Almost 11,000 people have pledged to leave their cars at home or to carpool on Thursday during the annual Car-Free Day sponsored by Commuter Connections, the regional transportation program coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

The event, however, is international in scope. According to organizers, the day includes celebrations in 1,500 cities in 40 countries. Area residents can take the pledge by signing up online.

Local events will include free bus rides on connectors and shuttles in Frederick County and morning prize drawings and giveaways at Bethesda, Friendship Heights, Silver Spring and Twinbrook Metro stations;

Commuter Connections also is encouraging participants to join in the Capital Bikeshare Birthday Bash. The event celebrating the one-year anniversary of the regional cycling program is from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Yards Park, on the Anacostia River near Nationals Park. There will be live music, moon bounces, food, games and prizes.

People can take the car-free — or car-lite — pledge at

How will you go car-free on Thursday? Are you biking, walking, carpooling, teleworking or taking transit? Post a comment below.



Annapolis Transit

The Bus (Prince George’s)

Arlington Transit

Capital Bikeshare

DC Circulator

Fairfax Connector

Maryland Transit Administration



Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission

Ride On (Montgomery)

Virginia Railway Express