Car-Free Diet Celebrates Car-Free Day

September 23, 2011

People around the world celebrated Car-Free Day on September 22.  Arlington's Car-Free Diet sponsored a Car-Free Day event to thank and recognize our retail partners who have embraced the Car-Free Diet for their employees and customers. Our 301 retail partners have generously allocated space in their businesses for point-of-purchase displays with a customized transit map, bus schedules and bike/walk information to make it easier for everyone to try alternatives to driving alone.

Three outstanding partners were honored for their efforts in 2011:

Photo: Car-Free DayDr. Delivery has enthusiastically embraced the Car-Free Diet and has consistently initiated new opportunities to promote it. In fact, the owner even entered the 30-day Skeptics Challenge. And he went a step further by promoting the Skeptics Challenge on his billboard on Wilson Boulevard.

Photo: Car-Free DayCherrydale Hardware has been an Arlington Institution for over 70 years. The owners, as well as employees, are enthusiastic champions and advocates of the Car-Free Diet. With their Car-Free Diet display positioned prominently across from the cash register, employees frequently direct customers to the materials and even use the brochure information to help them find where they need to go. They also sell bike lights and reflectors.

Pentagon Centre is a large retail destination venue that draws thousands of people every day. Incredibly responsive and proactive, they provide Car-Free Diet with opportunities throughout the year to exhibit and participate in their sponsored events.

car free diet cakeDuring the past year, Arlington's Car-Free Diet has participated in 183 partner sponsored events; 6,917 people have taken the Car-Free Diet pledge to walk, bike, and take transit; and over 126,000 brochures, maps and schedules were distributed throughout the community during outreach events and through our partners.

Thanks to everyone who attended and all our Car-Free Diet partners for making Arlington car free everyday. And on the Car-Free Diet, you can eat cake! 

Bobbi Greenberg is the Marketing Director for Arlington County Commuter Services.

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