Celebrate Car Free Week September 22-28

Posted on Wednesday Sep 11, 2013 in sustainability

The City of Evanston invites the community to celebrate Chicagoland Car Free Week September 22-28, 2013 and take the pledge to drive less and live move!

150x150-logo-date_social.jpgCar Free Week is organized by the Active Transportation Alliance (ATA) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and challenges people to leave their car at home and put their transit card, bicycle and walking shoes to work. Participants can track carfree trips at Drive Less Live More for the chance to win big rewards. The more trips you track between September 22-28, the cooler the prizes you could win! And best of all, it's totally free. Prizes will also be given away during Car Free Week on social media. Share your Car Free Week trips using #carfreeme and you could win Divvy Bikeshare Day Passes, PACE gift bags, and Transit Tees t-shirts!

Car Free Week is built upon Carfree Day, which is celebrated worldwide every September 22 and showcases how our cities might look like, feel like, and sound when more people are walking, biking and taking public transit instead of driving.

Car Free Week 2013 prizes

  • Civia Loring bicycle, donated by Roscoe Village Bikes. Its stylish, Dutch-inspired comfort features an 8-speed Shimano Alfine internal hub and is a $1,200 value!
  • Chicago "Stay-cation" Package includes two passes to the Museum of Science and Industry, including the new “Art of the Bicycle” exhibit; a one-night stay at the historic Blackstone Renaissance Hotel on Michigan Avenue; a $100 gift card to Bistrot Zinc, fine French dining in the Gold Coast; two CTA 1-day Fun Passes; and two 1-day Divvy BikeShare passes.
  • Two Zipcar packages (a $100 total value). Existing members receive $100 in driving credit; new members receive membership, plus remaining value in driving credit
  • Two Divvy BikeShare annual memberships ($75 value) Unlimited rides under 30 minutes
  • Two 2014 MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive registrations; carfree biking on Lakeshore Drive. Track just one trip during Car Free Week to enter!
  • Two 2014 Four-star Bike & Chow registrations; ride Chicago’s historic boulevards and world-class trails, snacking on local food all the way. Choose from four different routes. Track just one trip during Car Free Week to enter!

ABOUT Drive Less, Live More

JoinTheMovement_400x400.jpgDrivelesslivemore.com is a web-based program designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality by shifting local travelers from drive-alone car trips to healthier, active, and greener travel modes, including transit, cycling, walking, carpool, vanpool, water-taxi and telecommuting. This process is called modeshift. Drive Less, Live More is sponsored by the Active Transportation Alliance (ATA) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA).


Since Drive Less Live More launched on November 1, 2012, users have:

  • Logged more than 165,000 non-drive alone trips (52,000 transit trips, 80,000 bike trips, 25,000 walking trips and 2,300 telecommutes!)
  • Logged almost 1.5 million non-drive-alone miles
  • Prevented almost 600 tons of CO2 emissions
  • And saved over $350,000!

Tips for Going Car-Free

Evanston is rich in public transit and our walkable, bikable community gives you many different transportation options in order to make your Car Free Week as smooth of an experience as possible. For those traveling in and out of Evanston, Metra, CTA, and PACE provide easy to use public transportation options that run regularly throughout the day.

For those who are traveling within Evanston’s borders, walking and biking are excellent alternatives to driving or public transit. For more information on bike routes and bike parking options, visit the biking resources page on the City of Evanston’s website.

Car Free Beyond Car Free Week

The idea of being car free can be daunting to most commuters who have been driving for a long time. Like most adjustments to personal habits, it is best to take small steps towards being more “car free.” Here are some actions for you to consider when pursuing your car-free goal:

o Develop a car-pool to help lower your personal car usage during the week
o If it is nice outside, try walking to do your errands and enjoy the weather.
o Take public transportation to save on gas and parking costs.
o Research car sharing services such as Zipcar and iGo.

Track your progress towards reducing your vehicle use at the Drive Less Live More website and become eligible for prizes all year long.

Green Living Festival logo web.jpgOn the final day of Car Free Week, you can learn more about how to lower your carbon footprint by attending the Evanston Green Living Festival, an annual event presented by the Evanston Environmental Association (EEA) and the City of Evanston, with financial and in-kind support from an outstanding group of sponsors. The 2013 festival will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 28 at the Evanston Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston. Besides the green market, silent auction, this year there will be alternative transportation demos presented in celebration of National Plug In Day, bicycle recycling and bicycle rickshaw rides. Secure bicycle parking will be available or you can use the free shuttle service to and from the downtown Davis St. Metra station courtesy of the City of Evanston and Davis Transportation.

Bike.jpgThe following day, the fifth annual “Bike the Ridge” will take place on Ridge Avenue in Evanston between Howard and Church Streets. This non-competitive, City of Evanston-sponsored special event will take place between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, 2013. Ridge Avenue will be limited to those on non-motorized bicycles only (motorized bicycles or skateboards are not allowed). The ride officially kicks off at 9:00 a.m. at Ridge Avenue at Howard Street, but you may bike anywhere on the route during the event. Children under age 18 are required to wear bike helmets per City of Evanston ordinance.