How do you commute to work? What effect does your choice means of transportation have on the world?
These are two questions that you can start to think about on Wednesday, Sept. 22, which is Car Free Day worldwide. This is a “holiday” that was started way back in 2000 to raise awareness about alternatives to cars, according to the World Carfree Network. Car-free days were organized in the 1970s when there was an oil crisis, and continued in Europe. However, Car Free Day didn’t become an annual event until 2000. Unfortunately, my community in Louisiana isn’t doing anything to celebrate Car Free Day. However, that hasn’t stopped my friends and I from planning a day for our neighborhood.
Since there is nothing going on in our community, my neighborhood has organized their own Car Free Day. Everybody who has a job to get to in the morning, if it isn’t too far away, has decided to ride their bikes together to work. Some of our neighbors who don’t own bikes have borrowed them from friends of theirs to take part in this day and to show their kids some responsibility.
All of the parents on our block who have school-age children are going to be walking their kids to school together. After school is out for the kids, we planned a block party where we can better educate our kids on the effects that cars really have on our environment. Some of the better bike riding parents have even planned a bike riding seminar to teach the kids who don’t know how to ride bikes to be able to ride Even though this is nothing compared to what some of the international and big city celebrations are doing to celebrate Car Free Day, we are doing the little that we can do.
Car Free Day was something for us all to think about this year with the oil crisis that was effecting our families in Louisiana. When we saw all the oil that was being lost and how bad it was for the environment, it got us thinking that there have to be other ways to get around besides cars. Mass transportation is basically non-existent in our small community, but we are slowly trying to change that. Hopefully by the next Car Free Day, our community will have a better plan for how to cut out car emissions’ pollution in our area.
World Carfree Day, “History” World Carfree Network