Charlottesville's air is a little cleaner after Clean Commute Day. Friday, Charlottesville RideShare encouraged people to leave their cars behind and walk, bike or take the bus to work. Commuters could take public transit for free.
The event was meant to educate people about public transportation options and encourage them to use them more often.
"Some of the statistics suggest that congestion in the Downtown area - about 80% of that is people driving around looking for a parking place and so, if I can ride my bike here and park it at a bike stand, that's another parking place that somebody can take," said Mac Lafferty of Bike Charlottesville.
Charlottesville RideShare asked commuters to take the Clean Commute Day pledge to go to work without their cars at least one day this spring.