7 million carfree for a day
- I'm in Israel for a couple of weeks working for a client in the so
called Israeli Silicon Valley in Herzilya, just North of Tel Aviv.
Yom Kippur, the most holy of Jewish holidays started at sundown.
And with it, all powered vehicles were shut down. This is done every
year, but this was the first that I'd heard of it, and I don't find
reference to this car free event in Car Free cities or on this
discsussion. I bet there is nothing like this anywhere else, 7
million more or less 1st world people taking a break from their car
for a day.
And, indeed, it is wonderfully quiet and safe on the streets. I just
got back from a long walk, it felt great! No looking over my
shoulder for that left turning driver when crossing streets, no tire
noise from passing cars, no waiting my turn to cross a street (when
my turn is, of course, always last).... Life as it should be. Hmmm,
think about it, it took an order from God to get the Israelis to
stop driving for a day. It is a miracle!
Too bad that only us carfree crazies get it; how terrific this
really is. You'd think that a day like this would start some people
to think. But no, the Israelis make up for this day off by being
terrible pushy risky drivers the rest of the year.
So, yes, I agree that carfree days are close to useless; a crutch to
feel better about a situation that just plain sucks (the domination
of cars that is). But I'm going to enjoy this windfall for the one
day that I can. I've rented a bicycle and tomorrow, for the 1st time
in my life, I'm going to have a fearless (like in without fear) ride
on the roads.
I'll report again at the end of the day tomorrow.
- As promised, I'm reporting back in. My bike ride to Jaffa on
Israel's car free Holy Day, Yom Kippur was everything that I hoped
it would be. Parent's pushing strollers down the middle of normally
busy streets, packs of kids biking freely, pedistrians crossing
streets unhurriedly, quiet.....
If you like to read a bit more about my minor adventure and see some
pics then go to:
- Looks peaceful, good photography.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ron Wolf" <ronetele13@...>
Sent: Monday, October 06, 2003 9:00 AM
Subject: [carfree_cities] Re: 7 million carfree for a day
> As promised, I'm reporting back in. My bike ride to Jaffa on
> Israel's car free Holy Day, Yom Kippur was everything that I hoped
> it would be. Parent's pushing strollers down the middle of normally
> busy streets, packs of kids biking freely, pedistrians crossing
> streets unhurriedly, quiet.....
> If you like to read a bit more about my minor adventure and see some
> pics then go to:
> _________Ron Wolf
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