For the month of September, the PedNet Coalition is challenging residents to use their cars as little as possible.
Participants in the No Car, Low Car and Whoa! Car Challenge, which began Wednesday, can choose between three levels of participation—either using no car for the entire month, using a car just for one weekend during the month or using a car for one day per week.
So far, more than 80 people have signed up for the challenge.
The city is currently in the process of making its roads more suitable for cyclists and pedestrians.
In 2009, the Federal Highway Administration launched a pilot program in Columbia to see if it was possible to make the roads in the city more bike and pedestrian friendly. Through the program, Columbia received $25 million to complete renovations.
Bicycle-friendly changes are also being made by the Columbia Parks and Recreation pedway project, which is beginning construction on a sidewalk for cyclists and pedestrians Tuesday along Old 63 between Hinkson Creek and Stadium Boulevard.
Do you think it’s possible to be completely car-free in Columbia?