Patchogue (WALK) - If everyone on Long Island drove 1 mile less every day, that would save us a collective 2.8 million miles worth of traffic, pollution and gas.
That thought comes from Rosemary Mascali of Traffic Solutions, one of the groups behind the first annual Car Free Day Long Island, scheduled for this Friday, September 19th. A coalition of environmental groups, nonprofits and local businesses are asking Long Islanders to drive less that day, or not at all, and offering prizes to people who pledge to participate.
Mascali says that the goal for Car Free Day is to focus the attention of Long Islanders on the impact of transportation on our environment, energy usage and pocketbooks and get people to consider alternatives to single-passenger driving.
"We are two populous counties with so many that we can't ignore it anymore," said Mascali. "If we want to grow and keep young people on Long Island, we can't ignore this issue."
Anyone who fills out an online pledge to take part in Car Free Day Long Island will be entered in a free prize drawing. The prizes include two Raleigh commuters bicycles worth over $600.
To find out more and fill out the pledge form, click here.