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Don't sit in traffic. Join the movement during Car Free Week, September 22-28!

Every September 22, the world celebrates Car Free Day. This includes Active Trans and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), who've invited you to take the pledge to go carfree on September 22 since 2009.

In 2013, we've upped the ante and created Car Free Week, which takes place September 22-28! It's your chance to take the pledge — not for just one day, but seven — and put your transit card (or u-lock, laptop, or walking shoes!) where your mouth is by tracking your 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.

Car Free Week 2013 prizes

Civia Loring bicycle, donated by Roscoe Village Bikes

  • /Stylish, Dutch-inspired comfort bike
  • Featuring an 8-speed Shimano Alfine internal hub
  • A $1,200 value!

Chicago Stay-cation Package

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!

CarParticipating in Car Free Week is easy:

1. Visit and click the “Car Free Week” image (or “register button) to register as a user — it's easy and will take just a minute or so. Once your profile is confirmed, you are ready to start tracking trips.

2. Click on the “My Trip Tracker” link near the top-left to start entering trips into the interactive calendar. Any kind of trip can be tracked — transit, bike, ridesharing, walking, even telecommutes; all non-drive-alone trips are awarded a point score (trips must be Sept 22-28 for Car Free Week prizes; there are additional prizes for all September commutes, however!)

3. As you accumulate points, check the “My Rewards” page to see which Car Free Week prizes can be won; you will automatically be entered into each prize as you become eligible for them! 

We're giving away great prizes via social media, too! Tell us about your Car Free Week trips, using #carfreeme, and you could win Divvy Bikeshare Day Passes, PACE gift bags or Transit Tees t-shirts!

So this September, don't sit intraffic — join the movement! 

World Car Free Day is supported by the World Car free Network, the hub of the global car free movement, which promotes alternatives to car dependence and automobile-based planning, and works to improve quality of life for all. More information about the World Car Free Network is available at