Did you know Car Free Day is an international event? Yup — mark your calendars for September 22.
Car Free Day is exactly what it sounds like — a day people are encouraged to travel without driving alone in cars. Here in the DMV, Commuter Connections, the regional network of transportation organizations coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, is hosting the annual event.
Here’s how it works: When you take the free pledge to go car-free (or car-lite, which would include carpooling or vanpooling), on Wednesday, September 22, you’ll get a $30 promo code to Nift (Neighborhood Gift) to spend at local businesses, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a bunch of prizes, including a Samsung tablet, gift cards, transit passes and more.
When September 22 comes around, simply work from home, shop online or share a ride to work. Or, if you need to get out and about, you’ve got plenty of safe ways to get around, from taking the bus or train to bicycling or scootering. If you’re already car free, great! Be sure to sign up, so you have a chance to win prizes, too.
Bonus: Be sure to register for incenTrip, a free commuter rewards app that will help you weigh your travel options. Collect enough points and exchange them for cash!
Car Free Day takes place across the world. Celebrations take different forms, but it focuses on the same goals: Reduce the number of cars on streets, so we can have less traffic congestion, a greener planet and reduced gasoline demand.
Taking the pledge is free and takes minutes.
Happy Car Free Day!
Commuter Connections, the regional network of transportation organizations coordinated by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, offers free services and programs that help employees and employers throughout the region find the most cost-effective, convenient, and safe commutes. Information on ridematching, public transit, HOV/Express lanes, park-and-ride lots, bicycling, teleworking, and commuter incentives are among the services Commuter Connections has been promoting since its founding in 1974.
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