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  • Pima County DEQ Celebrates World Car-Free Day on Monday, September 22

    Sep 17, 2014 | Read More News
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    Car Free TucsonPima County, Ariz. (September 16, 2014) - Give your car a staycation for one day and you could win a $100 gift card or a Kindle e-reader. Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) and Pima Association of Governments (PAG), the region's metropolitan planning organization, join the rest of the world in encouraging drivers to treat themselves to a Car-Free Day on Monday, September 22.

    There are so many benefits to finding another way of getting there including saving money, reducing traffic jams, gaining strength by walking to the bus or biking, conserving energy, and improving air quality,” said Beth Gorman, Senior Program Manager with PDEQ’s Clean Air Program.

    And if you are concerned an emergency may leave you stranded without a car, you can even receive a free guaranteed taxi ride home!

    If trying public transit, including the Sun Link streetcar, for a car-free day, information and trip planning is available at  www.suntran.com.  The Pima County Department of Transportation Bicycle and Pedestrian Program has free bike maps, safety classes and lots of information on bike routes throughout the region.

    To locate a carpool or to qualify for the Car-Free Tucson prize drawing, participants can log their car-free trips in the Sun Rideshare Travel Calendar at www.sunrideshare.org/ridepro. Prizes include a Kindle Fire, one of two $100 gift cards, and more. Only one car-free trip is needed on September 22 to be eligible to win, and participants must have the trip logged in by 8:00 a.m. September 23. For a guaranteed ride home in case of an emergency, registration is required at the Sun Rideshare website.

    Looking for more benefits to being car-free?

    • By leaving your car at home one day per week, commuters can save up to $70 a month in gas, insurance, and maintenance costs.
    • Taking transit to work one day a week saves about 13 pounds of air pollution per month or 143 pounds per year.
    • The average household spends a quarter of their annual income on transportation. Switching to public transportation can save you almost $10,000 a year.
    • Getting out of the car is healthier (biking and walking reduce heart disease and diabetes) and less stressful – it’s good for you, good for our community, and good for the planet.
    For more information on going car-free and keeping the air healthy to breathe, call PDEQ Clean Air Program at (520) 724-7446.