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Celebrate “Car Free Day” on Friday, Sept. 22

Ditch the car and take part in Car Free Day to help make Indy a more environmentally friendly place to live, work, and play.

Young professionals carpool for Car Free Day

Another way to cut down on emissions is to carpool with co-workers or friends who are going to the same area as you.

Photo provided by CIRTA

Ditch the car and bus-t a move. Tomorrow, Sept. 22 is Car Free Day — a free international event when people are encouraged to get around town without driving alone in cars + instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, vanpool, subway, or walk.

There are several benefits to ditching the car: it’s a way to save money, lower your stress, and make central Indiana a cleaner place to live.

Did that make you want to hang up the keys? While Indy may not really have a bustling train or subway system, we do have several options to go car free:

  • Take the bus. Plan your trip with IndyGo.
  • Ride a bike. Don’t own one? Use Pacers Bikeshare.
  • Get your steps in. Travel by foot using the Cultural Trail.
  • Hop on a scooter. Heads up, scooters are not permitted on sidewalks or trails. Make sure you know the city’s scooter guidelines.
  • Join a carpool. The state encourages carpooling + there are designated parking areas for state employees who carpool and have a carpool hang tag.
  • If you’re able to, work from home + skip the commute.
Bikers gather outside City Market on Car Free Day

Last year, CIRTA hosted the Car Free Day in City Market’s west plaza.

Photo provided by CIRTA

To celebrate Car Free Day, Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA) is hosting an event featuring live music, vendor booths + free breakfast from Wild Eggs or lunch from Domino’s at the SPARK on Monument Circle. The event will take place from 7 to 9 a.m. and again from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

You can register to take part in Car Free Day to be entered for a chance to win prizes like concert tickets to see P!NK, John Mayer, or Tim McGraw — plus $250 Visa gift cards and more.

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