I have been following a thread on the Walking Berkeley blog about car-free living. It is a timely topic given the unfortunate accident on the freeway early Sunday morning. I watched a local news channel on Sunday morning and was disappointed with the news reporting, especially with regards to the transporation alternatives initially suggested by the newscasters. BART, bus, and ferry alternatives were only presented after a disjointed discussion about different auto routes and long auto commute times. I think the discussion about public transit would have taken even longer to emerge ff two sporting events were not scheduled in Oakland on Sunday afternoon and evening, for which BART is heavily used. By the way, BART is free today.