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Carfree Seattle is but a small part of the global carfree movement, an ongoing campaign aimed at making automobiles obsolete in urban areas where population density favors mass transit and other more efficient and environmentally friendly modes of transportation, such as walking, bussing, cycling.

Overuse of automobiles makes people lazy and antisocial. It also fosters a dependence on oil resources which has short-circuited America's foreign policy while totally screwing the environment. Any move away from auto dependency is a step towards sanity and sustainability. The future is in your hands. Your every action has an impact. Carpool, ride mass transit, walk, bike. The phasing out of the automobile is an evolutionary step.

Public expenditures on highways, roads, streets and traffic services average $413 annually per capita in the Puget Sound region (PSRC, 1996). - http://www.vtpi.org/whoserd.htm

Local jurisdictions in WA, OR, & Idaho, spent almost $500 million from property & other general taxes on roadwork in 1993. -_Tax Shift_, page 46 http://www.northwestwatch.org/pubs/tax.html

Washingtonians, for example, paid only 10 percent of the cost of interstate highway construction in their state. - http://www.northwestwatch.org/pubs/indic4.html

Fuel taxes, vehicle registrations, and other user fees paid by Pacific Northwest drivers fell at least $300 million short of covering highway construction and maintenance costs in 1993.

Each car in greater Vancouver, for example, costs society an estimated Can $2,700 per year beyond what its owner pays.

"Bicycles are sustainable wonders because of what they don't do to the world. A bicyclist's breathing (the closest a bike comes to exhaust) doesn't acidify the rain or kill people with carbon monoxide and particulates; neither does it alter the global climate. A bicyclist fuels up on carbohydrates, not fossil fuels and imported oil. Bicycles don't cause traffic jams or require paving over whole landscapes at the expense of croplands, government coffers, and livable neighborhoods. And bicycles are not the leading killer of Americans and Canadians 2 to 24 years old or, worldwide, of men 15 to 44 years old. That distinction is reserved for the automobile."
- John C. Ryan, Seven Wonders, www.northwestwatch.org

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less. We buy more, but enjoy less. -George Carlin