TransitColumbus joins the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and other groups to celebrate Central Ohio Car Free Day on Friday, September 21, 2012. Central Ohio Car Free Day is inspired by World Car Free Day, an annual international event that encourages people to give alternative transportation a try.

To represent the shift away from cars for the day, TransitColumbus and other area organizations, businesses and community groups will be transforming everyday parking spaces into Car Free Spots, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., to showcase what our community could look like with fewer cars on the road.  Visit the TransitColumbus spot on East Gay Street, between High and Third streets, where information on transit, and free coffee provided by Café Brioso, will be available. View a map of all the Car Free Spots here.

Other activities will include a group bicycle ride, led by MORPC and Consider Biking, to view a few of the Car Free Spots. The ride begins at the northeast corner of Goodale Park at 11:45 a.m. The first 20 riders will receive coupons for free triple scoops of Jeni’s Ice Cream as the ride will culminate at Jeni’s Short North location.

To participate in Car-Free Day, participating organizations encourage commuters to catch a ride to work on one of the many Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) buses, and/or to bike or walk to work or to a favorite local restaurant.  Other available options include finding a carpool buddy using RideSolutions, a free service of MORPC that helps commuters find a neighbor to share the ride to and from work. Find resources on how to go car-free this Friday at www.carfreedaycolumbus.org.