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Once again several counties in Central New York  are working together to launch a Car-Free Challenge on Car Free Day – an international event that encourages drivers to leave their cars at home for a day on Tuesday, 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.

The 2016 Car-Free Challenge, a regional effort to promote driving less and replacing trips in a car with carpooling, public transit, biking or walking, will run for two weeks, from September 22 to October 5. Anyone who lives or works in the counties can participate in the challenge by registering on the Car-Free Challenge website and submitting a written entry each time they take a car-free trip.

Mail-in entries are also accepted and should be received by October 5 to Schuyler County Transit Office, 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 receive a gift basket of Finger Lakes products.

Las year the region logged over 8000 miles and Schuyler County residents had more than 50 entries and almost 500 miles to add to the regional total. Mobility Managers and transportation officials in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and neighboring counties decided to collaborate once again and make this year even more successful! 

“The Car-Free Challenge helps us all reconsider how we get around.  It’s an opportunity for people to participate and realize the tremendous benefits of using alternative transportation,” said Amber Simmons, Schuyler County Mobility Manager.

Take the next step. For more details about the Car-Free Challenge and to learn about transportation resources to help you get around visit www.carfreechallenge.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, 9:30 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 Zimride or www.southerntierrideshare.com/.