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Jacksonville Car-Free Week: Pick a day + Commute another way
May 14, 2018 - May 18, 2018Free
A personal motorized vehicle can be a costly dependence, both for our wallets and our environment. For one week in Bike Month, May 14 – 18, 2018, the Jacksonville BPAC is encouraging you to try other options — for just one day, or all week. Then join us that Friday, May 18, from 6 -8 pm, for our Awards Party!
WALK TO WORK
Since every trip by car, by transit, or even by bike starts and ends with walking, it’s easy to walk to work. Drivers can switch to transit, or carpool and park away from their place of work. Bus and skyway riders can simply get off 1 or 2 stops earlier.
RUN TO WORK
Morning runs before you get to work will ensure you arrive at the office feeling awake and ready to start the day off right. And if you choose to run-commute home, it’s an opportunity to clear your mind after a hard day. For tips on running to work, visit runwork.net.
BIKE TO WORK
National Bike to Work Day is Friday, May 18, but why not bike to work all week during Car-Free Week? The purpose of Bike to Work Day is to have higher numbers of bicyclists in regular clothing out and visible to motorists who are also trying to get to work. Bicyclists wearing regular clothing sends a message to the motorists: “Yes, you, too, can go to work by bike!” For tips, visit jaxbikecoalition.org/2017/04/02/national-bike-to-work-day-2017.
SKYWAY TO WORK
The skyway is faster than driving through downtown, it’s usually not crowded, and it’s free! We’re currently seeking permission for bikes on the skyway during Car-Free Week, so stay tuned. For stops and schedules, visit jtafla.com/schedules.
BUS TO WORK
Riding the bus is common place for most people living in large, metropolitan cities. It’s cheap and you can chill out on the way to work — no fighting traffic, catch up on your reading, or even take a nap. And in Jacksonville, the bus system is better than ever! For stops and schedules, visit schedules.jtafla.com.
For those who have to drop off children at school, it’s still possible to go partially car-free. If you want to bike to work, bring your bike with you when driving, drop off your children, park your car away from your place of work in a secure area, and bike from there. The same idea applies to walking or running. Yes, it counts!
Hyperion Brewery Co.
1740 Main St N
Jacksonville, FL 32206
Friday, May 18, 2018
Our most impressive commuters — aka Star Commuters — are eligible to win prizes! Examples of star commuting:
- Participated multiple days during Car-Free Week
- Longest distance running to work
- Longest distance walking to work
- Longest distance biking to work
- Longest distance taking the bus to work
- Most diverse transit user (used the bus, and walked, and biked, etc. to work)
- Most enthusiastic (posted the most social media photos about their active transit to work)
- And more!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
In order to be eligible to win prizes, you must post “commute selfies” on social media using the hashtag #CarFreeJax18. Prizes are limited. Visit our Participate page to learn more!
Find other participants and let others know you’ll be joining:
RSVP on the Facebook event page
Come out and meet like-minded people for a night of camaraderie and recognition for a job well done!