This is part of a series of updates from the Mayor addressing various topics of interest to the citizens of Little Rock.
Message from the Mayor
Mayor’s Car-Free Challenge
I would like to invite you to join me in the 3rd Annual Mayor’s Car-Free Challenge where I, along with many citizens, will give up the use of our cars for a week!
The challenge is Monday, October 7th through Sunday, October 13th. Our Car-Free Challenge will kick off on Sunday, October 6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with a Safety and Learning Fair at the River Market West Pavilion and will culminate with a drawing for prizes at Bernice Garden located at 1401 South Main Street at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 13th.
I know you’re thinking “I can’t do that!” But please realize you can walk, bike, ride the bus, hitch a ride with a friend or any combination of these alternative forms of transportation. You can even cheat a little if you must.
It’s easy to participate and even win prizes. Just print out a scorecard at http://www.littlerock.org/mayorsoffice/taskforces/lr-sustainability.aspx to keep track of your daily activities. You can also register your participation on Twitter by using #CarFreeLR. You can enter the drawing for prizes by turning in your scorecard at Bernice Garden on Sunday, October 13 or by using #CarFreeLR.
This challenge is important to our community because of both the health benefits and the environmental impact. Walking or biking to work is a great way to add exercise to your day and it serves as a helpful example to our children of how to live a healthy lifestyle. There are also many positive environmental impacts from walking, biking and carpooling. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, leaving your car at home two days a week can reduce your carbon emissions by two tons a year. By making small changes in our lives, we can make a big change in our impact on the environment.
Please join me in this challenge! Thank you.
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