No Car, Low Car, Whoa Car Challenge

6 years 3 months 1 week ago September 03, 2010 Sep 3, 2010 Friday, September 03 2010 Friday, September 03, 2010 3:44:25 AM CDT in News
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COLUMBIA - The Ped Net Coalition has a huge challenge for all Columbia residents for the month of September. 

Imagine biking or walking instead of using a car to get around Columbia.

Twelve-year-old Tomas Hopkins is participating  in the challenge.

To him, biking is just something fun to do before and after class.

"We bike to school, it basically, we follow each other, we try to keep pace with the slowest person," said Hopkins.

Nearly one hundred residents are participating in the challenge that started September 1st.

"We're going to try not to ride in a car or drive a car the whole month of September, " said Virginia Muller.

The challenge can be broken down into three stages.

The no car stage encourages residents not to ride any motor powered vehicle for the month of September.

The low car stage allows one weekend for private transportation, and the whoa car challenge allows a car ride one day a week.

Virginia Muller said biking cuts down on the time she has to spend at the gym.

"Getting exercise woven in to the day with worry about it, without, you know,really thinking about it. I don't have to go buy a gym membership and take some hour out the day to go to the gym. I just ride my bike to work and ride the kids to school," said Muller.

There's other incentives too. People who participate get discounts to several local businesses and a free bus pass for the month.

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