Talk about timing. The annual World Car Free Day kicked off on September 22nd as millions of Texans got on the road in their CARS to escape from the wrath of Hurricane Rita. The event, which promotes alternatives to car dependence and automobile-based planning, drew harsh criticism from opponents stating "it's not a day to celebrate" and noting that "lack of access to cars can be deadly — as demonstrated by the experience of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina." We at Autoblog could not even imagine a world without cars, our favorite object of fascination… I mean, what would we write about? On the other hand, had our cities been built with more efficient public transportation, perhaps an exodous like the one caused by Rita wouldn't turn into such a traffic nightmare and those without cars could evacuate safely as well.

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