Thursday, Sept. 22, was proclaimed World Carfree Day by an environmental group promoting alternatives to the automobile. The World Carfree Network seeks "to reduce the human impact on the natural environment while improving the quality of life for all," according to the group's Web site.
Critics of the day couldn't resist a few zingers.
"It was a lack of access to cars that led tens of thousands of people to remain" in flooded New Orleans, says Sam Kazman of Competitive Enterprise Institute, in Washington, which promotes free enterprise.
"Many people may well choose a carfree lifestyle, but the notion that government should impose it in the name of sustainability is crazy. As Hurricane Katrina showed, it can be disastrous as well."