September 22 is World Car Free Day, an annual event when participants around the world set aside their car keys and find alternative methods for getting to work. This annual observance goes back to the 1970s, and gained more ground in the 1990s to coincide with the European Union’s “In Town Without My Car” campaign.
I personally like to walk everywhere I can, but this got me to thinking whether there could be more creative ways of getting around, and I took to searching our collections for some ideas!
You could take the traditional walking option…
Or perhaps you prefer to ride your bike, with child and pup in tow!
You might like to roll around on roller blades:
Or maybe your taste for alternative transportation is a bit more adventurous, and you decide to go the equestrian route…
Or maybe join together with friends and ride off in a carriage:
So how are you going to get around on World Car Free Day?
- Would you ride the train, instead? Check out images of these folks commuting between Westport, Connecticut and New York City in the fall, 1941.
- Excited by the horses as an idea for getting around? See a selection of images from our collections of horseback riders.
- Skeptical about your skate skills? Look back at a previous blog post about roller skating.
- Or perhaps you want to read more about the balance needed for biking, in another previous post.