Connect with us

Local News

Car Free Day honors those who commute by bus, bike, or carpool



Indianapolis, Indiana – In the event that the global organizers of Car Free Day were successful, Central Indiana’s roads were calmer on Friday.

Launched in 2000, World Car Free Day aims to reduce the number of cultures where cars predominate.

Certain towns have decided to support the initiative every year on September 22.

The Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority’s Commuter Connect hosted festivities for the movement for the first time in 2016. The organization advises people to think about taking the bus, carpooling, walking, biking, or scootering to work each year. The goal of the federally financed CIRTA program is to lessen traffic jams and air pollution.

Commuter Connect invited online commitments to look for travel options other than traveling alone in a car as part of its celebrations. The organization pointed out that people in the community should find ways to travel with others or drive less as a result of increased petrol prices.

“By going car-free or car-lite, you are making central Indiana a more environmentally friendly place to live, work, and play,” said Amanda Meyer, CIRTA’s program manager.

Meyer’s suggestions echo an invitation to take part in Car Free Day on CIRTA’s website. It promoted the choice as a “fun and easy way to save money, lower your stress, and make central Indiana a better, cleaner place to live.”

Those who enrolled with the commitment were entered to win prizes, which included a $250 Visa gift card and tickets to P!nk, John Mayer, or Tim McGraw at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.

At a free event held at SPARK on the Circle, Downtown Indy Inc., CIRTA featured live music by The Doo! Band and brunch catered by Wild Eggs. Additionally, a number of local and community organizations, such as Pacers Bikeshare, IndyGo, Bicycle Indiana, Bike Indianapolis, Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Indy Office of Sustainability, set up vendor booths.

Car Free Day Indy had received pledges from around 400 individuals, according to CIRTA.