Westchester executive declares second ‘Car Free Day’


WHITE PLAINS – For the second year in a row, Westchester County Executive George Latimer is asking that all drivers leave their cars at home on Friday, September 20 in celebration of “Car Free Day” in the Hudson Valley.

The event, sponsored by the county Public Works Department and Transportation’s SMART Commute Program, is designed to encourage alternatives to single occupant driving, including use of mass transit, carpooling, biking or walking to your destination.

“While we are all in the habit of getting into our cars to drive to work each day, this Car Free Day, I am asking that you try to find one specific way to celebrate sustainable transportation,” Latimer said. “Whether you take the bus, ride to work with a colleague, or take a walk to your local deli or coffee shop instead of using your car at lunch time, any action can make a difference.”

Last September on the first Car Free Day, more than 1,200 Hudson Valley residents left their cars at home or drove them less to celebrate Car Free Day, said Heliana Higbie, 511NY Ridershare Regional program manager.

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