12) Do you feel that your right to own and operate a motor vehicle shouldtake precedence over those of your fellow planetary passengers to live in ahabitable and humane world; and are you willing to sacrifice the prospects offuture generations for a better life, or even for a life at all, on the altarof your own selfish interests and pursuit of personal convenience?If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might well have aproblem. If you answered yes to two or more, you most likely are a confirmedauto abuser. If you are at all concerned about being dependent on such adestructive means of transportation, try kicking your own car habit with:
THE PETRO-JUNKIE'S PEDAL-PUSHER PLEDGE
With the proper preparation, substituting a bike for your Buick or BMWshould bring not only substantial health and financial benefits, but alsothe peace of mind that comes from taking personal responsibility seriously.
- 1) Get more out of life by getting a bike -- become a born-again cyclist.
- 2) Resolve to use self-propulsion whenever possible in place of a car.
- 3) Rethink your priorities and the concept of time as a commodity.
- 4) Forsake the frontier mentality of use it up and throw it away.
- 5) Quit the cult of conspicuous consumption and competitive conceit.
- 6) Do without, get by with less, and recycle what you have.
- 7) Live more harmoniously with the planet and its inhabitants.
- 8) Lead by example and encourage others to follow in your path.
Riley R. Geary << Car-Free Lifestyle Counselor since 1988 >>
Last Modified: January 1st, 1997 by Richard Guy Briggs for Auto-free Ottawa