Celebrate World Car Free Day!

September 22nd, 2010 | admin

Today, September 22, 2010, the Corvallis and OSU communities will join with people across the globe to participate in World Car Free Day – a time for individuals and communities to come together to explore the benefits of walking, biking, and using public transit and other non-automobile forms of transportation to get us where we need to go.

There are plenty of good reasons to use alternative transportation:

  • Save Money: AAA estimates that the full cost of driving (includes gas, maintenance, insurance, taxes and more) is 54¢ per mile for a medium-sized sedan.  A full-year parking pass at OSU costs $255.
  • Improve Your Health: According to WebMD, biking at a medium pace burns over 350 calories per hour, while leisurely walking can burn over 250 calories per hour.  Exercise also relieves stress and improves overall well-being.
  • Reduce environmental impacts: Automobiles are the largest source of carbon monoxide emissions in the nation, and are significant emitters of air pollution components like hydrocarbons, nitrous oxides and particulates.  Every time a gallon of gasoline is burned, 20 lbs of CO2 are emitted into the atmosphere.
  • Connect with Your Community: Driving in a car alone can be an isolating experience.  Biking, walking and riding the bus offer opportunities to interact with your community.
  • Reduce infrastructure costs: The more people that use alternative transportation, the fewer parking lots the institution needs to build and maintain.

There will be activities at various sites throughout the day, culminating in a Car Free Day Festival at the Wednesday Farmers Market (3:00 to 7:00 pm at 2nd and B), with plenty of food, music, information, and entertainment.  For more information on OSU’s role in World Car Free Day, please see the event website at http://oregonstate.edu/sustainability/world-car-free-day.  For those who must drive, consider carpooling or vanpooling.

Also happening during the month of September is the Bike Commute Challenge, a statewide event designed to encourage bicycling through friendly competition between individuals and organizations.  Numerous prizes are awarded throughout the competition.  For more information or to enroll, please go to http://bikecommutechallenge.com/.

One Response to “Celebrate World Car Free Day!”

  1. I volunteered at the MU Quad commuter check-in site for Car Free Day and we had lots of people join us the enter the prize raffle, mark where’d they come in from, and grab free snacks. We also had many people come to the OSUsed Store Bike Sale that day. Looking forward to next year!