The Active Transportation Alliance has declared Sept. 22 Chicagoland Car-Free Day.
Residents are encouraged to use public transportation, bikes and their own two feet instead of cars.
Sept. 22 is a Tuesday. I'm thinking that's not going to work.
Don't rush to tell me that as a suburbanite I love my car too much.
It's not that at all. It's just that we've got sprawl and very little public transportation.
When public transportation is available, I embrace it. Buses in Switzerland, the tube in London, the subway in Boston, the El in Chicago, I love them all. (OK, I love them in that order, and the El is none too clean, but you get the idea.)
I'm lucky to live within 5 miles of my office. But I can't hop a bus.
I could conceivably bike to work. But seriously, what are the chances of me making it safely across the Route 59 construction zone? I could hoof it but I'd have to leave an hour and 15 minutes before work. Again, do-able BUT ...
My job is night news editor, emphasis on night. Plainfield is a safe community, but there is no way on earth I'm going to walk or bike home at 10:30 p.m. The visibility issue alone makes me a sure thing for roadkill. That's a big downer, even if I'd be doing Mother Earth a favor.
Until the burbs get less sprawly or more public transportation friendly, I'll be in my car ... stuck in Route 29 construction traffic.