I’m too sexy for my car.
If the populace could become convinced that it’s sexy to wear oversized plastic sandals in shades of Crayola (Crocs), then I’m confident they can become convinced that it is positively sexy to be car-free. I’ll commence the convincing by drawing attention to these five points:
1. No one has a car in “Sex and the City.”
Did you ever notice how much time Carrie and her friends spend on sidewalks? Sure, they’re semi-fictional characters, so they can afford daily cab rides, but they walk a lot too—with style, grace, and independence. The S&C women may depend on men for their happiness, but not on privately-owned vehicles!
2. I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.
You’ve heard the saying about how if you like yourself, others will like you too? Well, being car-free can make you like yourself a lot. You’ll feel good about your decreased environmental impact, your increased time outdoors, and your more active lifestyle. When others notice your confidence, they’ll be lining up for a dance with you.
3. As noted previously, being car-free can lead to a Tae Bo-caliber butt.
Walking or biking are obviously excellent forms of exercise, but even if you take the bus, the subway, or a cab, you’ll probably wind up burning more calories just by having to go a little farther than your attached garage.
4. Asking for a lift can be a sly way to break the ice with love interests.
After work or an evening out with friends, you can get some alone time with your crush by casually asking for a lift home. Once you’re in the car, a get-acquainted conversation could naturally begin with some info about your car-free life. Be sure to try to repay them in some way, so your first impression isn’t that you’re a car-less mooch.
5. Even Cosmo and Maxim have articles about “going green.”
From Angelina Jolie to Leonardo DiCaprio, tons of sex symbols and celebrities are drawing attention to the green movement, helping to spread the message that it’s cool to reduce, reuse, and recycle. But everyone’s got reusable bags and water bottles. Car-free is cutting-edge.
Did you like those? Keep reading, and I’ll probably come up with more. Or contribute your own point in a comment!