Carfree Day in DC: Sept. 18

Florida c. 1976 © Stephen Crowley

Florida c. 1976 © Stephen Crowley

On Tuesday, September 18th, we will celebrate the first ever DC Car Free Day, unanimously endorsed by the DC City Council. This is an opportunity to reconnect with the city, exploring new neighborhoods, and taking advantage of transportation choices. Going carfree on September 18th will give you the opportunity to join your neighbors from all over the city as well as the metropolitan area who are signing up to leave their cars at home and travel to work by train, bus, bicycle, walking, roller-blading, etc. Use this time to time to read the paper, think about all of the money you could save not owning a car, get some exercise, and feel the wind in your hair on your way to work. Take a look around at the city where you live and work, instead of the annoying bumper stickers on that car in front of you.

Saturday, September 22 is World Carfree Day which will be celebrated in over 1500 cities around the world, including many in the United States. Join us for events on 17th St NW and let us know what you’d like to see happen on this day. Dynamic, creative, funky ideas will not be disregarded. See what we’re planning so far here, and let us know what you’d like to see in this space by Sharing Your Plans. If you have some time to spare, contact us and let us know what you can do to help!

BTW, our new Mayor Adrian Fenty rocks. In addition to ditching his security detail, he chose to solve the problem of how to get to the press conference announcing car-free day by hopping on my old line the #52 metrobus to Cardozo High School. His administration is modeled in part on the Bloomberg administration in NY. One difference? While both Mayors Fenty and Bloomberg take the metro and subway system, Mayor Fenty does not have his private town car drive him the few blocks from domicile to subway station.

Also interesting, the District is second only to New York in the percentage of residents who use public transport and leads in the percentage of citizens who walk to work.

So now is the time to walk the walk, literally. No cars next week! Maybe now you can even use that extra square of toilet paper without guilt.

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