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Monday, September 19, 2005

NEWS: Car Free Day

Thursday, 22nd September, 2005 is World Car Free Day.

All around the globe (1,544 cities in 40 apparently) people will be leaving their cars at home and using alternative means of transport to prove that we can seriously reduce our reliance on cars.

In a world where petrol/gas costs are spiralling. Where wars are fought over oil. Where the instability of the Middle East is compounded by the world's addiction to oil. Highlighting alternatives is a very positive act.

Not everyone can live without cars though...rural transport is generally terrible so don't feel too bad if you cannot participate. Do what you can...maybe make extra effort to tell people who can participate to do so on your behalf?

This is what my wife (32 weeks pregnant) and I (not often described as fit, ahem) will be doing on Thursday in celebration of a world without cars.

Catching the bus in the morning instead of driving to the station.

Walking home, at least a 30 minute walk, as the bus timetable ends before we get home.

When my wife goes on maternity leave in about 5 weeks I intend to start cycling to the station. No more car! Healthier heart! Hurrah!

We will let you know how the day goes for us. Be sure to let us know your thoughts and if you manage to ditch the car at all.



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