The Active Transportation Alliance, an advocacy group for biking, walking and mass transit, has declared Wednesday, Sept. 22, as the second annual Chicagoland Car-free Day and is asking people to pledge to keep the 'ol Lexus leashed and get around by foot, cycle or transit.
The event is part of World Car-free Day and the alliance has partnered with Metra, Pace, the RTA and CTA You can make a pledge by clicking here. People who pledge can enjoy special offers and discounts for Active Trans membership, Argo Tea, I-Go Car Sharing, Sports Authority and State Street Pizza Company.
The alliance Web site has a list of tips to help people plan a day without using a car. FInd them by clicking here. It's new director, Ron Burke, said in a press release that the day can be a jumping off point to stay car-free all year 'round. I'm not sure that is very realistic for most folks in the suburbs, but cutting down on car use is a start.
Eshewing the automobile for one day may open the eyes of people who never thought it possible to go car-free, even for a short time.