Car-Free Days: What's Gone Wrong?
- Dear European Car-Free Day Promoters:
As you may know, we at Car Busters have been following with considerable
interest the car-free day concept that you and your colleagues have been
actively pushing on the international scene for a number of years now, and
in particular the latest car-free event in Bogotá and the well-deserved
Stockholm prize that is now being awarded for the international
collaboration behind this event.
At the same time, however, we wonder why, despite the fact that the
day approach has received a fair amount of media attention in Europe (and
elsewhere via the wire services) over the past two years, so little seems
happen AS A RESULT of these days. We at Car Busters have our own theory
about why the "En ville sans ma voiture" programmes have yielded so little
of interest or use to date, and we have set these out in some detail in
latest edition of Car Busters Magazine. I recommend it to your attention.
One always wonders of course if indeed one might be wrong. Might it be
the "En ville..." approach is the best way to go about rectifying the huge
imbalances and problems that most of our cities suffer from? So, in light
the enormous difference between what has happened in France and Italy on
car-free scene of late, and what has been achieved in Bogotá, we took it
upon ourselves to conduct an international informal poll, asking if there
might be a better name for the French and Italian approach which seems
to become the European norm -- instead of what we think can fairly be
considered the real car-free day approach, of which Bogotá is a fine
So without further ado, here are some of the names proposed thus far,
we would now like to submit to you, your readers and your international
colleagues for comment and evaluation. We were thinking of perhaps
a Car Busters award for the best entry, with the announcement to be made
following the awards ceremony for the Stockholm Prize:
* In Town Without My Car Today Maybe, But Tomorrow Watch Out!
* Car-Free Lite Days
* Virtual Car-Free Days
* Mini Car-Free
* En ville sans ma voiture, mais avec mon vélo de Peugeot
(In Town Without My Car, But With My Peugeot Bicycle: the Car-Free Day
that even the auto industry is willing to go along with)
* The E.U. Never-Mind-Our-Full-Speed-Ahead-Road-Building-Programme Day
* Car-Free Days: The Missing Links (a spoof on the E.U. TENs programme)
* Electric Car Promotion Days
We invite further nominations, comments and any eventual fine-tuning and
improvement of the above. We also invite counter-criticism of this
criticism, as we imagine that there are going to be some hurt feelings.
So, sorry if we have hurt anybody's feelings, but we think that the issues
are more important.
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