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Quotations for
World Car-Free Day
September 22

Car Free Day is a worldwide event that encourages greener methods of travel; meaning ways to get around other than driving alone by car... travel options such as transit, bicycling and walking; and also telework for people who can work from home. Carpooling and vanpooling count too, we call that “car-lite” since they are both lighter on the wallet and the environment than driving alone in a car. ~Commuter Connections,

The number of automobiles in the country is increasing at a rate that makes one wonder if a car-less man will not soon be a curiosity. ~"Edlets," The Spatula: An Illustrated Magazine for Pharmacists, 1919

All in favor of conserving gasoline, please raise your right foot. ~Author unknown

The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

STREET CARS  Just one jammed thing after another. ~Charles Wayland Towne, The Altogether New Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz, 1914

There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all. ~Robert Orben, unverified

The only way to solve the Traffic problems of this Country is to pass a law that only paid-for Cars are allowed to use the Highways. That would make traffic so scarce we could use our Boulevards for Children's play grounds. ~Will Rogers

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race... ~H. G. Wells

...the earth air was so heavy with the poison smoke of cities... ~George M. P. Baird, "The Theft of Thistledown: A Faery Interlude," 1915

If the climate can change, then so can you. ~@thedeadauthor, tweet, 2015

On some issues, I'm a staunch Conservative — like curtailing greenhouse gas emissions so that we can Conserve the environment. ~Neil deGrasse Tyson, @neiltyson, tweet, 2014

A good long walk each day is wise, but as old age approaches, we hate the thought of exercise, and ride in cars and coaches. And it is when we're waxing old that exercise is needed; if we'd dispel the fat and mold, our trilbys must be speeded. We ought to walk to work and back, and shun the elevator, and do the chores around the shack, and hoe the beet and 'tater. Instead of riding in a car, on seats of padded leather, 'twere better if we walked afar, in every kind of weather. We ought to sweat beneath the sun, absorb the heat it launches, and then perhaps we wouldn't run to double chins and paunches. We let all rules of health go hang, and when in bad condition, we do not walk a parasang, but send for a physician. Instead of climbing sunlit hills, inhaling wholesome breezes, we take a pint of purple pills and grunt of our diseases. We dodge all forms of exercise, which course is truly batty; and when we die the doctor cries, "Degeneration fatty!" ~Walt Mason (1862–1939), "Exercise"

A city that outdistances Man's walking powers is a trap for Man. ~Arnold Toynbee

Americans are broad-minded people. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater, and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there is something wrong with him. ~Art Buchwald, "How Un-American Can You Get?," Have I Ever Lied to You?, 1966

Every day is Earth Day. ~Author unknown

Every year it takes less time to fly across the ocean and longer to drive to the office. ~Raymond Duncan, in The Saturday Evening Post, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1956

A commuter tie-up consists of you — and people who for some reason won't use public transit. ~Robert Brault,

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time. ~Steven Wright, A Steven Wright Special, 1985,

Roses are infrared
Ultraviolets are blue
Why is climate changing?
Because of CO2.
~Gavin Schmidt, @climateofgavin, tweet, 2017

Man is the animal that intends to shoot himself out into interplanetary space, after having given up on the problem of an efficient way to get himself five miles to work and back each day. ~Bill Vaughan, unverified

Don't blow it — good planets are hard to find. ~Author unknown

God bless America. Let's save some of it. ~Edward Abbey

Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car. ~E.B. White

What fools, indeed, we mortals are
To lavish care upon a Car
With ne'er a bit of time to see
About our own machinery!
~John Kendrick Bangs

Walking isn't a lost art — how else can one get to the garage? ~20,000 Quips & Quotes, Evan Esar, 1968

The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart. ~Iris Murdoch, The Red and the Green, 1965

You know you're an Arizona native, when you have to look up "mass transit" in the dictionary. ~Paul Johnson, quoted in You Know You're an Arizona Native, When…, compiled by Don Dedera, 1993

A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world. ~Paul Dudley White, M.D., unverified

Keep the air. Nature says, 'Thou shalt walk, skate, swim, ride, run.' When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the sole leather has passed into the fibre of your body. I measure your health by the number of shoes & hats & clothes you have worn out. He is the richest man who pays the largest debt to his shoemaker. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The biggest problem facing motorists today is whiplash. You get it from watching the price of gas go up. ~Robert Orben, 2400 Jokes to Brighten Your Speeches, 1984

The idea that a tax on something keeps anybody from buying it is a lot of "hooey." They put it on gasoline all over the country and it hasn't kept a soul at home a single night or day. You could put a dollar a gallon on and still a pedestrian couldn't cross the street with safety without armor. ~Will Rogers, 1932

The bicycle also uses little space. Eighteen bikes can be parked in the place of one car, thirty of them can move along in the space devoured by a single automobile. It takes two lanes of a given size to move 40,000 people across a bridge in one hour by using modern trains, four to move them on buses, 12 to move them in their cars, and only one lane for them to pedal across on bicycles. ~Ivan D. Illich, "Degrees of Self-Powered Mobility," Energy and Equity, 1974

"I'm not sure he's wrong about automobiles," he said. "With all their speed forward they may be a step backward in civilization—that is, in spiritual civilization. It may be that they will not add to the beauty of the world, nor to the life of men's souls. I am not sure. But automobiles have come, and they bring a greater change in our life than most of us suspect. They are here, and almost all outward things are going to be different because of what they bring. They are going to alter war, and they are going to alter peace. I think men's minds are going to be changed in subtle ways because of automobiles; just how, though, I could hardly guess. But you can't have the immense outward changes that they will cause without some inward ones, and it may be that George is right, and that the spiritual alteration will be bad for us. Perhaps, ten or twenty years from now, if we can see the inward change in men by that time, I shouldn't be able to defend the gasoline engine, but would have to agree with him that automobiles 'had no business to be invented.'" ~Booth Tarkington, The Magnificent Ambersons, 1917

I have two doctors, my left leg and my right. ~George Macaulay Trevelyan (1876–1962), "Walking," Clio, A Muse, and Other Essays Literary and Pedestrian, 1913

According to Alan, the bicycle is mechanical perfection. When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man's convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man's brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others. Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle. ~Elizabeth West, "The simple life, on a pittance," Hovel in the Hills: An Account of 'The Simple Life', 1977

Don't let people drive you crazy when you know it's in walking distance. ~Author unknown

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