2019 CarFree Challenge
Back to Cool: Fridays for a Car-Lite Future
The 2019 campaign builds off of FridaysForFuture September 20th international student-led climate event, and invites schools, parents, students, teachers - and the general public - to go car free or car-lite each Friday in September. Participants will be encouraged to either carpool, bike, walk, or take the bus on Fridays during the month of September. The Campaign will also encourage drivers to reduce their speed - “If You Have to Drive, Drive 25!”
The Campaign - like previous goNHgo September CarFree Challenges - will encourage New Haven residents to explore transportation options that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve public health, and create safer streets.
What is the CarFree Challenge?
The CarFree Challenge is goNewHavengo's annual month-long event to support movement towards healthier transportation options by individuals and organizations. Through the 2018 Challenge we are looking at the role art and design play in creating effective alternative regional transportation networks through a series of events (see calendar below).
In past years Challenge participants were rewarded for every sustainable trip they took during September, including telecommuting, walking, biking, car/vanpooling, and taking the bus or train (trips taken solely for exercise do not count). We used CTrides Commuter Rewards (NuRide) to track trips taken, carbon dioxide emissions avoided, vehicle miles avoided, calories burned, and transportation costs saved. In addition to the deals and discounts users are eligible for through NuRide, goNewHavengo rewards participants based on September results. We awarded prizes based on two main categories: individuals and organizations.
The 2018 CarFree Challenge included:
Launch Event at City Hall, Thursday, August 30, 11:30 am, including presentation of new You Can Get There From Here Map, which communicating the range of healthy transportation options available to reach any part of the region. Also include Live! CarFree street art installations and public street chalking on healthy transportation. The new map will be installed in libraries, stores, and community organizations.
Transportation on Tap, Tuesday, September 11, 6-8pm. BAR. “Art & Motion; Exploring the Creative Connection between Commuting & Art"
Park(ing) Day Lunch-time Event at Grand Avenue "Urban Canopy" Parklet, Friday, September 21, 12 noon. In front of 379 Grand Avenue. The event will celebrate anniversary of goNewHavengo Parklet Design Competition and Park(ing) Day. There will be other Park(ing) Day installations throughout the city. Info here.
Yale faculty and staff offices are racing for the most Live! Car-Free! Pledges. This year, the Yale Office of Sustainability will reward the Yale office that has the most pledges in the month of September with a delicious surprise. Yale University encourages the use of active and shared transportation to reduce congestion and improve the environment.
Live CarFree Street Art Installations, various locations throughout month.
Yale Office of Sustainability Scavenger Hunt and Live! CarFree Pledge recruitment. September 8-14. Yale first years are being introduced to living car-free during the annual Sustainability Scavenger Hunt. This will help them develop healthy and environmentally friendly habits for their time in New Haven.