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Thousands pledge to be car-free

Kafia Hosh

Thousands of Washington-area commuters have promised to ditch their cars Wednesday for
Car Free Day, an international, annual event encouraging people to use mass transit, carpool, walk, bike or telework.

About 5,000 local residents pledged to go car-free--if only for one day--as of Monday afternoon. Those who take the pledge will be eligible for prizes including an iPad. Organizers hope that a one-day push will open commuters' eyes to the feasibility of alternative modes of transport, and the frustration of the roads that they can escape.

Participants can receive a free seven-day pass to Sport & Health Fitness Clubs; free telecommuting privileges at GSA Telework Centers on Car Free Day; or a free bike rental from Bike and Roll on September 22.

The event takes place in 1,500 cities in 40 countries every Sept. 22.

By Kafia Hosh  | September 20, 2010; 2:42 PM ET
Categories:  Commuter Bus, Commuter Rail, Commuting, District, Driving  
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Metro no doubt will be reducing service to accomodate this day

Posted by: jiji1 | September 20, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Does carpooling count as being car-free?

Posted by: DOEJN | September 20, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I proudly salute these brave souls who have pledged to endure an entire day without a car. What heroes! Such bravery! Your names will be remembered in the halls of courage forever. An entire day without a car!

Posted by: CubsFan | September 20, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I encourage evreryone else to be car free as much as possible.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | September 20, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Every bit counts, sarcastic ones. All I know is every year, I see a couple more people biking. Over time, it's adding up.

And meanwhile, auto traffic congestion keeps getting worse (with a small downtick during the recession).

Posted by: krickey7 | September 20, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

DOEJN, carpooling is "car-lite." Which means it's an excellent step in the right direction.

Posted by: 20009matt | September 20, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

krickey7, it sounds like the marginal increase in biking is causing more traffic congestion. Having both cars and bikes makes traffic worse because cars and bikes don't mix. Cars need to be banned in DC altogether, for our health and for the children. Maybe keep a non-molesting MetroAccess service for people who are too crippled to walk or bike.

Posted by: jiji1 | September 21, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

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