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World Unites Around Global Transportation Challenge

By ReNew Canada 01:43PM November 10, 2008

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On November 13, 2008, an estimated 50,000 participants and volunteers from corporations, organizations, and universities around the world will focus on a common global concern-transportation usability and its impact on our environment. World Usability Day 2008 will launch the Global Transport Challenge to help individuals measure their everyday travel usage; monitor their carbon travel footprint and compare it with others around the world; and minimize their energy usage through alternative travel choices and simple travel changes.

” This year’s theme of transportation helps illuminate important issues such as advancing ecologically friendly transport; improving the design and safety of our transportation vehicles and infrastructure; the security of our travel systems; and opportunities for reducing our everyday carbon footprint,” notes Elizabeth Rosenzweig, founder of World Usability Day.

This year’s events will draw attention to some of the key challenges and opportunities in transportation today-safety and security, new modes of transportation-from autos of the future to bike sharing, infrastructure, signage and online transportation resources. Examples of events include: An International Test and Study of Parking Meter Designs by UXAlliance Partners, Understanding the Success of the Octopus Card-the world’s leading transport and small payment card-in Hong Kong, to the study of New York City Taxicab Designs and The Future of Aviation and Airport Usability in Dallas, Texas.

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