Go Car Free on September 22



From www.sunrideshare.org:

Tucson will again join in the celebration for World Car Free Day onSeptember 22. Sun Rideshare and Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) promote Car Free Day in an effort to get area drivers to leave their cars at home and try an alternative mode of transportation. Alternative transportation reduces pollution, traffic congestion, and energy consumption, as well as promotes a more active, healthy lifestyle.

This year participants will qualify for the prize drawings by logging in their car free trips in the Sun Rideshare Travel Calendar.  Only one car free trip is needed to possibly win 

  • E-reader
  • Gift cards: (2) $100, (1) $50
  • Sun Rideshare gift package

All trips must be logged in by 8:00 am on September 23 to qualify for the prize drawing.  All trips logged will also earn points in the Sun Rideshare Rewards Program.

Carolyn’s note: as a person who walks, rides a bicycle, also takes the Sun Tran bus and now the new Sun Link modern streetcar, I encourage those of you who can, to please leave the car home tomorrow and try alternative means of transport. Try to walk to your errand if it’s close by, instead of jumping into your car which could be by just a habit. Observe the environment and interesting people as you stroll by and enjoy your healthy walk and exercise.

And carpooling counts today.  How about more ride share bulletin boards for people to sign up for carpooling to a certain activity daily, weekly, monthly (i.e grocery shopping, movie night, etc.)  We Tucsonans are very dependent on our vehicles.

Go car free tomorrow!

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


  1. I just biked a mile or so, and will take the Sun Link streetcar later. How about you readers? Update:Noticed a lot of people walking, bicycling, skateboarding, riding the bus and streetcar today, as alternatives to driving the car. I jumped on & off Sun Link a # of times to do errands.

  2. This is why republicans get 70% of the white vote in arizona people are afraid democratic party is anti car when they are not being anti gun! This is not the way to get people to vote democrat!

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