Leave Your Car at Home Today
Every Sept. 22 on World Car-Free Day, the world is supposed to be a little bit cleaner. “We don’t have to accept our car-dominated society,” according to WorldCarFree.net, the organizers behind this annual event.
The local organizer, Car Free Day Metro D.C., gives you tips on how to be car free or car-light in the Washington Metropolitan Area, listing several optional recourses like Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority on their website CarFreeMetroDC.com.
Organizers in the Washington area say that more than 9,000 people have pledged to participate in World Car-Free Day on Thursday, according to Associated Press, published in The Washington Post. On CarFreeMetroDC.com, everyone, including those who never use a car, can pledge to be car free by submitting a form. By pledging, you get a chance to win prizes like an Apple iPad. Pledging deadline is 5 p.m.
This annual event, which started in 2000, builds on the tradition of ad hoc car free days organized around the world since the 1970s. The World Carfree Network is now a global organization, encouraging and helping local organizations organize car free activities.