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TransOptions Challenges Motorists to Go Carfree for a Day
08.17.2012

TransOptions is challenging motorists to go “carfree” on a day of their choosing during September 2012 to honor Carfree Day.

The northwest New Jersey Transportation Management Association is incenting commuters and residents to give up using their car for one day by hosting a "Go Carfree for a Day" online pledge. Instead of driving to work, school or for personal trips, motorists are encouraged to use mass transit, cycle, walk or telework, where feasible. All participants who register at TransOptions.org are eligible for a drawing to win a $50 gas card.

"Carfree Day focuses attention on options to the single car driver, conserves gasoline, improves air quality by reducing traffic congestion and can save money, too," said John F. Ciaffone, TransOptions President.

Driving a car is the most air polluting act made by the average citizen. Emissions affect us locally where we breathe; regionally from airborne pathogens; and globally by interactions between the air, oceans and the sun that effect weather, plants and the ocean. Driving less, even for one day on a global scale, helps reduce air pollution.

Carfree Day arose on an ad hoc basis in 1973 during the oil crisis and evolved into a global event occurring annually on September 22nd in over 1,000 cities in 40 countries. Resources, discussion groups and additional information are available at www.worldcarfree.net

To take the carfree pledge and view the results of previous surveys or pledges, visit our Surveys page. Questions? Call us at 973-267-7600.