I was just chatting with a friend of mine about the air quality in China — trust me, this relates — and how while she was there it was rare to see blue skies. She was in Beijing, but they had closed the factories for two weeks for some reason. This was interesting to me because I had been to Hong Kong and Shanghai and didn’t have a problem with pollution or breathing (or I didn’t notice it at least). But apparently in Beijing, usually the air quality is terrible. Maybe in New York or Los Angeles there is a pollution problem, and I’m sure DC has some with all the traffic we have here, but I haven’t noticed personally, but talking to her just made me think about air quality and how we are lucky to not have to think about it as much as other cities or countries, and we need to keep it that way!
Every time I’m walking the dog or running and a car goes by I literally hold my breath. Yes, seriously. I don’t want to breathe all of that in! I think that mass transit is awesome and we should all try to take it when possible to cut down on single car rides.
It’s funny because growing up in Kansas City, unless you live right next to your job or in a certain area really close to restaurants and such, you would never walk anywhere. Even if it’s a few blocks away, most people drive everywhere! That was totally me until I moved to DC, now I look for opportunities to walk almost anywhere just because I prefer to (depending on the weather). But honestly I don’t let the weather stop me all the time either. It’s how I justify my cute rain boots, or winter boots! Why have nice winter/rain boots if you are never out in the rain/snow!?!
Car Free Day is always on September 22nd, so if you want to help with not only cleaner air but also creating less traffic (wouldn’t we all love that), take the pledge to do Car Free Day on either Friday, September 21 and/or Saturday, September 22! If you ride with other people in a car (car pool or van pool — that counts as Car Lite!). If you already don’t use a car — then you can still pledge which enters you to win some prizes.
Luckily in DC we have so many Car Free or Car Lite options — walking, biking, the Metro, buses, and even car pooling with others counts! Even work from home! Such a good excuse to give your boss for a telework day! Tell your friends about it too!
I live really close to a Metro station and use it often when going into the city. I hate dealing with traffic and parking. I also enjoy walking as much as possible and riding my bike. I’ll be taking the pledge, you should too!
Photos by Emma Weiss
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