Carfree Institute

The home page of the Carfree Institute

J.H. Crawford, author of Carfree Cities and Carfree Design Manual, is working to establish a bricks-and-mortar institute for the study of issues relating to carfree cities. It had long been thought that World Carfree Network would eventually establish such an institute, but this has not materialized.

Crawford is therefore seeking to establish the institute in a carfree district. Following an exploratory trip to Bhaktapur, Nepal, in October/November, 2013, it was decided to establish the institute in this beautiful, fascinating, intact medieval city that is substantially carfree.

Most of the work will be conducted by paid interns from the local community who would be learning a wide range of useful skills, including:

  • Graphic arts
  • Web design
  • Photography
  • Video production
  • Computer simulation
  • Building 3D models of carfree districts
  • Promotion of the carfree idea using social media
  • Ongoing production of the Carfree Times newsletter
Internships will be tailored to the aptitudes and interests of the youths seeking training and work. We now envision hiring about six young people and have already rented office space to accommodate them. We have also installed a reasonably fast internet connection and battery-backup power, a necessity in Nepal, where load shedding can last as long as 18 hours a day. The batteries are charged in part by solar panels on the roof.

Progress updates will be posted here periodically. If you are interested in this project, please direct mail to J.H. Crawford at by typing this address in your mail program:

Learn about some of the issues involved in creating sustainable cities by visiting these web sites:

Carfree Cities:
Read about carfree cities at

Take a virtual tour of Europe's largest carfree city

A Sustainable Future
Learn about supplying energy and resources in the future
(expansion of this web site would be a task of the Carfree Institute)

Last updated 16 April 2014