Public and private groups will be pushing pedal power, public transit and a city with fewer cars during Central Ohio Car Free Day on Thursday, Sept. 22.

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"With Car Free Day, we're trying to get people out of their personal vehicle - walk, ride a bike, carpool, ride the bus," said Elizabeth Berkemer, spokesperson for COTA. "We're really out there to get them to just try it for one day. They'll see how easy it is to make that lifestyle change."

The event will combine Car Free Day and Park(ing) Day -- two related events celebrated separately in previous years. COTA will release new promotional videos about riding the bus, and a handful of groups will create small parks in parking spaces to envision how Columbus would look with fewer cars. Other activities are planned.