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Central Virginians Participate in Clean Commute Day

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Friday, Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) did its best to get people to kick cars to the curb - even just for a day.

People pushing Clean Commute Day were out on Charlottesville’s downtown mall giving people a little extra incentive to “go green.” CAT also offered free rides on all of its routes to entice people to use alternative transportation to cars.

Andrea Wieder is a frequent Charlottesville bus rider and pledges every year on Clean Commute Day. She says this year's improvements have made it even easier.

"The number four is a totally improved route this year, it makes it possible for me to go to Willoughby and do my food shopping at the Lion. This is a huge savings,” said Andrea K. Wieder, who pledged not to drive Friday.

Wieder says the biggest perk is not spending on gas.

"I can ride all day for 75 cents, that's a huge bonus, huge bonus, plus it's good for the Earth, right?” said Wieder.

Others simply took Friday to enjoy the weather and teach their family about environmentally friendly practices.

Deborah Barry walked her children to school.

"We do it for the environment to try and not, you know, have the emissions from the car, but also because it's fun for the kids and get them out in the fresh air,” said Deborah Barry, UVA research associate.

In addition to CAT, the JAUNT bus service and ride share helped promote awareness.

JAUNT Executive Director Donna Shaunesey says the partnership lets people see how many transportation options they really have.

"Some people can use one form of transportation, like may carpool, or they may not be able to carpool, but they can ride JAUNT or they can ride CAT, so it's great to see the wealth of possibilities that are out there,” said Shaunesey.

She hopes that ultimately their efforts will make Charlottesville a better place to live.

"Anything we can do to keep more cars off the road and also to keep the air cleaner and it would be better for everybody,” said Shaunesey.

As an added incentive to go green, CAT was raffling off a round trip to New York on Amtrak and a gift card to whole foods for people who made the pledge.

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