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This should come as no surprise.

January 4, 2011

Come on in for a bite of car-free living.

To commemorate this bright and shiny new year, I’m going to encourage you to make a car-free-focused resolution.

What might come as a surprise though is that I am not, in any way, going to suggest that you actually go car-free.

For, if there is a best time of year to down-shift to a car-free existence, the time that gives us sub-zero temps, eye-watering winds, and knock-you-on-your-ass ice patches is not it.

If you resolve to get rid of your motor, you’ll be just like all those people who resolve to get rid of their spare tire: Unsuccessful.

It’s too much, too soon, in too much slush. Instead, I’m going to offer you a menu of more palatable car-free-ish resolutions:

  • Weekly Walk Appetizer
    Friend lives just down the street? Only going to store for a bulb of garlic? Craving a little fresh air? Then, don’t get in your car. Walk instead, and get a taste for what it’s like to leave your car behind. 
  • Bicyclette Croissant
    No need for an American-sized portion just yet, but go ahead and nibble on this tasty Euro-trendy transportation solution. Bike to work twice a week, and see if you don’t fall in love with “the most efficient—[and, if I may say, the most elegant]—self-powered means of transportation.”
  • Car-lite Sampler
    Try making three car-free trips a week. Walk, bike, bus, or skip there. Just do it without turning an ignition key, and you’ll soon find yourself to be a car-free connoisseur.

You can’t always afford the featured entrée of housemade ravioli, stuffed with locally-sourced ricotta and organically-grown truffle, but you can usually scrounge up enough couch-cushion change for the happy-hour hummus plate—even if you have to split with a friend.

So, what’ll you have in 2011?


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