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Car Free Day is in One Week

Jonathan Boldes
Jonathan Boldes September 15, 2015 Jonathan Boldes is a Business Development Manager at Arlington Transportation Partners and has been living car-free since 2011. He often rides his bike 4 miles to work but also utilizes various buses and the Metro.
ATP TAKEAWAY: Car Free Day is an international event that takes place on September 22nd and promotes alternative transportation throughout the DC region. You can take the Car Free Day pledge and be entered to win great prizes!

Every year on September 22, cities all over the world promote Car Free Day in an effort to change the way people think about transportation. Car Free Day does not mean you need to sell your car and start from scratch, it is celebrated to show what a few less trips on our roads can look like. It also doesn’t mean you need to be commuting, in order to participate! People can even choose to go “car-lite” by removing just a few of their normal trips throughout the day with an alternative mode, such as biking to pick up your groceries.

Car Free Day is hosted by Commuter Connections in the Washington, DC region to help promote the myriad of transportation options at everyone’s fingertips. The event is now only one week away and we could not be more excited! Arlington County is especially well suited for this with access to Metro, ART, Metrobus, Capital Bikeshare and much more. The best part, you can pledge even if you already use these modes on a regular basis. Those who pledge will be entered to win one of many prizes which include Capital Bikeshare memberships, SmarTrip cards loaded with fare and much more!

Car Free Day - BikingYou can take the Car Free Day pledge at carfreemetrodc.org

In 2015, Car Free Day in the DC region is promoting six “car free” teams to create a friendly competition between all the different commuting choices. Here are the different teams you can join when taking the Car Free Day pledge:

  • #teambike – both riders on personal bicycles and those utilizing Capital Bikeshare
  • #teampool – anyone who carpools, vanpools or slugs
  • #teambus – those who use any bus such as ART, Metrobus, Loudon County Transit, Omniride, etc.
  • #teamwalk – sometimes going car free is as simple as using your own two legs
  • #teamrail – the obvious choice being Metro but VRE, MARC and any other commuter rail
  • #teamtelework – be it laptop or catching up on paper, teleworking from the comfort of your home

As of this posting, biking is topping the list by a large margin!

Here is a list of local events taking place within Arlington County.

Crystal City

The Crystal City BID will be giving out coffee and snacks to Car Free Day participants. ATP will also be on-site to sign people up day-of!
Crystal City Water Park | 1750 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202


Ballston BID has teamed up with ATP and will be giving out coffee and giveaways to Car Free Day participants. ATP will also be on-site to sign people up day-of!
Outside the Ballston Metro entrance

And just to round it all out, here’s a video of yours truly explaining the aspects of Car Free Day!

Photo Credit: Sam Kittner/Kittner.com

Tags: Car Free Day, Arlington County, ATP Services

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