- ... I m making an event in Chapters bookstors on Sept 21st at 7PM to promote Joel s book and the carfree concept in general. I ll be there along with a handfulMessage 1 of 8 , Sep 13, 2000View Source
> On September 21, 22, 24, the nations of the EU (and otherI'm making an event in Chapters bookstors on Sept 21st at 7PM to promote
> countries as well) will hold an annual carfree day.
> Nearly 1000 cities will take part, none of them in
> the USA or Canada. Now, given that we are facing an energy
> crisis and that everyone's attention is focused on this
> issue by the deluge of media coverage, why is nobody
> talking about the fact that no US or Canadian city has
> seen fit to jump on the carfree day bandwagon?
Joel's book and the carfree concept in general. I'll be there along with a
handful of friends in favor of going carfree. My friend (Marc) found 3 of
his friends who are also in favor of removing cars. Unfortunately, we don't
have dedicated a carfree zone for the Carfree Day yet.
I've made a promotion sheet in both English and French explaining clearly
the tremendous advantages we obtain if we live and move around in a carfree
environment. I got the major university campuses to pin the sheet on their
bulletin boards. I left a pile of sheets in some free paper dispensers in
some strategic places downtown, like Complexe Desjardins, and in the grocery
store in Place Dupuis. A great number of people pass there everyday.
Since those places are carfree indoors and the volume of pedestrians is high
of course, the chances to get people interested to extend this wonderful
carfree habitat outdoors as well should be good. When the typical pedestrian
will be aware that going carfree is not a dream, then we can more easily
form a strong group of people to attract the attention and get some of car
drivers to think it's possible to abandon the car culture.
I'm sad although not surprised, to know in US and Canada no city yet has
dedicated a carfree zone for the WCFD.
The fact that gas prices are high, it's a good time to make promotion, and
hopefully attract the media attention in North America.
- ... Well, there was Boulder, Colorado. Dawson http://www.ci.boulder.co.us/comm/pressrelease/2000/pr000911.html P.S. I only found out about this today.Message 2 of 8 , Sep 13, 2000View SourceJ.H. Crawford wrote:
>On September 21, 22, 24, the nations of the EU (and otherWell, there was Boulder, Colorado. Dawson
>countries as well) will hold an annual carfree day.
>Nearly 1000 cities will take part, none of them in
>the USA or Canada. Now, given that we are facing an energy
>crisis and that everyone's attention is focused on this
>issue by the deluge of media coverage, why is nobody
>talking about the fact that no US or Canadian city has
>seen fit to jump on the carfree day bandwagon?
P.S. I only found out about this today.
- I m making small flyers to announce world carfree day and sticking them under windshield wipers. Drivers can t miss that message. ...I think this is a greatMessage 3 of 8 , Sep 14, 2000View Source"I'm making small flyers to announce world carfree day and sticking them
under windshield wipers. Drivers can't miss that message."
...I think this is a great grassroots method for getting the word out. How
about including the car-free web site address? People might just check it
out and start thinking. J.H., is this OK?
- ... OK, here s a draft. Quick review, please: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Carfree.com Contact: J.H. Crawford 14 September 2000Message 4 of 8 , Sep 14, 2000View Source
>>What might we do in the next 10 days to direct mediaDoug said:
>>attention to the glaring discrepancy between the world's
>>most resource-consuming nations and everybody else, with
>>respect to the observance of a carfree day?
>Well, ten days is a short time, but we have the Internet.OK, here's a draft. Quick review, please:
>How about preparing a press release pointing to the Carfree Day activities
>in the EU and asking the question Joel poses above? We can circulate it to
>as many media outlets as possible and try to stimulate some interest.
>I maintain a list of e-mail addresses for San Francisco area media
>people. I'll bet we can assemble others for other regions, and for the
>national media, without too much trouble.
>My work pile is a little too high to volunteer to write a first draft, but
>I can help with review and editing if someone will take a shot at it.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Carfree.com Contact: J.H. Crawford
14 September 2000 +31 20 638 6057
September 21 is International Car-Free Day:
Where is the USA?
Except for Boulder, Colorado, the USA is observing International
Carfree Day by ignoring it. While more than 700 cities around the
globe are observing, even celebrating, International Carfree Day,
the USA and Canada are studiously ignoring it, even in the face
of skyrocketing oil prices and grave concerns about energy supplies
for the coming winter.
The future for continued automobility on the scale to which we have
grown accustomed is not rosy. Oil production is not ever going to
increase substantially above its current very high level, yet demand
is continuing to rise even in the face of concerns about global
warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels. We are now at the
peak of global oil production, or so close to it as not to matter.
A carfree day gives the public a chance to witness the changes that
occur in a city when the traffic disappears. The improvement in the
quality of life that follows heavy urban traffic is a large gain, one
that more than offsets the loss of convenience of being able to drive
everywhere. Public transport can easily replace the lost mobility,
and can do it at social, ecological, and economic costs that are far
lower than even the current low cost of driving.
Given that we are eventually going to have to reduce our level of
driving anyway, the carfree day is a wonderful opportunity to show
the public the good effects that this will bring. The sooner we
start making the change to carfree cities, the longer we will have
to accomplish this difficult task, and the less painful will be the
economic dislocations that are going to follow the end of cheap oil.
Why, then, has the USA simply decided not to join International
For more information on carfree cities, visit http://www.carfree.com/
See also _Carfree Cities_ by J.H. Crawford (International Books, 2000)
J.H. Crawford Carfree Cities
- ... Excellent. I could happily let it go as-is. I m ready to begin distributing this to my contact list, assuming nobody else has significant changes. I llMessage 5 of 8 , Sep 14, 2000View SourceAt 06:49 AM 9/14/2000, Joel wrote:
>OK, here's a draft. Quick review, please:Excellent. I could happily let it go as-is.
>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>Carfree.com Contact: J.H. Crawford
>14 September 2000 +31 20 638 6057
>September 21 is International Car-Free Day:
>Where is the USA?
I'm ready to begin distributing this to my contact list, assuming nobody
else has significant changes.
I'll watch this forum for further comment.
- To sort out the confusion on the plethora of car free days, I suggest a visit to @World Car Free Day site at http://ecoplan.org/carfreeday . The bottom line isMessage 6 of 8 , Sep 15, 2000View SourceTo sort out the confusion on the plethora of car free days, I suggest a
visit to @World Car Free Day site at http://ecoplan.org/carfreeday .
The bottom line is that any day is a good one to go car free.
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