Carefree, Car-free

written by Jillian Brooks

While the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area ranks as one of the most congested urban areas in the country, employees at GFF are finding ways to get out of their cars and back into the City.  GFFers have multiple ways of getting around, from the historic McKinney Avenue Trolley to the newly implemented dock-less bikeshare program that has debuted in Dallas in the last year.  Employees who have ditched their cars, or never had one to begin with, tend to use a combination of ways to get to work.  Some employees walk, ride their own bikes, or carpool and bikeshare as their schedule requires.  The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) allows them to access farther destinations, like DFW airport, and is easy to schedule and pay through their GoPass app.  The D-link bus in downtown connects the Arts District, West End, Convention Center and recently remodeled Farmer’s Market.  It runs every 15 minutes and is completely free.

This year to celebrate and foster a reduction in car usage, AIA’s Communities by Design committee is implementing a Ditch Your Car Day.  On March 22nd, participants are encouraged to document their car-free day using social media hashtag #ditchyourcarDFW and document their travel throughout the day.  Any alternative means of transportation is encouraged.  At the end of the day participants are going to come together outside the future home of AIA Dallas (325 N. St. Paul) at 6pm, and then head to nearby Café Izmir for Happy Hour.

In a city where the car often seems like a second home to many, people are finding new and creative ways to get around the gridlock and enjoy the beauty that our city has to offer.  Walking to work this morning I passed the downtown Baptist church right as their fountain show started, then passed the Dallas Museum of Art with its Jane Magnolias in full bloom, and strolled slowly through a serene Klyde Warren Park as the sun rose.  I couldn’t ask for a better start to my day.