As a passionate car-free individual, I am particularly interested in the theory of advocacy. Which tactics and methods are most effective? So I pose the question now:
How can an individual best promote a car-free lifestyle?
My own thoughts on the issue: I am intensely opposed to most forms of proselytizing, and as a result tend to be very non-confrontational in my activism.
What I found seems to perk most people's interest in car-free lifestyle is to simply do it and report about it, with a smile. When I come through the door after a freezing rainstorm with a grin on my face, I can almost see my roommates' minds pondering that perhaps cycling is not so daunting. To follow up, I try an act as an information source for those curious about car-free lifestyle, and usually give these people the time of day they deserve.
Nonetheless I feel there has to be something better than this almost entirely passive approach.