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Got plans Friday?

April 15, 2010

Mark your calendar, or your iPhone or whatever.

Spending the day being car-free? That’s what all the cool kids are doing.

Or, at least, that’s what one Canadian blogger hopes. A mother of two in Ottawa has pledged to be car-free every Friday. She’s blogging about it, and she wants others to take the pledge too. She’s got rules and everything.

You can walk, bike, bus, subway, carpool—whatever you prefer. You can even pick another day of the week if you want. You just can’t drive your car from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. one day each week.

I love this concept.

I love it, because it relates directly to NCG, but I also love it, because it’s the perfect way for car-ful individuals to test the car-free waters—to dip a big toe in one day a week just to see what it’s like, no strings attached. If the water’s freezing, you can get right back behind the wheel. But I don’t think that’s going to happen. I think swimming in that warm, inviting water, you’re going to feel so good about your actions and proud of your choice, that you’re going to want to do it every day. That’s what happened to me.

Consider Car Free Friday your gateway drug to a hard-core car-free life.

And even if one day a week doesn’t make you crave car-free-ness like chocolate, at least you’ll be doing it that one day—and that makes a difference. According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, in 1994, U.S. residential vehicles traveled 1,793 billion miles—that’s 4.91 billion miles per day.

So, if all of us in the U.S. participated in Car Free Friday, we’d decrease our annual car mileage by 255.32 billion miles.

Want to get on board? Make your pledge official by going to Car Free Friday and giving your first name and city. Let’s get some U.S. states listed next to those BC-ers.

Just one little old day a week—you can do it. Start tomorrow!

Car-freely, Amy

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