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Boston -- September 16, 2011 -- The Patrick-Murray Administration is encouraging residents to leave their cars in the driveway and try bicycling, walking, public transit, carpooling, or vanpooling, for Massachusetts Car-Free Week, September 18-24. Massachusetts joins over 1,000 cities in 40 countries across the globe in an effort to showcase the community and environmental benefits of reducing the number of vehicles on the road.
“Massachusetts Car-Free Week enhances the GreenDOT mission by raising awareness about the environmental benefits of reducing vehicle emissions in our communities,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey. “I am pleased to be a part of a statewide event that recognizes the importance using green travel options to create a healthier and more sustainable Commonwealth.”
MassDOT’s participation in Massachusetts Car-Free Week supports GreenDOT, a comprehensive environmental responsibility and sustainability initiative of MassDOT. GreenDOT calls for MassDOT to incorporate sustainability into all of its activities, from strategic planning to project design and construction to system operation. The GreenDOT policy initiative includes greenhouse gas reduction targets mandated under the Global Warming Solutions Act, signed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2008. This law requires an economy-wide 2020 emissions reduction mandate of 25 percent, the first step toward a required 80 percent reduction by 2050. The transportation sector generates more than one-third of the total greenhouse gas emissions produced in Massachusetts.
Every September 22, cities and towns around the world come together to promote car-free travel. World Car-Free Day began in Europe and has quickly spread to communities globally as a way to promote the environmental, financial, community, and health benefits of using public transportation, carpooling, bicycling, and walking. Several U.S. cities hold events on World Car-Free Day; however, no other state in the nation has proclaimed a statewide Car-Free Day celebration. This year, Massachusetts will be celebrating an entire week of going Car-Free.
For more information about GreenDOT and for transportation news and updates visit the MassDOT website, www.mass.gov/massdot, blog: www.mass.gov/blog/transportation, or follow MassDOT on twitter at www.twitter.com/massdot.