TransForm’s Car-Free Challenge Starts June 1st

TransForm’s annual Car-Free Challenge is coming up in a few weeks and they’ve produced this video to get you in the spirit. If you’ll remember last year we profiled several inspirational participants who demonstrated that you don’t need a ride to raise a family and the mystique of a driver’s license as personal ticket to freedom doesn’t hold sway for some teenagers in the East Bay.

If you’re already car-free or car-lite, they still want you to sign up and give inspiration to those who might not think it’s possible to drive less or not at all.

As TransForm’s Susanna Handow noted, the "walk-bike-transit-athon" was a real inspiration last year for participants and they expect a larger pool of challengers this year. Beyond a week of reduced driving, said Handow, they hope the event inspires year-long changes to habits that encourage better health and a lower carbon footprint. We’ll be tracking the stories and highlighting some of them on Streetsblog. Hopefully you’ll be among them.


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Mapping the Benefits of California Climate Change Policy

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TransForum: Car-Free Adventures and Heroes

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Todays Headlines

Chronicle Calls Sunday Streets "No-Car Bliss" Sacramento Drivers Try Car-Free Challenge (Sac Bee) Hayward Development to Be Nearly Car-Free (SF Gate) UC Davis Study Says Commute by SUV May be Greener Than by Train (AFP) Transform’s Tips to Reduce Driving (Sac Bee) Sick Days Add to Muni Overtime Payout (Examiner) BART Downplays "BART" on New […]