World Car Free Day
What is World Car Free Day?
It started in Europe in the 1990’s as Car Free Day with the goal of reducing car dependency and ultimately reducing air pollution. In 2000 it became a global initiative where cities around the world encouraged their residents to go vehicle free by finding alternative ways to get around.
For one day, park your vehicle and get to work (or anywhere else) by a different mode of transportation. Here is how:
- Plan your route. Check out the tips for going car free (pdf) to help get started.
- Take transit. Learn the ins and outs and determine your route by using Google Maps to map your ride or call Transit for help.
- Combine transit and cycling by using the bike and ride system.
- Red Deer has an extensive trail system: plan a car-free route and walk or ride your bicycle.
- Find a carpool partner that is heading to the same destination.
What are the benefits of going car free?
- Active transportation, like walking or cycling, helps you get your recommended weekly exercise.
- You can save an average of 2.6 kg of greenhouse gas emissions per person by choosing to walk, cycle, take transit or carpool for one day.
- Enjoy comfort and convenience. Take the bus and read the paper, take a nap, or work on your laptop while someone else does the driving.