Massachusetts residents are encouraged to leave their cars in the driveway and instead try bicycling, walking, public transit, carpooling, or vanpooling in celebration of Massachusetts Car-Free Week, September 18-24.
Massachusetts joins over 1,000 cities in 40 countries across the globe in an effort to showcase the community and environmental benefits of reducing the number of vehicles on the road.
MassDOT’s participation in Massachusetts Car-Free Week supports GreenDOT, a comprehensive environmental responsibility and sustainability initiative of MassDOT. GreenDOT calls for MassDOT to incorporate sustainability into all of its activities, from strategic planning to project design and construction to system operation. The GreenDOT policy initiative includes greenhouse gas reduction targets mandated under the Global Warming Solutions Act, signed by Governor Patrick in 2008.
Every September 22, 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. Several US cities hold events on World Car-Free Day; however, no other state in the nation has proclaimed a statewide Car-Free Day celebration. This year, Massachusetts will be celebrating an entire week of going Car-Free.
Learn more by visiting the Massachusetts Car-Free Week website.