Thousands pledge to be car-free
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.
| September 20, 2010; 2:42 PM ET
Categories: Commuter Bus, Commuter Rail, Commuting, District, Driving
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