Car Free Day Long Beach!

Car Free Day is coming to Long Island on Friday, September 20, 2013! Join your friends, neighbors and co-workers as Long Island goes car free or car-lite for the day! Visit the Long Beach Car Free Day Event page and participate!

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BACKGROUND:

carfreedayCar Free Day is an international event celebrated every September in which people are encouraged to get around without cars and instead ride a train, bus or bicycle, carpool with others, take the subway, walk or telecommute. Car Free Day is celebrated in over 1,500 cities in 40 countries around the world. This year, Car Free Day will be coming to Long Island on Friday, September 20, 2013!

Car Free Day LI will be celebrated in different ways with the common goal of taking cars off the road. Using cars less by taking advantage of alternative transportation modes will build awareness, reduce traffic, conserve energy, reduce harmful emissions, reduce parking problems and save money!

To participate in this event, all you have to do is pledge to be car free or car-lite on September 20, 2013 by filling out the pledge form on the Car Free Day LI website. It’s that simple! Once you pledge, you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win great prizes! Already car free? That’s great! And since you’re doing the right thing, you will also have the chance to win prizes when you fill out the pledge form.

Help us make the launch of Car Free Day on Long Island a great success!

 

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18 thoughts on “Car Free Day Long Beach!”

  1. Plenty of people do not use cars to get to work – they commute. For those who take their car to work or drive to the LIRR, this is a good day to look at other options. If you still need that car then that’s fine- pledge to be “car lite” and leave the car at home when you have to run out after work to do errands. Car pooling works, too!

  2. “Plenty of people do not use cars to get to work – they commute. ”

    I think those who don’t work in Manhattan and work on Long Island, but drive, consider that commuting, too.

    If you just want to make this a “stay local” day or whatever – great, but the public transportation system on Long Island is as flawed as they come.

    “For those who take their car to work or drive to the LIRR, this is a good day to look at other options.”

    I would love to see a thread “How long is your public transportation commute?”

    For me to go 19 miles from LB to my office takes about 40 minutes by car…

    If I used public transportation, it would take h 44 mins, 2 h 37 mins (3 bus transfers) to 2 hours 31 minutes (walking, LIRR West (Transfer), Lirr East, Walk).

    And it would cost $5.00 RT at the least expensive and $14.50 at the most – multiply that by 20 to get the number you can add to a car people may have payments on, plus insurance, plus gas, and it starts adding up to close to a $1,000 a month on transportation costs.

    So I think you’re defending the indefendable…but if you just want to do this for a day or something I guess it’s doable.

  3. “If I used public transportation, it would take h 44 mins, 2 h 37 mins (3 bus transfers) to 2 hours 31 minutes (walking, LIRR West (Transfer), Lirr East, Walk).”

    Was supposed to read….

    If I used public transportation, it would take 1h 44 mins (3 Bus transfers to 2 hours 31 minutes (walking, LIRR West (Transfer), Lirr East, Walk).

  4. I like it but then again I commute via LIRR or bike and do not venture out into Long Island unless a gun is held to my head. I share a car with my partner when necessary.

  5. But I think it sounds like a good plan…

    Get a new job so you can use the LIRR to get to work (if needed).

    Get a partner to share a car with.

    Don’t leave your home to go out on Long Island unless there’s a gun to your head.

    Rinse. Wash. Repeat.

  6. Trolling? I post here all the time and believe everything I say. I’m sorry when I reference people’s words they can’t back them up. The idea of living on Long Island without a car is stupid. There should be a movement to improve the public transportation on the island; not the perpetuation of a pipe dream through “feel goodery.”

  7. You make me laugh Box You “do not venture out into Long Island unless a gun is held to my head”? Well you’re missing out on a very beautiful island. But oh yes, your investment in hip. Your loss. Probably our gain. I’ll ignore car free day as meaningless feel goodery, but continue to do what I have been doing for a long time as part of a general commitment to decreasing my carbon footprint and encouraging, not berating, others to do the same. Public transportation options on Long Island are limited and costly. While you call out something mindlessly labelled “motorist socialism” (I get it, I really do Box), why don’t you consider thinking globally but acting very locally… control your tendency toward popular fascism and general condescension. After I send this out into the Internet ether, I promise to do the same.

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