Long Island will be joining 1,500 cities in 40 countries around the world in celebrating International Car Free Day on Tuesday, Sept. 22. For the Third Annual Car Free Day Long Island, more than 2,400 Long Islanders have already pledged to leave their cars home or drive less—and try more sustainable modes of travel. When possible, carpool, bicycle or walk, or take the Long Island Railroad or a bus.
Last year for Car Free Day LI, 2,855 Long Islanders pledged to be car free or car-lite, saving more than 72,000 miles of driving as well as 36 tons of CO₂ emissions.
One community making an impact is Long Beach, where you can rent a bicycle on the boardwalk for $5 an hour or $50 for the whole season. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if more Long Island communities offered this service?
Pledge to go car free or car-lite at the Car Free Day LI website, www.carfreedayli.com. Whether commuting to work or school, or running errands around town, using your car less qualifies for participation in Car Free Day LI. Even those who are already using alternatives modes of transportation can take the pledge. Participants are eligible to win raffle prizes including commuter bikes, gift cards, and theater and sports tickets.