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Ditch the car: This week, learn about alternative transportation options

Monday, Sept. 18 through Friday, Sept. 22, Nashville celebrates Transportation Demand Management Week.

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This week is Transportation Demand Management Week.

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Listen, we know that Nashville isn’t the most public transit-friendly city in the world — but that doesn’t mean that it’s not working to improve.

This week, the city will celebrate Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Week, where locals, organizations, and businesses can learn more about embracing alternative travel options (think: walking, biking, taking buses, and even carpooling).

What is TDM Week?

Transportation Demand Management Week was created by the Association for Commuter Transportation to spur awareness for the importance of safe, reliable alternative modes of transportation among elected officials, transportation departments, and transit + planning agencies.

The goal here in Nashville? Utilizing alternative transportation options to reduce traffic congestion (we’re here for this one), improve air quality, and enhance residents’ overall quality of life.

How to participate

First and foremost: If you’re up for it, take the pledge to go car-free this week for the chance to win an e-bike, transit passes, or movie passes. Register here + track a trip through the app to be entered to win. Check out our tips for going gasless.

You can also attend one of these free events (just make sure to pre-register):

  • WeGo Travel Training Lunch & Learn | Monday, Sept. 18 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St. | Enjoy free lunch and learn how to take public transit on WeGo buses and the WeGo Star train.
  • Bike Safety Lunch & Learn | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Baker Building, 110 21st Ave. S. | Join the Nashville Connector and Vanderbilt University for this bike safety class with a free lunch — stick around for a short bike ride.
  • TDM Summit | Friday, Sept. 22 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | Nissan Stadium, 1 Titans Way | Learn about transportation demand management and how else you can get involved.
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