I'm doing it. Now that I've got the electric assist kit for my Xtracycle, I'm planning to hop on the bike rather than into the car more often. When the temperatures cool off in the fall, I'll add walking to my transportation repertoire again. Since the places I go are within biking distance, especially now with the assist, I probably won't use public transportation much. However, that is a good option for many people, especially those who may not have a bicycle.
If you'd like to join me in parking your car and using alternative transportation, leave a comment at the end of this post with your name and blog address (if you have one). The challenge will start on Saturday, August 1, and run for an undetermined amount of time. Challenge yourself for a week, a month, a year, or whatever time period you choose.
I'll report on my progress here each Saturday. Leave a comment on those posts with your progress or a link to a progress report on your own blog. Let me know in your comment here, or in the weekly update, how long you you'd like to challenge yourself to do this.
How you track your progress is up to you. If you like crunching numbers, you're welcome to keep track of how many miles you walk, ride your bike, or ride public transportation in place of driving. If you don't like numbers, just note when you make the choice to use alternate transportation and how it went.
Challenges need a nifty logo, but unfortunately, you'll have to settle for the one I came up with. Here's the code to post this logo on your sidebar:
<a href="http://chilechews.blogspot.com/2009/07/i-challenge-you-to-park-your-car.html"><img src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_2H3G4C5T6s0/SmzfaGW0F0I/AAAAAAAAChQ/lNp0pVX-NBw/s400/Park+your+car+mini.jpg" /></a>
- Copy the code above.
- In Blogger, go to your layout options, and click on Add a Gadget.
- Select Text.
- Click Edit Html
- Paste the code you copied in the body.
- Then click Rich Text to confirm the image shows up.
When you view your blog, the sidebar image should now appear and have a hyperlink back to this blog.
So, who's with me?
Updated to add: If you are already car-free, you can still sign up. I've created a special listing for you in the sidebar!