I came across this post today in the blogosphere and thought it was interesting enough to share on here. Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling reported on the curently-underway Car-Free Diet Challenge being administered by Arlington County Commuter Services (Arlington, VA).
The premise: two individuals, skeptical of car commuting, undertake a 30 day car-free challenge. The individuals use a car-free calculator throughout the process to account for money savings, weight loss, and even CO2 reductions.
The official Challenge website and blog will provide periodical video updates of the two participants — and you can already check out the first video.
Would any of you in the Lehigh Valley undertake a car-free challenge? The transportation network in Arlington is much more robust than here in the Lehigh Valley, as there is ready access to a subway/light-rail system there. In turn, this makes it easier to commute within the greater Northern Virginia/Washington DC region. But I imagine that many of those who live and work within the Valley’s cities could undertake such a challenge. I would need a better bicycle and a stronger will in order to get over Wyandotte hill five days a week.
Post your thoughts on this challenge below.
(PS: If you didn’t get a chance to attend RenewLV’s Regional Transportation Forum on April 19th, the video of the forum can be viewed on the WLVT/PBS39 website.)