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The Green Hummer

This is the perfect SUV.

Our SUV is healthy, friendly, non-polluting, simple, inexpensive, fun, and socially responsible.

There are no black tinted windows to hide us from view. No air conditioning to further isolate us from the outside. No gas tank to fill and fill and fill. No greenhouse gasses pouring from the exhaust pipe. No frustration, no yelling, no honking, no road rage. No clocks to set, no alarm to annoy, no menus to scroll through. No video game system, DVD player, or GPS system. No "we own the road", "get out of our way", "don't slow us down" mentality.

When we ride the Green Hummer, we become part of our city. We have no illusions of flying through an empty city, devoid of traffic, parking problems, pedestrians, or street life like the drivers in television commercials. We expect people to talk to us. People ask questions, tourists ask for directions, traffic goes slower than we can pedal. We accept and expect little delays, and it's okay. We don't look for confrontations; we enjoy ourselves in our vehicle.

This bicycle is an attempt to make large numbers of people reconsider the ways that they move around their cites. Our SUV is the opposite of modern consumer culture, an anti-commercial. We want people to think independently of the corporations who program their televisions. We want people to see our pedal-powered, life-size Green Hummer cruise around a real city, and think about the contrast between advertising and the real world.

In advertising, cities are lifeless, cars are safe, drivers are happy, gas is clean, and you are not responsible whatsoever for traffic, pollution, your weight, the marring of our landscapes, or war.

Our SUV is for the real world.

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