Car-Free Fridays

Thursday, May 30, 2013

People all over the state (and indeed, all over the country) celebrated Bike to Work day on Friday, May 17th. Pittsburgh, however, has decided to take things a step further by kicking off a summer-long "Car-Free Fridays" initiative.

All summer long, Pittsburgh communities will be encouraged to take public transit, to bike, or to car-pool every single Friday. This initiative goes hand-in-hand with recently-approved plans for a new bike trail.

While car-free Fridays aren't an option for everyone, they're certainly a good trend that's well worth adopting in any city or state. If you'd like to try it, there's no time like the present. Take a moment to figure out which car-free option might work best for you as early as tomorrow.

For example, you could find out how far away the nearest bus line is and when you'd have to leave to get to work on time. You could take a moment to locate some bike trails that are between you and your workplace. Or you could contact a coworker to try to schedule a car pool.

Your efforts will add up. Even driving one less day every week will make a big difference to Idaho, both in terms of reducing emissions and in terms of reducing the amount of traffic that's on the road.

You might even find out you like it, perhaps enough to do it other days as well. It's certainly worth trying, especially on days when the weather is warm and nice.

Bring plenty of water and small, portable foods like granola bars if you intend to bike to work. This can make a huge difference in whether or not you are successful.

If you're feeling a little unsure of yourself you can check out these beginner tips from CommuteByBike.com.

Who knows? Car-free Fridays could just become the key to meeting your summer weight-loss goals. You could meet someone new. You could get more relaxed. You could learn to love a great new lifestyle.

It's certainly worth a try! Get started on i-way.org to figure out what your options are.