April is Car-free Month

Employees and students are encouraged to try different forms of alternative transportation to campus

Employees and students at Washington University in St. Louis are encouraged to find new ways to get to campus during April, which is Car-free Month.

“Maybe that means trying out a park-and-ride option once a week to learn how long it takes to use MetroLink. Or maybe it means cleaning up your bike and riding to campus when the weather’s nice,” said Alternative Transportation Coordinator Andy Heaslet. “The point is to take the time to learn what your car-free options really are and then to try them out.”

Employees who are unsure of their options are encouraged to write Heaslet for a personal transportation consultation.

This year’s Car-free Month features free bike tune-ups and a self-guided Metro scavenger hunt to the South Grand neighborhood. New this spring is the inaugural Bikes in Bowles Block Party featuring bike games, a bike fashion show, tune-up training from BikeWorks, activities from student groups Do One Thing and SWAP, free food, KWUR disc jockeys and more.

To sign up for the challenge, join a team, start your own, or let administrators help you find a team, just visit visit here. Sign up there, then create an account with Trailnet’s ShiftYourCommute.com website to log your car-free commutes through the month. For a full list of events and a summary of the challenge rules, awards and events, visit here.