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Drop Your Car Keys for a Day!

Car Free Day is traditionally held on September 22.  In the National Capital Region (Washington DC metropolitan area), Car Free Day 2018 will be observed on Friday, September 21,  and/or  Saturday, September 22, 2018. 

Participate on either day or both, it’s up to you!

Car Free Day is a worldwide event that encourages greener methods of travel; meaning ways to get around other than driving alone by car.  Commuter Connections hosts Car Free Day in the Washington, DC region to bring awareness to the benefits of travel options such as transit, bicycling and walking; and also telework for people who can work from home.  Carpooling and vanpooling count too, we call that “car-lite” since they are both lighter on the wallet and the environment than driving alone in a car.

Reduce your Carbon Footprint

Using more sustainable ways to get around helps reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion. The more people who travel using bicycles, buses, trains, carpools and vanpools, the less pollutants are released into the atmosphere.


Available technology allows employees to transparently perform their duties outside the traditional workplace.  Ask your supervisor if you can telework on Car Free Day.


Bicycling is a healthy, quiet, clean, economical, and fun way to get to where you need to go. Thousands of DC area residents, employees, and students travel by bicycle every day for work, play, school, errand, etc. Visit Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Capital Bikeshare, and Bike & Roll for more information on getting started.


Get around the region on rails via the Metrorail subway system or the commuter trains – MARC or VRE.


Walking is a great way to and burn calories instead of burning gas! Visit Map my Walk to find printable walking maps of any city.


Go “car-lite” by joining a carpool or vanpool for Car Free Day! Visit Commuter Connectionsto find rideshare partners for commuting or special events. Download the CarpoolNow app for on-demand carpooling services and start connecting in real time to others who want to share a ride.


Travel around the District, northern Virginia and suburban Maryland without the hassles of traffic, parking or the expense of gas.  Options include Metrobus plus local bus systems throughout the region.

Take the Pledge!

All are welcome to take the Car Free Day pledge whether you’re a Washington DC area resident, commuter, or student.  Once you take the Online Pledge, we will automatically enter you into a raffle for all sorts of great prizes. Click on the image below and choose the travel method that fits your mobility best!

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