Residents are encouraged to leave their cars in the driveway where possible and instead try bicycling, walking, or taking public transit, in celebration of Massachusetts Car-Free Day on Wednesday, September 22.
Massachusetts joins over 1,000 cities in 40 countries across the globe participating in Car-Free Day, which supports the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s GreenDOT initiative focusing on environmental responsibility and sustainability. GreenDOT calls for MassDOT to incorporate sustainability into all of its activities, from strategic planning to project design and construction to system operation.
The initiative includes greenhouse gas reduction targets mandated under the Global Warming Solutions Act, signed by Governor Patrick in 2008. This law requires an economy-wide 2020 emissions reduction mandate of between 10 and 25 percent by January 1, 2011, the first step toward a required 80 percent reduction by 2050. The transportation sector generates more than one-third of the total greenhouse gas emissions produced in Massachusetts.
Every September 22nd, cities and towns around the world come together to promote car-free travel. World Car-Free Day began in Europe and has quickly spread to communities globally as a way to promote the environmental, financial, community, and health benefits of using public transportation, carpooling, bicycling, and walking.
Employers, individuals, and communities can learn more about registering for Massachusetts Car-Free Day and tracking participation on the web or by email: Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.