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Published on Jun 4, 2007
I ride in the Critical Mass bike ride every month while I'm living in Chicago. I notice that many people are confused about what we are doing and why, so I decided to make this video. It's 5 minutes and 19 seconds.
In the United States many people need cars to get around just because other alternatives are not available, sufficient, or feasible. With gas being a finite resource, and it also being a cause of war, I think it's so important to promote other alternatives: bikes, trains, walking, and building pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and cities where we can walk to the stores or other businesses from our homes. Here are some other things to ponder when we are thinking of ways to build a better society:
"Road accidents cost about $90 billion annually by killing over 40,000 Americans, about as many as diabetes or breast cancer, and injuring 5 million more. Globally, car accidents are the fifth- and will soon be the third-largest cause of death: They currently kill a half million people and injure 15 million more every year. If automobility were a disease, vast international resources would be brought to bear to cure it."
--from "Natural Capitalism", by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and Hunter Lovins.