Did you leave your car at home today?
Today was World Car Free Day, and people in many countries walked, cycled or took public transportation to and from work. Many cities closed off some streets to encourage people to have fun without cars on the road. In Montreal, that's just what happened, as Quebecers celebrated In Town Without My Car Day. It was a great success, as these events almost always are in a fun-loving city like Montreal.
Closer to Toronto, Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion, aged 87, rode her bicycle to work at City Hall, a distance of about 10 kilometres. She's an inspiration for many.
I rode my bike and took the train today, and it felt good to reduce my pollution footprint for a day.
In other parts of the world, people are coming to terms with the culture of the automobile. Craig and Marc Kielburger, well-known children's rights activists, recently wrote an illuminating column about the impact of cars in various countries. You can read it here.-------------
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