It’s not too late to register for Curb Your Car Week, a semi-annual event to encourage “the use of cheaper, healthier, and more earth-friendly transportation.”
Families throughout the greater Rochester area will pledge to leave their cars home for one or more trips during the week of October 6 to 12. Prizes will be awarded to top mileage savers and randomly to registered participants.
Event sponsor Color Brighton Green suggests walking, biking, carpooling, taking the bus, telecommuting or combining trips to reduce fuel use and carbon emissions. The volunteer group encourages participants to register on its website, so it can track the impact of the event. A pledge can be as simple as combining two errands in one trip, or as complicated as cycling to work every day.
In fall 2012 alone, Curb Your Car Week participants saved a total of 256 gallons of gas and 4,864 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2 based on 19 lbs per gallon), according to the Web site colorbrightongreen.org. The first event, in spring 2008, saved 314 gallons of gas and 5,966 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
Some participants reported that they continued to use alternative transportation or fuel-saving practices after the weeklong event, extending the health and environmental benefits.
More information is available on the Web site: http://www.colorbrightongreen.org/site/index.php?page=curb-your-car-week.