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Car-free Seattle: an ongoing campaign to make cars obsolete

Mayor Greg Nickels Proclaims August 24 Car-Free Seattle Day

WHEREAS, the widespread use of the single occupancy vehicle in Seattle has contributed to such problems as pollution, traffic accidents, and traffic congestion; and

WHEREAS the vast majority of travelers in the Seattle area still depend on the single occupancy vehicle as their sole means of transportation; and

WHEREAS, the city of Seattle has introduced numerous programs and services that encourage the use of alternative means of transportation including but not limited to the provision of bike lanes, a public bus system, vouchers such as the U-Pass, and the forthcoming rail projects; and

WHEREAS, there is a need to encourage the members of Seattle's community to use these alternative means of transportation and educate them on how to use them in order to counteract the above mentioned problems of the single occupancy vehicle;

NOW, THEREFORE, be it proclaimed, by the Mayor of Seattle, that Saturday, August 24th 2002 be declared Car Free Seattle Day in order to promote the use of alternative means of transportation, celebrate those who have already looked beyond the single occupancy vehicle as their main source of transportation, and teach others that they have the power to do the same.

[signed] Greg Nickels,
Mayor of Seattle

Car-Free Seattle is made possible by a grant from the City of Seattle CarSmart Communities Program