Why is it not completely hilarious, or utterly horrifying, that most people require a device that weighs 10 to 40 times what they do just so they can get to the grocery store or to their job?
The car culture is something that has crept up on us rather quickly, in less than a hundred years, but today it, more than anything else, shapes the world that we live in, at least in the United States. Its influence can chiefly be recognized in the design of suburbs and other new places, places that are built around the car, around making it easy for cars to get around in them. Car environments have something else in common -- they make it virtually impossible for any other type of transportation to use them with any success.
What it all boils down to is that a transportation system based almost completely on the automobile, which is the transportation system that exists in much of the US, does not make sense economically, ecologically or socially. Yet our political leaders are offering no leadership on this issue, because most of them are addicted to the automobile. This is where you and I come in. It is up to us to boycott the automobile, to drive it out of our lives, and take personal responsibility for our planet and the legacy that we leave to future generations.
It is high time that we broke free from our bondage to the automobile, that we escape our slavery to a style of life completely bounded by steel and tires, that we rediscovered the community-building aspects of mass transit and just plain having to walk down the street.
Some personal information about how and why I live carfree is located in One Carfree Life
Some of my observations on how the automobile influences how we think can be found in A General Theory of Automobile Intelligence
Some wise anti-auto words can be found in my page of favorite Carfree Quotations
A parallel is drawn in Cigarettes and Automobiles.
Walk for safety, but leave your living room behind is a column I wrote for my local community newspaper.
There's a whole lot of other groups and individuals questioning car culture out in cyberspace. You can link to several of them through my page of Other Car Free Links.