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5 Ways Your Business and Property Can Celebrate Car Free Day

Keara Mehlert
Keara Mehlert September 15, 2016 Keara Mehlert is a former Property & Development Services Program Director at Arlington Transportation Partners. She has been car-free and loving it for the past five years and has been biking 5.5 miles to work every day since October 2012.
ATP Takeaway: Have your employees or tenants participate in Car Free Day. It's a great chance to try out a different mode and see what it'd be like to be car-lite or car free. 

September 22 is Car Free Day—hosted in the DC region by Commuter Connections. Car Free Day is a great opportunity to try out different modes of transportation and to see what traffic looks like with a few less cars on the roads.

For employers and commercial properties, this event is a way to promote sustainability, and also encourage health, wellness, and financial savings. In addition, since September is National Preparedness Month, Car Free Day is also a good time for employees to plan and practice a backup commute plan, in case they are unable to drive or can’t access their usual commute mode during an emergency.

Below are a few ways businesses and property managers can promote Car Free Day and encourage employees to take the pledge and participate on September 22.

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1. Distribute Website and Pledge

For property managers, encourage tenant representatives to forward CarFreeMetroDC.org and the pledge link to their employees via email. Pledge and join Team Bike, Bus, Carpool/Vanpool, Rail, Telework, or Walk.

2. Post the Flyer

Display the flyers in building lobbies, elevators and parking garages to provide a visual reminder.

3. Provide Employees with Trip Planning Assistance

Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP) can work with individuals unfamiliar with their non-driving options to find the best routes from point A to point B using public transit, biking, walking, and carpooling. Request your custom commute.

4. Host an Appreciation Event

Host an event on Car Free Day to encourage employees or tenants to participate and to give them an opportunity to ask  transportation questions. This is also another chance to highlight current employee commute benefits and building transportation amenities.

5. Provide Prizes and Giveaways

Giveaways such as preloaded SmarTrip cards or free bike tune-ups for your employees or tenants is another way you can reach out to them to participate. 

Remember, Car Free Day does not mean employees have to get rid of their car or leave it at home for the entire day. Participants are encouraged to try out a non-driving mode for just one trip during the day, whether it’s taking the bus to work, riding Capital Bikeshare to lunch, or taking UberPool/LyftLine out to dinner. 

Learn more about Car Free Day

Photo Credit: Sam Kittner/Kittner.com

Tags: Car Free Day, Hacks, Commute

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