Chicago Sun-Times

Going car-free

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Today's "Ride" column features George Zrust, who decided along with his wife Nancy Sreenan to try going without their car for the summer. It's an interesting experiment to live up to your own environmental ideals and try to do without America's favorite way to travel.

George has run a blog about his car-free summer, which includes an interesting essay about how it can feel so useless to try to do what you can to help the environment, when you know China and India are buying up cars like it's 1958 in the U.S. The essay makes a great argument about why it's good for the individual to do what he can, despite the rest of the world.

You can read George's blog here.

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George and Nancy are old friends. They've been quietly moving in this direction for a long time. Their daughter was the one, at the age of 9 or so, who nudged me back into active recycling. Good on them!

i understand that many of us want to do something, but if we're not politicians, no one is going to listen to us. no one in the position to write laws for us. not even laws but ideas that attract the entire city to stop using our cars.buses dont run where we live as often as they do on state st. downtown. it is also attractive to take some of these car dealers up on their sales. the car industry is fighting our efforts to use cars less. they have to be targeted.

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