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Car-Free Day is TODAY

Maggie Awad
Maggie Awad September 22, 2014 Maggie Awad is the Marketing Director at Arlington Transportation Partners. She says every commute to work is different with so many options in her neighborhood including bus, Metro and Capital Bikeshare.
ATP TAKEAWAY: Car-Free Day is a great way to try alternate transit, but more importantly it can show you how stress-free your commute and life can really be.

Car Free Day 2014September 22, 2014 is International Car-Free Day, so get out there and uncar for a day! Arlington County and the DC Metro area are easily defined as transit progressive areas, so going car-free is easier than you think!

There are plenty of great reasons to go Car-Free, but here are today’s top 2 reasons to give alternate transit a try and to go car-free:

1. You can practice your Emergency Commute Plan
There may be a time when you just can’t take your car to get when you need to go. Not because you don’t want to, but because you really and truly can’t. Remember Snowpacalypse? How about the derecho storm? Or what about the DC earthquake? Bet you wish you’d had your Emergency Commute Plan in place, right? Car-Free Day is the perfect time to practice and to make sure your emergency commute works for you.

Having an Emergency Commute Plan is also great for smaller emergencies like that flat tire you didn’t see coming or when your engine just won’t start because it’s the 1,043,485th day that it’s snowed and your battery decided to go on strike.

Mapping out an Emergency Commute Plan is simple and Arlington Transportation Partners can help if you aren’t sure where to start. Email us at solutions@transpartners.com and let us simplify your daily commute.

2. Capital Bikeshare 24-hour membership is only $1 on Car-Free Day
If you’ve been looking for a reason to try Capital Bikeshare, then today is your day. For a limited time only, a 24-hour membership is only a $1! Nope, that’s not a typo and yep, you read that right. $1! There’s never been a better time to check out one of the 2,500 bikes at any of the 300 stations across Washington DC, Arlington, Alexandria, and Montgomery County.

All the cool kids are doing it and we don’t just mean hipsters. If case you need proof, on September 5, the 8 millionth Capital Bikeshare trip was taken since they first opened in September 2010. Crazy!

Trying Capital Bikeshare on Car-Free Day for $1 makes you one smart cookie, but snagging an annual membership for $75 would make you a genius. Check it out and get rolling!

Did you take the pledge? Let us know in the comments if you went Car-Free today - what was your mode of transportation?

Tags: Bike, Capital Bikeshare, Car Free Day, Walking, Arlington County, Transit

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