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Local Counties Urge Residents To Go Car-Free For Day

Posted September 22, 2004 8:41 a.m. EDT

— Drivers in Durham and Orange counties are being asked to leave their car keys at home Wednesday as part of International Car Free Day.

The Village Project hopes going car free for a day will help others catch on.

The group's

Web site

even suggests people map a circle with a one-mile radius around where they live and start walking everywhere inside that radius.

The goal is to reduce emissions and build awareness. Even the trips or changes can make a difference, in health and in healthy air.

According to the EPA, not driving an average passenger car for one day will remove 31.4 lbs of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Participants can win prizes and are encouraged to take advantage of free buses or walk to their destinations.

One thousand cities around the world take part in the event.