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Freedom from Cars Declaration

Posted by on July 14th, 2005 at 12:53 pm

Back on 4th of July weekend I asked everyone to declare independence from the automobile. I also said if anyone wanted to sign a declaration I’d put something together.

I got a few responses so here’s what I came up with.

It is not intended to be an anti-car manifesto. I believe cars have their place in our lives but I also believe that we’ve let them take over our lives in too many ways. We, as cyclists, need to show solidarity and begin to increase awareness and try to establish a more sensible equality on the roads.

One person has already signed and I hope more of you will consider. It doesn’t make you obligated to anything. Just read it, think about it, and pass it along to family and friends if you’d like. You’re also free to ridicule it and offer feedback. Whatever happens, happens. It felt good to put that stuff down and publish it for the world to see.

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