Thursday, September 22, 2005

Car Free Day

Today was Car Free Day in many cities (mainly in the centre, or downtown area) throughout Europe and parts of Canada.

What a wonderful idea in this time of spiralling petroleum prices. Imagine how much fuel was also conserved.

I hope that lots of people walked where they needed to go, particularly if they also lived in those cities, in which case, they probably wouldn't usually drive anyway, as parking in city centres (the downtown area) is usually difficult and expensive.

My human told me that there are some car free towns that he has visited and they are much more pleasant that way - like Venice (Italy); the towns of the Cinque Terre (Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso in Italy); Fez (the medina, in Morocco); Prague (the old town, in the Czech Republic) etc. Everybody has to walk.

My human said that cities like New York and San Francisco are also best explored on foot.

Perhaps all those drive-through windows for fast food, banks etc should be abolished (thankfully they only exist in the US) and those lazy people wouldn't get so fat. Overly busy people with no time on on their hands should take a lesson from us cats. If they have too much to do, then they've missed the whole point of why they do anything at all.

My human told me that he overheard a terrible conversation at the bus depot in Buffalo, NY when he was there a couple of years ago (on the way to Niagara Falls). There was an obese woman who asked the desk clerk at the bus company where her bus departed from, and the desk clerk said bay 5 which was probably a 10 second walk. The woman's response was "all the way over there?". Catch-22. We rest our case.

Car Free Day - from Wikipedia (it has some great links)

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


My human has decided that he will now only speak to me in German, so I have decided to only miaou back to him in French - hee hee hee!


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