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    Best Living Car Free Slogans, Memes, Backs of T-Shirts, Stickers

    In building a stronger bike culture, and communicating with broader society, what are the best slogans/ memes/ phrases/ and stickers to convey this message? Many of these are also about bike safety, and the decision to ride a cycle.

    On one hand you want to convey a good message, but you don't want to seem presumptuous and greener-than-thou. I think the best strike a middle ground and try to appeal to your audience (rather than making quips at the expense of car culture-- although its hard not to love lampooning Hummers)

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    "Burn Fat, Not Oil"

    "We > Fossil Fuels"
    (taken from Bill McKibben's 350.org "Do the Math" campaign)

    "Shift the power. We are the power shift."

    Sold my VEHICLE
    Gained a VOCATION

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    "Yield" (pic of bike) "To the next generation"

    I am a Human-powered Vehicle

    "How do you roll?"

    "Get off your ass and ride" (Doesn't really make sense unless your haulin' and are cycling standing up)

    shiftyourcommute.png


    "Drive to work. Work to drive"


    "Pedal for the Planet"

    "Same Road, Same Rights" (see below)

    Here's a pic of a cycling Jersey I just bought my girlfriend for her birthday:



    (Logo used for the 2007 Powershift Conference in College Park, MD)

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    What are some other good ones?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wagonfanatic View Post
    In building a stronger bike culture, and communicating with broader society, what are the best slogans/ memes/ phrases/ and stickers to convey this message? Many of these are also about bike safety, and the decision to ride a cycle.

    On one hand you want to convey a good message, but you don't want to seem presumptuous and greener-than-thou. I think the best strike a middle ground and try to appeal to your audience (rather than making quips and the expense of car culture, which I for one still love)
    Your favorite quips will convey a presumptuous and greener-than-thou message which is OK if you want to preach to a presumptuous and greener-than-thou audience/choir.

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    Some humor on this very subject:


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    "Bike to Work
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    For me, I just want to communicate. People look at my commuting daily like I'm crazy, but I can't help but feel I'm one of the few sane ones!

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    I like a couple of the oldies:

    "I'm not blocking traffic -- I am traffic!"

    "One Less Car"

    "Powered by Pancakes"


    "Think Outside the Cage"

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    I never liked any type of ideological slogans or sayings especially when they are printed on clothing or used as stickers. Why do some people go to such extreme measures to advertise their lifestyle ??. This type of stuff alienates people, and makes YOU look some some self- righteous wacko who is on a mission to save humanity from destruction...Just be normal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfchild View Post
    I never liked any type of ideological slogans or sayings especially when they are printed on clothing or used as stickers. Why do some people go to such extreme measures to advertise their lifestyle ??. This type of stuff alienates people, and makes YOU look some some self- righteous wacko who is on a mission to save humanity from destruction...Just be normal.
    Same reason some people like vegetables and others like meat?

    To each their own...

    My live by slogan is the old Earth Day one "Think Globally, Act Locally" That and "Do I REALLY need it..."

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    Great thread, Wagon Fanatic! I love wearing t-shirts with cycling and ecology themes. I see it as a free speech issue. The fact that a certain ilk are offended by such messages only makes me want to wave my freak flag higher. To those who loathe those of us who are concerned about the environment and insult us by calling us names like "presumptuous" and "greener-than-thou," I welcome their hatred!*

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    Thanks, Ek! Yeah, I feel quite divided on this one. I've heard psychologically people don't deal well with their "values" being attacked. Ie, insulting someone for driving or owning a car doesn't get you far. BUT, there are subtle ways for people to question "Do I really need to drive?" or "Wow, that guy/ gal is really in shape, I wish I could be too," or "Dang, gas really is expensive."

    I'm really a fan of "Conservation is PATRIOTIC." I know patriotism is a strange subject, too often used to deny civil liberties and to quiet those who would urge a more peaceful path, but I'm getting this from Carter's 1979 "Crisis of Confidence" Speech, where is said:

    "I'm asking you for your good and for your nation's security to take no unnecessary trips, to use carpools or public transportation whenever you can, to park your car one extra day per week, to obey the speed limit, and to set your thermostats to save fuel. Every act of energy conservation like this is more than just common sense -- I tell you it is an act of patriotism."


    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe...carter-crisis/

    Edit: just found this, which goes well:

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    someone around here sells "Mend Your Fuelish Ways" stickers for a $1.. i bought a few and put them on my trailer, but in general i don't think car people particularly care about bike slogans
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    ^ That's an awesome slogan. I'm not sure. I mean, lots of people like bumper stickers, even if they would never put them on their own car. And passengers often talk about them, especially if its a boring car ride. I just see it as another form of communication-- might as well try!

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    Maybe someone can create a pic of a car with exhaust spewing and the slogan "Pollution Solution"
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfchild View Post
    I never liked any type of ideological slogans or sayings especially when they are printed on clothing or used as stickers. Why do some people go to such extreme measures to advertise their lifestyle ??. This type of stuff alienates people, and makes YOU look some some self- righteous wacko who is on a mission to save humanity from destruction...Just be normal.
    This is probably why Canada still has a queen.



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    Quote Originally Posted by wagonfanatic View Post
    On one hand you want to convey a good message, but you don't want to seem presumptuous and greener-than-thou.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
    I love wearing t-shirts with cycling and ecology themes. I see it as a free speech issue. The fact that a certain ilk are offended by such messages only makes me want to wave my freak flag higher.
    On the other hand, some do want to seem presumptuous and greener-than-thou.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    On the other hand, some do want to seem presumptuous and greener-than-thou.
    Only to those who assume airs of superiority towards people who are concerned about the environment. It can sometimes be amusing to torment such simple minds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wagonfanatic View Post
    Thanks, Ek! Yeah, I feel quite divided on this one. I've heard psychologically people don't deal well with their "values" being attacked. Ie, insulting someone for driving or owning a car doesn't get you far. BUT, there are subtle ways for people to question "Do I really need to drive?" or "Wow, that guy/ gal is really in shape, I wish I could be too," or "Dang, gas really is expensive."

    I'm really a fan of "Conservation is PATRIOTIC." I know patriotism is a strange subject, too often used to deny civil liberties and to quiet those who would urge a more peaceful path, but I'm getting this from Carter's 1979 "Crisis of Confidence" Speech, where is said:

    "I'm asking you for your good and for your nation's security to take no unnecessary trips, to use carpools or public transportation whenever you can, to park your car one extra day per week, to obey the speed limit, and to set your thermostats to save fuel. Every act of energy conservation like this is more than just common sense -- I tell you it is an act of patriotism."


    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe...carter-crisis/
    Of course President Carter was berated for making those comments, yet he was right, wasn't he?

    Anybody know of any good sources for t-shirts with green, holier-than-thou, pro-cycling messages? I need to update my presumptuous wardrobe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    On the other hand, some do want to seem presumptuous and greener-than-thou.
    It's really funny, because the more you hate on people for being holier-than-thou, the more holier-than-thou that makes you! Then the more I hate on you for it, the more holier-than-thou I become.

    It's an Eternal Escalating Spiral of Smugness! A Pyramid of Presumptuousness! Keep it up and pass it on!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekdog View Post
    Of course President Carter was berated for making those comments, yet he was right, wasn't he?

    Anybody know of any good sources for t-shirts with green, holier-than-thou, pro-cycling messages? I need to update my presumptuous wardrobe.
    Carter was right! There is an excellent book by Historian Kevin Mattson, called "What the Heck are you Up to Mr. President?" All about the Crisis of Confidence Speech, and how the nation could have gone another direction. Instead...there was "morning in America" with Reagan.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    It's really funny, because the more you hate on people for being holier-than-thou, the more holier-than-thou that makes you!
    Recognizing holier-than-thou behavior/attitude ain't the same as hating.

    If someone like the OP wishes to convey a positive message to the broader society it helps to be able to recognize holier-than-thou behavior/attitude/messages that will have a negative impact on that broader society.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
    Recognizing holier-than-thou behavior/attitude ain't the same as hating.
    Please, sir, STOP THE HATE!

    Please, STOP THE DENIAL!

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