CEI Launches YouTube Contest for Video Critiques of World 'Car-Free Day'

CEI Launches YouTube Contest for Video Critiques of World 'Car-Free Day'

September 11, 2008

Washington, D.C., September 11, 2008— This year’s “World Car-Free Day”, Sept. 22,
will be another attempt to promote “sustainable” transportation – something which
in reality would spell disaster for the vast majority of Americans who rely on
cars. In response to this misguided effort by anti-car advocates, the Competitive
Enterprise Institute is announcing a YouTube contest, seeking
video critiques of Car-Free Day. The winner will receive a $100 gas card,
courtesy of CEI.

“Many people may love a car-free lifestyle, but for most
people it would be pure misery.  The
handicapped, the elderly, parents carrying kids and groceries, suburban
residents getting to work, rural residents running their lives – all depend on
cars,” said Sam
Kazman, General Counsel at the Competitive Enterprise
Institute.  “The car-free lifestyle
itself requires other motorized vehicles, which deliver everything from organic
flour to the ingredients for lattes.”

People can freely choose not to use cars, of course, but those
contemplating a Car-Free Day should acknowledge its implications.  For a
realistic day of car-free living, try it: 

  • When
    it's raining
  • When
    you’re carrying several bags of groceries
  • When
    you’re carrying a baby, with a toddler alongside you
  • On
    crutches
  • After
    midnight
  • Without
    using a car or cab to get to the train or bus station
  • Any
    combination of the above

To enter, film
your own video and post it as a response to CEI’s announcement on YouTube.
The deadline for entries is October 1st. For more on CEI’s work on
automobility, see “Cars, Women, and Minorities: The
Democratization of Mobility in America
,” by Alan Pisarski
and “Car-Free Days? No, Thank You,”
by Waldemar Hanasz. Or go to www.cei.org/issue/74.

CEI
is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles
of free enterprise and limited government. 
For more information about CEI, please visit our website at www.cei.org.