'Car Free Day' on Monday
In the 21st Century, we have a bunch of annual events in which we are urged to take the bold step of getting out of our cars and stepping into the future for one day. Sponsors hope the one day events -- invitations to take transit, carpool, bike or walk -- will be the start of something big.
This Monday is Car Free Day, one of those annual events. The CommuterPageBlog has collected reports on some of the happenings in our region on the day of this worldwide celebration of non-automotive travels.
If you want to figure out how to break the car habit for a day, look here for some suggestions.
The only free travel I can find will be on the District's Circulator bus, operating three very useful routes across central Washington.
But there are a bunch of events this week, this weekend, on Monday and all through next week that you can check out now in these listings.
Just a couple here:
The District has a street celebration scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at 7th and F Streets NW. There will be live music, yoga classes, free T-shirts and other giveaways. Valet bike parking will be available, as will free bike tune-ups. You can also test ride and sign up for SmartBikes.
Metro riders have a chance to win a $100 SmarTrip card in an online video contest.
The transit agency is asking riders on Metrobus, Metrorail or MetroAccess to document their trips on Monday. Three entry categories: 1) most humorous or entertaining, 2) most unusual or unique commute and 3) most informative or best documentary. One winner in each category will be chosen on Oct.9 and each will receive a $100 SmarTrip card.
The videos should be no longer than five minutes. They should be posted to YouTube with the title "Car Free Metro." Entrants should send an e-mail with a link to the video to firstname.lastname@example.org. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 3.
People who pledge to be car free on Monday can win an iPod nano. See the details here.
And did I mention that next week also is Try Transit Week? Virginia's transit agency has a pledge contest of its own. You can see the details of that one here.
September 17, 2008; 12:39 PM ET
Categories: Biking , Commuting , Driving , Metro , transit
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