If you thought all the good September holidays were behind us, think again. On Sept. 22, people around the world will once again celebrate World Carfree Day, and this is a great time to dream up new strategies to leave the keys at home and get around in another, less-emission-laden way.
Car-free days date back to the 1970s, when the oil crisis made many drivers rethink their transportation situation. Ad hoc groups casually created days in which they challenged drivers to get around without their car, and the idea experienced a resurgence in popularity in the 1990s. But it went global and turned into a bona fide movement in 2000, when Carbusters (now World Carfree Network) created the World Carfree Day.
Since then, individuals and groups around the world have worked to build awareness about this event in their corner of the world. Events vary by location and give motorists an idea of what their lives might look like with fewer cars on the road.
To be a part of World Carfree Day, you don’t have to join a group — although you might check your local newspaper’s calendar of events and see if there are any related activities you can participate in. Either way, all it takes to be part of World Carfree Day is an alternative form of transportation. And just in case you need some ideas on that, we’ve got you covered.
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