World Carfree Day is an official world wide celebration started over a decade ago instituted by the World Carfree Network. Today is set aside to remind us that alternate transportation exists and using it just one day a year is a big step. Each year the organization sponsors many events around the globe, in major cities to rural countryside’s. Whether it’s just you going solo on your bike to the store, or you simply catch a bus to work, the object is to remove as many single passenger vehicles from the road as possible in one day.
America’s greatest sources of pollution are from engine emissions. From large tractors and cranes to Cadillac’s and VW Beetles, vehicle emissions are the leading cause of pollution in urban areas. As combustion occurs and fuel evaporates into the air through the exhaust, pollutants like nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and other particulate matter.
These chemicals are just the beginning. Greenhouse gases and air toxins are even more prevalent. The EPA’s Website is full of the even more information on the details of each gases effects. While many factors warrant air pollution in certain areas, one thing is for certain. Heavy pollution comes from engines.
On September 22, my family and I rode our bikes to the nearest restaurant and had a meal for dinner. Later that evening we walked to the local store for some ice cream. We are fortunate enough to have the Withlacoochee State Trail: Florida’s Longest Linear State Park and some of the best paved biking trails that lead into towns. Although this wasn’t really necessary, we needed to prove to ourselves we could go do things without a car.
Unfortunately, we still had to use the car to get to school. The school is far away and takes nearly a half an hour just to get to. Public transportation just doesn’t exist here although we do carpool when we can. Try as we might, our family still cannot live without a vehicle parked in the driveway.