World Carfree Day Imagines Automobile Independence
Have you ever wondered what cities might look, feel, and sound like without cars?
Grassroots organizers around the globe have declared September 22nd as World Carfree Day– a celebration of cities and public life as they can be; free from the noise, stress and pollution of cars.
From the official website:
Carfree days were first organized during the oil crisis of the 1970s, and several occured in European cities during the early 1990s. An international carfree day was organized in Europe in 1999, which was the pilot project for the European Union’s “In Town Without My Car” campaign. This campaign continues today as European Mobility Week.
Human-triggered climate change is accelerating, and this event is designed to draw attention to the world’s addiction the car by turning up the heat on city planners and politicians to give priority to cycling, walking and public transport, instead of to the automobile.
Creative Suggestions For Car-Free Action:
- Hand out fake parking tickets. These should be designed to look like the parking tickets of your town or city, but instead explain to drivers how parking lots hog public space, and cars contribute to climate change.
- Organize a group bike ride with friends or neighbors that are usually glued to their car.
- Drag your sofa out into the street and sit and read a book. reclaim a small patch from the cars – and be prepared to answer questions about what you are doing and invite your neighbours to join in.
Even if the only thing you can do is to cancel that extra trip to the store, or walk to your dinner date instead of taking a taxi, you’ll be helping to demonstrate that life can go on without cars.
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