Michael Jackson was right.
You are not alone.
Here’s what Wiki says about us:
A broad, informal, emergent network of individuals and organizations including social activists, urban planners, and others brought together by a shared belief that cars are too dominant in most modern cities.
Also according to Wiki, our goal is to:
To create places where car use is greatly reduced or eliminated, to convert road and parking space to other public uses, and to rebuild compact urban environments where most destinations are within easy reach by public transport, walking, or cycling.
We done got ourselves a movement!
Maybe I’ll come up with some lyrics in a future post—or maybe one of you lovely folks will compose some. In the mean time, let’s take stock of what we’ve got:
- We’ve got individuals and groups working in harmony to create a world with fewer parking lots and more parks.
- We’ve got citizens, activists, lobbyists, lawmakers, and city planners all on board the same big public bus in the direction of car-free paradise.
- We’ve got each other.
We’ve got exciting things happening, like:
- World Carfree Day
- Car Free Friday
- Campaign for Better Transport
- Critical Mass
- Towards Carfree Cities Conference
- New Mobility Agenda
- Bike-to-Work Day
- Reclaim the Streets
- World Carshare Consortium
- (and everyone’s favorite) World Naked Bike Ride
And, to be sure, things aren’t just happening in the U.S. (though we might be the place where the movement is most needed). They’re happening everywhere—from France to Mexico to Indonesia to South Africa. And I think they will continue to happen.
That’s why I’m here each week: Because I believe in the car-free movement.
I also believe that Michael was right when he said, “If you can’t feed your baby, then don’t have a baby.” Fewer babies means fewer mini-vans.