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Twenty-Third Annual Clean Commute Day Gets Underway Friday

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Biking is just one of the options organizers of the event hope commuters will take advantage of on Friday. Biking is just one of the options organizers of the event hope commuters will take advantage of on Friday.

It's time to ditch the car. On Friday, commuters can take public transit for free as a part of Clean Commute Day in central Virginia.

Charlottesville RideShare is asking people to walk, ride a bike, take public transit, or carpool for Friday's morning and evening commute. The goal is to make people aware of the transportation options in the region and encourage people to try a new way of commuting.

Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) is also giving free rides on all bus routes Friday as part of this effort.

"Well one big benefit is the cost. We have a lot of people who are traveling 20 or more miles from Charlottesville coming here for work," said Lisa Horanyi, a program manager for RideShare.

Representatives from RideShare, JAUNT, University Transit Service and CAT will be in front of the free speech wall Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide the public with more information about transportation options.

They will also be asking people to sign the Clean Commute Pledge to try an alternative to driving alone for just one day this spring. Anyone who signs the pledge will be entered to win two Amtrak tickets, good for travel to the Northeast service area.

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