Adam Greenfield went all of 2009 without using a car. While he already commuted by bike to work, he thought it would be an interesting experiment to eschew cars for an entire year. He wrote about it in his blog, The Gubbins Experiment.
It seems a bit easy for a single guy living in a big city to make this kind of commitment, however, he did come along a few obstacles along the way and learned some valuable lessons. Lesson number one: When you stick your neck out, you’re almost always guaranteed to attract people who will criticize you–a lesson clearly shown in the comments section of the San Francisco Chronicle article about Adam’s experiment. The other lessons? After the break…
Something we could all ponder on for a moment as we enter the new year:
2. Setting an example is more about consciousness-raising than changing people
3. To limit yourself can be a form of freedom
4. Small is beautiful
5. It is good to do something scary