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  • Drive less and win prizes during a car-free September

    Sep 09, 2021 | Read More News
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    If you bus, carpool, bike, walk, skate or telecommute to work in September, you have the chance to win prizes during Car Free Month. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) encourages everyone to drive less during the month of September.

    “We want people to try different ways to get to work that are less polluting than driving a car alone,” says Ursula Nelson, DEQ Director. “We want to recognize and reward people who drive less during the month of September.”

    Residents of Pima County have all month to submit a selfie of the way they get to work, but not if they drive alone. For the contest, car-free modes of travel include: bike, bus, streetcar, walk, skate, scooter, carpool, vanpool, telework, and compressed work schedule. For a chance at prizes, take a photo of yourself using an alternate mode, and submit it using a link found at www.pima.gov/HealthyAir.

    Do you mix it up when getting to work? You will have even more chances to win. If you travel to work using different modes, you may Bus commutersubmit a different selfie of each mode.

    Another way to win prizes is to take the Drive Less pledge. Your choice of prizes (while supplies last):
    • Hydro Flask Water Bottle
    • Loop Jersey
    • Loop T-shirt and ball cap
    • Bike Pannier
    • Insulated Backpack Cooler
    Sept. 22 is World Car-Free Day, and Pima County will celebrate with two mini-fairs for commuters who use alternate modes of transportation. In the morning, DEQ will offer snacks and beverages to commuters who walk, bike, skate or scooter at Rillito Park, along The Chuck Huckelberry Loop east of First Avenue, 6:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.  At lunch time, more snacks will be offered at Jacomé Plaza in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library at Stone and Pennington, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. At both mini-fairs, you can show your alternate mode in person, or a selfie of yourself using your alternate mode for chances to win prizes. Staff and participants at the mini-fairs are requested to maintain physical distance.

    Pima County first participated in World Car-Free Day in 2010. Recognizing that cleaner air is a long-term goal, not just a one-day goal, DEQ expanded the event this year to last for the entire month of September.