Who Needs a Car?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

If you're in the D.C. area and thinking about the health benefits of dumping your gas guzzler, you're in luck: In the past year, the Brookings Institution named Washington the most walkable city in the country, and Bicycling magazine deemed it the most improved bike city.

The region's resources are coming together in an unprecedented way for Car Free Day, part of a worldwide event on Sept. 22.

It'll be free to catch a ride on the District's Circulator buses, and, if you pledge online to make an effort to keep your car off the road, you can also ride gratis on Arlington's ART system.

Instead of suffering through the evening rush hour, sign up for a free Confident City Cycling class that day, or head over to the Clarendon WalkAbout, a family-friendly walking tour. Federal workers can avoid the ride into town by taking advantage of a free one-day trial working at the General Services Administration's 14 suburban Telework Centers.

Get a head start on breaking your automobile addiction, by participating next Saturday and Sunday in WalkingTown DC, the twice-yearly extravaganza of free walking and biking tours.

Then there's Bike DC on Sept. 27, a 17-mile community ride (not race!) designed to prove that we live in the nation's cycling capital. Howard and I will be there. Come join us!

Get the lowdown on all of these events at Carfreemetrodc.com.

-- Vicky Hallett

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