East Enders Being Asked to Go Car-Free on Friday

Drivers on the East End are being asked to go car-free and use mass transit, bicycle, or telecommute on Friday.

The fifth annual Car Free Day Long Island encourages commuters to use mass transit, carpool, use bicycles, walk, telecommute, or just drive less. People in more than 2,400 cities and 51 countries take part in Car Free Day. The idea is to reduce traffic, conserve energy, reduce harmful emissions, improve fitness, reduce parking problems, and save money.

More than 6,100 Long Islanders have taken the pledge. In 2016, just over 4,000 people on Long Island pledged to be car-free or "car lite," which saved an estimated 84,000 miles of driving and 42 tons of CO2 emissions.

Participants are eligible to win raffle prizes including commuter bikes, gift cards, transit passes, and theater tickets.

The Car Free Day Long Island website can be visited to take part. 

County Legislator Bridget Fleming will tour Suffolk's transit buses on Friday by riding on two of the three year-round bus routes on the South Fork, the S92 and the 10B.