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Car donation program makes it easier to go car-free or car-lite

For immediate release


September 17, 2015


Media Contact: 

Ted Villaire
Active Transportation Alliance
Communications Director 
O: (312) 216-0484
C: (312) 563-1118



Car donation program makes it easier to go car-free or car-lite  
Get car- and bike-sharing memberships, a Ventra pass and more


Chicago, IL, September 17, 2015 — Many non-profit organizations accept donations of cars to benefit the organization, but the Active Transportation Alliance wants more than your donation.  

The non-profit that promotes biking, walking and transit wants to help you downsize that car for good by providing free memberships to car- and bike-sharing programs, discounts at a high-end bike shop and other perks like a Ventra pass and Active Trans membership.

Getting around without a car means getting more exercise, lightening your carbon footprint and saving loads of money on insurance, parking and gas. But now, going car-free or car-lite also means you can get free services and resources to help you get around Chicagoland without using your own car. 

“More and more people are going car-free or reducing the number of cars they own,” said Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance. “Services like Divvy, Uber, public transportation and various car-sharing operations have made it easier for people to ditch their cars. And what better way to say ‘thanks’ for a car donation than giving people some of these tools to make a seamless transition to a car-free or car-lite lifestyle,” 

When you donate your car to Active Trans, you’ll enjoy the following benefits.   

  • One year of free membership with Enterprise CarShare ($65 value) and $50 of driving credits.* 
  • One year of free membership with Divvy, Chicago’s bike sharing program ($75 value).* 
  • 15 percent discount at Ancien Cycles, a bike shop on Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. 
  • A free, seven-day unlimited ride Ventra pass. 
  • One free year of Active Trans membership ($35 value)

*While supplies last

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The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. Formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, the Active Transportation Alliance is supported by more than 7,000 members and 1,000 volunteers. For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance, visit or call 312.427.3325.