World Car Free Day is celebrated each year on September 22. The annual event encourages communities to give up their cars for the day, taking advantage of alternative transportation options, including public transit, biking, walking, and more.
Since this year’s international event will take place over the weekend, Lehigh University celebrated a few days early, inspiring students, faculty, and staff to use other transportation options to get to and around campus. On September 19, around 150 people from the Lehigh community chose to walk, bike, carpool, or take transit rather than drive to the campus.
Lehigh honored participants with a VIP breakfast. The event also included a vendor showcase, where students, faculty, and staff could learn about some of the folks helping to make the transition to a more car-free community possible. Vendors included:
- Lehigh University Office of Sustainability
- Lehigh University Parking Services
- Cutter Bike Shop
- Lehigh Police Department
- Lehigh’s Green Action Club
- Zimride/Enterprise Car Share
This effort by Lehigh University is a fantastic example of creating a fun opportunity to bring a community together, as well as educate them on an important subject like reducing vehicle use. This was also a great way for Lehigh students, faculty, and staff to learn about the resources available to help them reduce their driving and create a car-free campus.
Congratulations to Lehigh University for being a leader on this important issue!