The Ditch the Car Challenge encourages participants to track their trips, earn badges, win prizes, and explore the region for a summer of fun.
ALBANY, NY June 3, 2022 – The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) is hosting the second annual Ditch the Car Challenge beginning this Saturday, June 4th and continuing until September 9th. The program highlights the many ways you can go about your daily routine without driving alone in a car such as bicycling, walking, carpooling, riding the bus, or using CDTA’s on-demand service, FLEX.
“With gas prices being so high, there is no better time to try other ways to move around the region,” Executive Director Sandy Misiewicz said. “The trip logging feature of the Ditch the Car website was popular last year, and a number of users continued to log their trips well after the challenge ended for convenience and fun.”
The Challenge website presents a ranking of all participants based on the number of logged trips. Participants can earn badges based on the number of trips and the number of travel options they’ve tried. Four special County Explorer Badges will be offered that call attention to some of the newer and lesser-known ways to get around in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties.
Participants can enter to win fun prizes when they tag a picture of their trip on social media with the hashtag #518DitchTheCar. See www.cdtcmpo.org/DitchTheCar for more information and to sign up.
The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga (except the Town of Moreau and the Village South Glens Falls) and Schenectady. CDTC facilitates a transportation planning process as required by federal law and supported with federal funding.
# # #