State asks people to go car-free from Sept. 18-24

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From The Enterprise

The governor is asking residents to leave their cars in the driveway and try bicycling, walking, public transit, carpooling, or vanpooling, for Massachusetts Car-Free Week, Sept. 18-24. Massachusetts will join more than 1,000 cities in 40 countries to show the benefits of reducing the number of vehicles on the road.
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“Massachusetts Car-Free Week enhances the GreenDOT mission by raising awareness about the environmental benefits of reducing vehicle emissions in our communities,” said Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Richard Davey.

GreenDOT, a state program runn by the state DOT, aims to reduce greehouse gas emissions under Gov. Deval Patrick's 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act. This law requires a reduction in emissions of 25 percent by 2020, and an 80 percent cutback by 2050. Transportation generates more than one-third of the total greenhouse gas emissions produced in Massachusetts.

Every Sept. 22, cities and towns around the world promote car-free travel. World Car-Free Day began in Europe and has quickly spread as a way to promote the environmental, financial, community and health benefits of using public transportation, carpooling, bicycling and walking. Several U.S. cities hold events on World Car-Free Day; however, no other state in the nation has proclaimed a statewide Car-Free Day celebration. This year, Massachusetts will be celebrating an entire week of going Car-Free.

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