Thursday is World Car Free Day

carfree.jpgThursday is World Car Free Day. There’s no question that the automobile has had a bigger impact on how we build our cities than anything else has. It’s also probably one of the largest players in provking greater consumption of resources, and quite literally, land. Even a petrol-free car culture still has immensely greater impact on the environment than one where walking & biking are still available as an option.
That said, the car is most definitely here to stay. But slowly, especially in Europe, car-free areas, often in central business districts, are cropping up and thriving where once smokey traffic actually hindered commerce. In the future, a transportation network that is not totally exclusive to the automobile will be required if we want to preserve any semblance of quality of life, as well as to conduct business. Car Free Day is a somewhat radical idea, but check out some of the local events, it may provoke some thought.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

TriplePundit.com has since grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He was instrumental in the creation of TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years as well as an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.