdf

Ministry of the Environment – http://www.mediu.gov.md/index.php/en/component/content/article?id=79:colaborarea-ministerului-mediului-cu-ong-urile-de-mediu&catid=78:despre-minister

Environment groups in Moldava – http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/degnermoldova.ppt

Briefing Book From Development Partners of Moldova – http://www.worldbank.org/en/country/moldova/publication/briefing-book

Moldova – Lost in Transition –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lly_FAAizi8 (Tilted toward youth and Europe but still an important  part of the story).

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Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Britton is an American political scientist and sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest book, "BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transport to Your City" focuses on the subject of environment, equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions. A pre-publication edition of Better Choices is currently undergoing an international peer review during Sept.- Oct. 2017, with the goal of publication in English and Chinese editions by end-year. If you wish to participate drop a line to BetterChoices@ecoplan.org .

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