SEPTEMBER 22 - 29, 2017
WALK. BIKE. RIDE THE BUS. CARPOOL.
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Four counties in Central New York, including Chemung, Cortland, Schuyler, and Steuben, have been working together to launch a Car-Lite Challenge on Car Free Day – an annual international event that encourages drivers to leave their cars at home for a day on Friday, September 22. Observed in over 2,000 cities in 44 countries, Car Free Day is celebrated in different ways, but with the common goal of taking cars off the road to reduce traffic, improve the environment and conserve energy.
This year partners have selected to change the name to “Car-Lite” to acknowledge that it is sometimes difficult to go completely “Car-Free” if you live in a rural area. Efforts to promote driving less and replacing trips in a car with carpooling, public transit, biking or walking are considered a step in the right direction. The Challenge will run for eight days, from September 22 to 29th.
Anyone who lives or works in the counties can participate in the challenge by registering on the Car-Lite Challenge website . Blog about your experience on the website and your entries enter you into a chance to win the grand prize - a Fit Bit!
Mail-in entries are also accepted and should be received by October 2nd to Transportation Link-Line, c/o The Arc of Schuyler, 203 12th Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891.
Participants living in Schuyler County must log at least three entries to be eligible for the grand prize drawing. The winner will be randomly selected in October and the grand prize for each County announced. SChuyler County's Grand Prize is a Fit Bit!
“The Car-Lite Challenge reminds us that there are other ways to get around that not only help save money, but can be an overall a healthier choice." said Amber Simmons, Schuyler County Mobility Manager.
Take the next step. For more details about the Car-Lite Challenge and to learn about transportation resources to help you get around visit https://carlitechallenge.wordpress.com/ or contact Amber Simmons.
Transportation Resources in Schuyler County:
Public Transit: Schuyler County Transit operates M - F. View the schedules here. The Transportation Link-Line is open M - F, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM to explain public bus schedules and transportation options. Call 607.535.3555.
Bicycling: Bike share is available at Seneca Harbor Park, to the east of The Marina Restaurant. It's free and easy to use!
Carpool: Arrange a carpool on your own or use one of the regional carpool sites like www.southerntierrideshare.com/.