Getting off the road to ruin

  • Cartoon of automobile taking a bite out of the earth

  Can you imagine a world without traffic jams, potholes or auto accidents? Activists can at the Arcata, Calif.-based Alliance for a Paving Moratorium. Since 1990, the group has been urging people to get out of their air-polluting vehicles and find their feet again. The alliance's 40-page, newsprint quarterly, Auto-Free Times, keeps the public up to speed on current anti-auto campaigns. Stories include a man who designed a live-in bike and the growing trend of pedi-cabs in cities. Mock ads, such as one for the "Apocalypse" car, relay the real facts of car-caused cancer, respiratory and heart disease that cost Americans over $103 billion a year. Yet each day, says the alliance, the United States spends nearly $200 million building roads. Founder Jan Lundberg, who started the movement as an offshoot of the nonprofit Fossil Fuels Policy Action League, says he realizes that not everyone can be auto-free, especially in rural areas. But he urges everyone to do what they can - to bike, walk, take a train, be aware.

For more information, contact the Alliance for a Paving Moratorium, P.O. Box 4347, Arcata, CA 95518 (707/826-7775) or e-mail to [email protected]

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