Thousands of area workers already enjoy car-free weekday commutes, but for this year’s International Car Free Day the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is challenging residents to extend their sustainable practices into the weekend.
“We’re challenging everyone to be creative and find ways to go car-free or at least car-lite on September 22” said DDOT Director Terry Bellamy.
(Washington, DC) – Thousands of area workers already enjoy car-free weekday commutes, but for this year’s International Car Free Day the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is challenging residents to extend their sustainable practices into the weekend.
Car Free Day—which is always held on September 22—falls on a Saturday this year. That presents a unique challenge for organizers who typically target commute trips taken by the 9-5 crowd. So, as it encourages residents to take the Car Free Day Pledge DDOT is asking them to ditch their cars and take alternative modes of transportation to complete their weekend errands and other trips.
“We know it might be harder for some of us to go car free on a weekend day – we have to get the shopping done, get the kids to activities, and have some fun – but it’s no less beneficial to our environment,” said DDOT Director Terry Bellamy. “So, we’re challenging everyone to be creative and find ways to go car-free or at least car-lite on September 22.”
To encourage greater participation, DDOT’s goDCgo program is making prizes available in a giveaway hosted on their website, including $500 in free groceries from Relay Foods , free daylong bike rentals from Bike and Roll , annual memberships to Capital Bikeshare , a 2-layer cake from Sweet Themez Cake & Cupcake and more to participants who share their stories of how they get around without a car.
DDOT will also add icons to their interactive map on goDCgo.com signifying various large events and farmers markets taking place on Car Free Day. Users can plan their route by discovering various transportation options available at each event.
Last year, nearly 12,000 area residents took the pledge, joined millions of people around the world in the international effort to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.
DDOT supports Commuter Connections, the regional organizers of Car Free Day in the Metropolitan Washington area, each year by encouraging District residents to take the pledge at carfreemetrodc.org . Commuter Connections is a regional commuter transportation network coordinated by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
goDCgo is an initiative of the District Department of Transportation that is designed to help reduce congestion and improve air quality in the District through the promotion of sustainable transportation modes such as trains, buses, bikes and other transportation options with a low environmental impact.