roads w/o cars

all my life ive lived next to cement roads. every day im surrounded by 2000 pound vehicles with their noise and their pollution. i dont mean pollution in the "somewhere out there" sense. i mean its hard for me to breathe the air when Im at a stop light 4 feet from an exhaust pipe. im always under threat of being "doored" or just plain nailed by a car when im biking around town.

What id love to see in this city is a length of road that is only for certain kinds of vehicles. say human powered vehicles only. im sure some tree huggin groups have been working on such a plan for years. sigh. cough.