Long Islanders Encouraged to Go Carless on September 22


For the 9th Annual Car Free Day drivers trade theri cars for public transportation, bikes, or walking.

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The 9th Annual Car Free Day Long Island will be taking place on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. The day-long celebration is part of an effort to go green and to reduce Long Island's carbon footprint. Car Free Day Long Island is part of a larger international event that is celebrated every September. People are encouraged to get around without cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, subway or walk.


According to a press release by the Town of North Hempstead, which is promoting Car Free Day, over 3,100 cities in 50 countries will take the pledge to travel without cars.


“It is easy to take the pledge,” said Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “Use public transportation, ride bikes, or walk to help our environment and reduce the impact of single occupancy vehicles.”


In 2019, 5,821 Long Islander’s pledged to go car free or car-lite, resulting in the avoidance of 128,000 miles of driving and 64 tons of CO2 emissions.


To participate in this event, all you have to do is pledge to be car free or car-light on September 22, 2021 by filling out the pledge form on www.CarFreeDayLI.com. Those who take the pledge will automatically be entered for a chance to win prizes.


There are a number of regional resources that can help you be Car Free or Car-Lite.


  • 511NY Long Island has an extensive transit system. Plan car-free routes with the 511NY online trip planner.

  • MTA for LIRR and NYC subway and bus maps, schedules and fare information.

  • LIRR – Download the free LIRR Train Time app

  • NICE for Nassau County bus maps, schedules and fare information.

  • Suffolk County Transit for Suffolk County Transit bus maps, schedules and fare information.

  • HART - For information on the Huntington Area Rapid Transit bus maps, fares and schedules.

  • Long Beach Municipal Bus - for information on the Long Beach Municipal Bus schedule and fares.

  • 511NYRideshare to find a carpool partner or form a vanpool.

  • Google Maps - Use Google's trip planner to select a transit, biking or walking route.

  • Nassau-Suffolk Bicycle Coalition - Find out more about getting around by bike

  • Transit Solutions - Find out how employees can save as much as 40 percent on transit fares by paying for transit pre-tax through their employer.