Montgomery County is encouraging residents to ditch their cars and use “greener” modes of transportation in recognition of “Car Free Day” on Thursday, September 22.
The county encourages residents to walk, bike or use public transportation instead of driving their cars through free giveaways and raffles for gift cards. Prizes include an annual Capital Bikeshare membership or a $200 SmarTrip card.
👣Reduce your Carbon Footprint👣
Using more sustainable means of transportation helps reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The more people who travel by bike, bus, train, carpool and van, the less pollutants are released into the atmosphere. https://t.co/VXZiIb5KCq pic.twitter.com/WcCBLdWKeQ
— MCDOT (@MCDOTNow) September 20, 2022
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Commuter Services Team will be offering free giveaways and raffle ticket entries at the following locations, according to a county news release:
- From 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at:
- Heights of Friendship at Wisconsin Place
- Germantown Transit Center
- North Bethesda Subway Station
- Shady Grove Subway Station
- Silver Spring Subway Station
- From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at:
- Bethesda at the subway platforms
- White Oak – Lockwood Drive and New Hampshire Avenue Transit Center
To enter the raffle, residents can complete a pledge card in person at designated locations or online, which provides additional benefits.
#Did you know as a 👏 thank you 👏 to all those who take the #Car Free Day commitment, you will receive a confirmation email with a 2️⃣4️⃣ hour pass for unlimited 4️⃣5️⃣ minute rides on the @bikeshare system.
— MCDOT (@MCDOTNow) September 19, 2022
New Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Chief Executive Officer and CEO Randy Clarke emphasized the benefits of using public transportation at a Sept. 20 Montgomery County Board meeting.
“Mass transit is the ultimate opportunity connector,” Clarke said. “It connects people to education, jobs, health care and so many other facets of life.”
The county is also encouraging residents who don’t own a bike to use the Capitol Bikeshare system to get to their destinations.