Friday, September 19, 2008

Monday September 22 - CAR FREE DAY!

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Every September 22, people from around the world get together to celebrate a day without cars. Car Free Day Metro DC asks you to take the Car Free Challenge, and by doing so you could win an iPod nano or other great prizes! Visit http://www.carfreemetrodc.com/ to pledge and see what Car Free Day activities are going on near you.

Come join us for the Car Free Day Street Celebration, taking place on September 22 from 11am - 3pm at 7th & F Streets NW, which will include:

- Live Music
- Free T-shirts and Other Giveaways
- SmartBike Test Rides and discounted memberships
- Free Bike Tune-ups from The Bike Rack
- Free Bike Rentals Courtesy of Bike & Roll
- Segway Demonstrations

Ride your bike to the celebration and use the free bike valet!

Don't have a bike? No need to worry: take the Circulator Bus, which will be providing free rides the entire day!

Car Free Day is an international event celebrated every September 22nd in which people are encouraged to get around without their car - highlighting transit, bicycling, walking and all alternative modes of transportation. By taking a fair number of cars off the roads people who live and work there are given a chance to consider how their neighborhood might look and work with a lot fewer cars. Click here for more information about World Car Free Day.

Car Free Day was first celebrated in Washington, DC in 2007 with approximately 1,000 participants committing to be car free for the day. On September 22, 2008 Car Free Day is expanding to a regional event that encompasses the Washington Metropolitan Area. Individuals throughout the region are encouraged to participate by leaving their car at home or going "car lite" by carpooling or vanpooling. By taking the Car Free Challenge, participants not only are eligible for some great prizes, but they also help to improve air quality, save money, and reduce their carbon footprint.

References:
1. Car Free Challenge
http://carfreemetrodc.com/Pledge/tabid/58/Default.aspx
2. The Bike Rack
http://www.bikerackdc.com/
3. Bike & Roll
http://bikethesites.com/

Thanks to Kevin Cole for the information!

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