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Car Free Day: Rally and Ride
by Break the Gridlock | 09/21/2010
Greetings, Carfree Chicago!
Hooray! Tomorrow, Wednesday Sept 22, is World Car Free Day. Break the Gridlock is celebrating with a rally and bike ride tomorrow night. The ride leaves at 6pm sharp from Daley Plaza and ends at 7pm at the Bike Winter kick-off meeting at the Billy Goat on Madison (1535 W.)
The idea is that we spread love and thanks for walkers, bikers, skaters, bladers, transit users, etc. downtown... and encourage the drivers hitting the highway ramps to join us next time. If you are feeling creative and/or loud, come prepared with your best car-freedom costumes and slogans.
Also, please take the Active Trans' car-free pledge. Even if you are already car-free, it is good to be counted. When you take the pledge, you show support for a less car-dependent future. http://www.activetrans.org/carfree.
Today there was a timely article in the New York Times about real and perceived risks, especially related to children: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/19/weekinreview/19belkin.html. From the article:
“The least safe thing you can do with your child, statistically, is drive them somewhere,” said Lenore Skenazy, author of “Free-Range Kids,” a manifesto preaching a return to the day when children were allowed to roam on their own. “Yet every time we put them in the car we don’t think, ‘Oh God, maybe I should take public transportation instead, because if something happened to my kid on the way to the orthodontist I could never forgive myself.’ ”
One reason I am car-free is that car crashes are the number one cause of injury to children up to 18. I prefer not to have the awesome responsibility of navigating a huge, dangerous machine down our city streets, and I also don't want to subject my son to the risks of being in car. This does not mean we never drive; just that we take it very seriously.
Hope to see you tomorrow and thanks for all you do to promote car-freedom,
Gin Kilgore (on behalf of Break the Gridlock)