September 16, 2009
Media Release

York Region Transit/Viva encourages you to go car-free on Tuesday, September 22nd

Car Free Day pledge form contest available at www.yrt.ca/carfree
NEWMARKET …quot; York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva is encouraging York Region residents to commute smarter to work and school for Car Free Day on Tuesday, September 22nd.
 
World Car Free Day has been celebrated internationally every September 22nd since its inception in 2000.  Promoted and supported by the World Car Free Network, the goal of Car Free Day is to promote sustainable modes of transportation, including walking, cycling, carpooling and transit use.
 
To help promote and celebrate Car Free Day, YRT/Viva and our partner Smart Commute are asking people to leave their cars at home and use active transportation, including walking, cycling, rollerblading and public transit to get to where you are going.
 
In addition to the health and environmental benefits of active transportation and fewer cars on the road, you can have a chance to win a free YRT/Viva monthly pass for October 2009 by signing your name on an online pledge sheet at www.yrt.ca/carfree and volunteering to walk, cycle or use transit.
 
To help plan for Car Free Day, Smart Commute has some helpful options and advice on carpooling, teleworking, flexible work hours, transit and cycling options for residents and employers.
 
For ideas on sustainable travel options on Car Free Day, please visit the Smart Commute website at www.smartcommute/ca/carfreeday
 
For more information about YRT/Viva services, please visit the YRT/Viva website at www.yrt.ca or call the Customer Service Centre at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978).
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
                      Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 1232 / Cell: 905 251-6419
                      Email: michael.kemp@york.ca

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