World Car Free Day, Montgomery County, September 22

 

Public Invited to Participate in Car Free Day; Prizes, Commuting Information Available at Some Metro Stations, Two Transit Centerscarfreeday2014banner

Montgomery County will join the DC region and Commuter Connections in celebrating World Car Free Day on Monday, September 22. Encouraged to “Put It Away – Uncar for a Day,” commuters can pledge to go Car Free – or Car Lite – by going to www.carfreemetrodc.org.

Montgomery County Commuter Services (MCCS) staff will hold prize drawings and provide information on transportation options from 6:30 to 9 a.m. at the Bethesda, Friendship Heights, Shady Grove and White Flint metro stations and the Germantown and Silver Spring Ride On transit centers. Participants will be eligible to win prizes that include a Kindle Fire, Sole Custom Bicycle, health and fitness club annual membership and SmarTrip card with fare.

International Car Free Day is an annual, worldwide event that encourages the public to find alternatives to usingcars or to reduce the amount of driving they do. Using transit, biking and walking – instead of driving – reduces noise, pollution and stress.

MCCS offers assistance to finding “Better Ways to Work,” year-round by walking, taking transit, carpooling, vanpooling, biking or teleworking. Check the County’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/commute.

Montgomery County provides and promotes a comprehensive, balanced transportation program that includes a wide variety of alternative transportation options for residents, businesses, employees and visitors. The County promotes the effective and efficient solutions to reduce pollution and transportation costs, help address climate change concerns and ensure the economic and environmental vitality of the community.

For more information about transportation options in the County, contact Commuter Services at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/commute.  Anyone traveling near downtown Silver Spring or Friendship Heights can stop in at the County’s TRiPS Commuter stores at 8413 Ramsey Avenue in Silver Spring and 17 Wisconsin Circle in Friendship Heights. Both stores are located within a short walk of Metrorail stations, sell transit fare media and provide a variety of personalized assistance with transportation alternatives.