Hudson Valley goes car free for the day

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Today is Car Free Day in the Hudson Valley.

Car Free Day is a national initiative designed to get people thinking about the environment and encourage alternatives to driving, including using mass transit, biking or carpooling.

Last year was the first time they tried Car Free Day in the Hudson Valley and according to local lawmakers more than 1,500 commuters traveled sustainably.

The goal is for people to think outside the box and get creative when they're trying to get around and to understand there are alternatives to driving your car. "Most of us have a long list of things to do on the weekend, the bank, post office, to get your hair done, and if you can figure out how to reduce the number of trips with someone, or walk, just to be more conscious," says Westchester County Executive George Latimer.

The County Department of Public Works and Transportation SMART Commute Program are sponsoring the event in Westchester County.

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