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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

In Other Words: Celebrate Car Free Day September 22 at the Farmers Market

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Car Free Day is an international event celebrated every September 22 where people are encouraged to get around without cars. People are encouraged to ride their bikes or ride public transportation, carpool, vanpool, walk, or telecommute. This is the first year that Car Free Day is celebrated in the Greater Cincinnati area and Fort Thomas plans to participate. 

The annual celebration began in the mid-1990s as a way to raise environmental awareness regarding transportation and is now celebrated in over 3,100 cities in over 50 countries. Some cities organize parties, encourage bike picnics, or even running errands using your bike. The key benefit is a day with less traffic congestion, a greener environment, and reduced energy use. And as we saw last year during the lockdown, there was noticeable  uptick in air purity when there were fewer cars on the road.

You may even have noticed an increase in the number of students cycling to and from school as well as a number of organized rides through the city. You don’t need a high-tech bike and you don’t need the clothes or special shoes. All you need is a bicycle to enjoy the health benefits. Just get on your bike and take a spin around the neighborhood or pedal to a local restaurant or business. Or go to one of the local bike trails at Lunken airport or the Loveland bike trail or A J Jolly park. It’s a pleasant way to see the world and get some exercise.

The Cincinnati Off Road Alliance (CORA) and the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy (FTFC) and bike vendors will display at the Farmers Market on September 22. You will be able to pick up maps outlining local hiking trails. There will also be a community bike ride and a pop-up bike maintenance shop. So be sure to stop by to chat.

Fort Thomas is already a vibrant and energetic community and celebrating  this day only enriches the possibilities. Slow down. Enjoy the view. Help yourself and the planet. 

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