The Alternative Travel Project - Go car FREE for just ONE day!

submission by ATP

About Your Organization

Organization name(s):

The Alternative Travel Project

Organization website:

www.alternativetravelproject.com

Organization Twitter handle:

@ALTravelproject

Organization Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/GoCARfree

Organization Instagram:

instagram.com/ALTRAVELPROJECT

Describe your organization (check only one):

Nonprofit organization

For-profit organization

Government

Individual

Please describe yourself (check only one):

Solo actor (just us on this project!)

Proposed collaboration (we want to work with partners!)

Collaboration (partners are signed up and ready to hit the ground running!)

In one sentence, please describe your idea or project.

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The ATP project will guide Angelenos toward making car-free travel choices through surveys, analyses, education and inspiration.

IN ONE SENTENCE, PLEASE DESCRIBE WHAT YOUR ORGANIZATION DOES.

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The Alternative Travel Project (ATP) is an initiative that encourages people to go car-free for just one day.

Does your project impact Los Angeles County? Check only one.

Yes (benefits all of LA County)

Yes (benefits a region of LA County)

Yes (benefits a population of LA County)

No

Please write a sample tweet to describe your submission.

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YOU can help LA save 22 million gallons of gas & cut CO2 emissions by 200,000 tons! #GOcarFREE for one day & help shape our future

Which area(s) of LA does your project benefit? Check all that apply.

Central LA

East LA

South LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South Bay

Westside

Other:

WHAT IS YOUR IDEA/PROJECT IN MORE DETAIL?

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The Alternative Travel Project encourages people to volunteer days outside the bubble of their cars & find new ways to travel.
We believe that the steps an individual takes toward alternative travel, even for a single day, can have local, regional & global impact. While cars are often a necessary part of our modern existence, they don't have to be a part of our every day.
Our project involves an awareness campaign & surveys of the attitudes and users of ‘alternative’ methods of travel in LA. We will collaborate with CicLAvia during 3 events, and feedback our results through videos and an app developed to track ATPers activity.
The future we envision for 2050 is for LA to be a city where car-free travel is the norm, not the exception.

What will you do to implement this idea/project?

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During 3 CicLAvia events we will share information on the Alternative Travel options that are available across Los Angeles. We will survey participants on their awareness of car-free travel to gauge the level of consciousness amongst the city’s residents.

By taking a baseline survey at the December 2014 CicLAvia event, and repeating the process at the March & May 2015 events, we can measure the impact of our efforts with a group of Angelenos who are likely to have a fairly high perception & positive view towards Alternative Travel.

We will also undertake two surveys within the Arts District, as part of a neighborhood pilot where transit connections are being improved, and redevelopment in housing and business is growing. This area is a great example of a neighborhood where the walkability is high, access to transit is good and there are plans to improve it even further.

We will speak with residents and local businesses twice during the course of the year; using results from these surveys as a comparison to the information collected during CicLAvia – where the majority of individuals already somewhat embrace ATP.

In response to our awareness campaign, we hope to gather stories highlighting the positive impact of an ATP lifestyle, and find out if, over the course of the year, more participants choose to take the Open Streets model into their everyday lives.

Can we encourage the ‘CicLAvia only’ cyclist/walker/metro user to replicate a multi-modal lifestyle for some everyday journeys?

Alongside data collection, we will expand the information provided on our website, & produce two new videos to encourage and inspire ATP action within Los Angeles, & around the world. We will also develop a smartphone app for participants to track their ATP mileage – allowing us to build a regional & global view of our impact in terms of CO2 saved, miles traveled and calories burned. This information will feed into a page on our website to be shared worldwide.

HOW WILL YOUR IDEA/PROJECT HELP MAKE LA THE BEST PLACE TO CONNECT TODAY? IN 2050?

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Traveling car-free for just ONE day, will bring people into closer contact with all that the city has to offer. It will increase foot and bike traffic to the local community and create an opportunity to discover new people and places. By bringing people face to face with their neighbors and local businesses, they are more likely to frequent the walkable area surrounding their homes and choose to invest more in their own community. Alternative Travel also brings a sense of togetherness and connection with fellow passengers. Where drivers only see those around them as traffic and a source of stress, travel by public transit, walking & cycling humanizes the journey and our fellow citizens.

Los Angeles is filled with distinctive challenges when it comes to travel, and is known as ‘car-centric’ and for its ‘horrific traffic.’
ATP plans a different future perception of the city. By encouraging a culture shift in how we travel in LA and working with mainstream media and the raconteurs of our city to export this lifestyle, we can create a new, more positive LA story.

Today’s reality is that huge improvements in infrastructure have been made in recent years, but despite this vast change in the availability of public transportation, so many residents are still unaware of the possibilities on their own doorstep. ATP will make car-free travel in LA ‘hip’, it will help to break down the stigma attached to taking the bus and highlight the benefits of leaving the car at home.

By shifting people’s attitude to car-free travel, demand will naturally rise, and in turn this will lead to higher frequency services, a safer system, and quicker journeys

Through our website, videos and social media, we will provide information on the news and services of agencies and non-profits working to improve travel infrastructure. ATP will be a one-stop-shop for information on all car-free travel in Los Angeles and inspire our community to get involved in shaping the future of the city and how we move.

Let’s experiment by going car-free for just one day in 2014; let’s empower the citizens of Los Angeles in 2050 to embrace car-free living as a rule, rather than an exception.

WHOM WILL YOUR PROJECT BENEFIT? PLEASE BE SPECIFIC.

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Our project will benefit Angelenos who are unaware or nervous about the opportunities for walking, cycling or taking transit in their city. It will also benefit the County of Los Angeles in attracting new talent amongst the millennial generation who place a high value on transit availability.

According to a Transport for America study: 54% of millennials surveyed say they would consider moving to another city if it had more and better options for getting around, and 66% say that access to high quality transportation is one of the top three criteria in considering deciding where to live next. "This survey reinforces that cities that don't invest in effective transportation options stand to lose out in the long-run," says Michael Myers, a managing director at The Rockefeller Foundation.

We don’t want LA to lose out by 2050!

Our project will also benefit LADOT, Metro and their current users, by providing a positive, vibrant and exciting perspective on commuting by transit. We will work with the agencies to break down the stigma associated with transit in LA & empower their customers to appreciate their contribution to improving air quality, road traffic, social cohesion, and their own health.

By providing a fun, fresh and engaging view of LA’s ATP options, we aim to create new customers for transit, walking and cycling, and a platform to receive feedback on how the service works for those leaving their cars at home for the first time.

Despite its reputation as a car-centric city, 80% of LA County residents live within walking/biking distance (3 miles) of the frequent transit system, and the LA County MTA carries over 1.46 million passengers per day – the second highest in the country after New York City! This fact is a huge surprise to most locals and we want to help to change that by bringing more people to public transit options.

As we learn more about the motivations to embrace or avoid alternative travel across Los Angeles, we can begin to further understand how the infrastructure can better service its customers and increase its value to the population of LA.

Please identify any partners or collaborators who will work with you on this project.

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Collaboration with like-minded organizations is integral to ATP. Much of the information we share with our supporters includes best practice examples, opportunities for involvement in community campaigns, and notice of events being held by other organizations.

In addition, we have been able to meet and share ideas with a variety of partners; including CicLAvia, LA County Bicycle Coalition, the Mayor’s Office, Metro, LADOT, Safe Routes to School & LA Walks.
Collaboration with CicLAvia will include a physical presence at their events. CicLAvia will provide tent space at one of the hubs along their route, as well as promotion of our project. During these events we will invite Metro & LA DOT to share information on local transit options.

We will invite participants to join our community by volunteering car-free days between CicLAvia events & encourage supporters to share their stories, tips & triumphs with us via social media.
Collaboration with CicLAvia is confirmed, and we have worked with them at two previous events. CicLAvia benefits our project by bringing a huge audience, already familiar with Alternative Travel. Factors critical to the success of this collaboration are that we ensure enough volunteers to undertake the survey aspect, provide a welcoming booth to encourage people to visit us, and have a robust survey in place. We will ask participants to sign up to a mailing list so that we are able to follow up at a later date with the same group.
Within our ‘ATP lifestyle’ neighborhood pilot area in the Arts District, we hope to work with local retailers, theHUB community of impact professionals, LA Clean Tech Incubator, GenesisLA & the Little Tokyo Services Center as well as the property developers creating new living spaces in the area. These collaborations are not confirmed, but we are in the process of introducing our project to these organizations. Success in the Arts District relies upon listening to what is important to the local people and understanding how ATP can benefit their neighborhood.
To carry out these surveys we would like to collaborate with the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA – their Institute for Transportation Studies would be a huge asset in assisting us with survey work & data analysis. This collaboration is not yet confirmed, though our collaborator CicLAvia is already working with the Luskin School & other UCLA researchers on several related projects, making this a natural partnership with the school.

How will your project impact the LA2050 "CONNECT" metrics?

Rates of volunteerism

Voting rates by race

Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support

Median travel time to work

Attendance at cultural events

Number of public transit riders

Participation in neighborhood councils

Percentage of Angelenos that volunteer informally (Dream Metric)

Government responsiveness to residents’ needs (Dream Metric)

Transit-accessible housing and employment (the share of housing units and percentage of jobs that are located within a half-mile of transit) (Dream Metric)

Total number of social media friends (Dream Metric)

Attendance at public/open street gatherings (Dream Metric)

Residential segregation (Dream Metric)

Access to free wifi (Dream Metric)

Other:

Please elaborate on how your project will impact the above metrics.:

Los Angeles is currently experiencing the beginnings of a travel renaissance. Its citizens are beginning to look toward an alternative to their cars. Through collaborations with advocates across the city we aim to catalyze a tipping point in this culture shift. In sharing local and international success stories we aim to increase awareness of the benefits of car-free travel, and encourage a greater demand for the infrastructure to support such options.

The ‘CONNECT’ metrics that will be most greatly influenced by our project are the number of public transit riders, and transit-accessible housing & employment. Both goals are direct aims of our organization, which is to inform & inspire people to travel car-free.

We hope to encourage development of an ATP community within LA who will create a greater demand for access to public transit; and we will work with LA County and its transit agencies to implement this infrastructure for their citizens. This ties in with the metric to improve government responsiveness to residents' needs.

In addition, our message to ‘Get Involved’ in the decision making processes regarding access to transit, walking and cycling; coupled with our collaboration with CicLAvia, directly correlates with the metrics to encourage attendance at cultural events, participation in neighborhood councils, and attendance at public/open street gatherings.

PLEASE SELECT WHICH OTHER LA2050 GOALS ARE RELEVANT TO YOUR PROJECT OR ORGANIZATION (CHECK ALL THAT APPLY):

LA is the best place to LEARN

LA is the best place to CREATE

LA is the healthiest place to LIVE

LA is the best place to PLAY

PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW YOU WILL EVALUATE YOUR PROJECT.

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3 specific metrics possible from development of a phone app include measurement of:
Miles traveled
lbs of CO2 saved
Calories burned

These results will be shared on our website – providing feedback to the ATP society, and highlighting the positive impact of both their own individual energies, as well as the combined effect of the worldwide ATP effort.

Specifically to Los Angeles, we will measure changes in awareness and those taking part in ATP. This will be based on short, simple surveys carried out over three consecutive CicLAvia events, and twice within the Arts District area. We will question participants on their attitude and knowledge towards alternative travel in Los Angeles, and how this changes when they travel to other cities or countries. We will take note of ‘transplants’ to LA and how their travel lives changed upon becoming Angelenos.

We will request that participants taking the survey allow us to email them with the same questions six months later to track whether or not their opinion and participation in car-free travel changes after learning of the project.

Sample Questions:
Closest ATP option to home
How often do you use ATP (once a week/month/year/never)
Do you have a TAP card? Yes/no
Does your business / apartment complex provide bike furniture/showers
Perception of walking/cycling in LA on a normal day: definitely/likely/maybe/never
Perception of car-free travel in LA positive/negative/indifferent/unaware
Would you be more likely to ATP in another city/country than LA?
What is preventing you from using car-free travel? Fear/unavailability of service/ time taken for similar journey/ nothing I am an ATPer already

Metric changes we can measure between surveys:
Change in % of those aware of ATP
Change in % of those using Alternative Travel options
Change in perception of car-free travel in Los Angeles
Change in infrastructure available

WHAT TWO LESSONS HAVE INFORMED YOUR SOLUTION OR PROJECT?

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ATP was founded as a response to personal experience. Our founder, Stana Katic moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. As a newcomer, with experience living in Chicago, Toronto and Europe she felt an immediate sense of isolation as a result of being stuck in her car while moving around the city. By making a decision to explore the city using alternative modes of transportation Stana found it possible to take in her new surroundings at a slower, more relaxed pace; to absorb the city from different perspective and most importantly, to escape the bubble of her car & truly engage with the city and it’s citizens.

ATP has since received similar stories of social connection from Los Angeles and from around the world. Couples who met on the bus and eventually married; schools taking up the challenge to travel car-free on Fridays, favorite spots discovered while walking to work, health benefits from switching a commute to cycling – and a global community of followers who have embraced the project, and one another.

Another lesson from our four years of existence as a small organization is the value of joining forces with similar organizations in order to expand our audience and inspire our supporters to get more involved in their own communities.

Collaboration allows us to share specific campaigns that improve the access and safety of alternative methods of travel. We plan to produce a new video during late 2014 encouraging ATPers to take this next step with us, from volunteering their own car-free days, to becoming involved in advocacy campaigns that improve conditions for ATP and support growth of the movement in their local area.

Explain how implementing your project in the next twelve months is an achievable goal.

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Our current supporters span the globe and have already inspired some grassroots activities in several other countries. Locally we have generated interest from local agencies in Los Angeles through attendance at community meetings and seminars, involvement in the CicLAvia press conference on two occasions, participation in the Music Center & Grand Park ‘Earth Day 2014’ event, and exploratory meetings with some of the city’s leaders in Alternative Travel advocacy and infrastructure.

LA is at a tipping point, with a growing number of residents looking for an alternative to their cars as their only means of transport. Increasing levels of traffic, and growth of the public transit and bicycle infrastructure are finally providing a real alternative to life stuck behind the wheel.

Based on our outreach to local organizations during 2014, ATP are now in a position to begin to drive forward our mission and begin this new phase. Implementation of this project is possible due to our continued relationship with CicLAvia, as well as a growing relationship with Metro and LADOT.

Our online platform is well developed and has a varied and committed audience that we are able to bring with us as we develop the organization and begin to collect our own data. The tools and personnel required to carry out data collection have been identified, and a group of professional advisors is in place to support the organization’s growth.

In practical terms, we are able to ‘piggy back’ onto a large and loved event, without the need for the expense or personnel required to host an event ourselves, but with the benefit of a large audience, already partaking in ‘alternative’ modes of transportation within a festival-like atmosphere.

Please list at least two major barriers/challenges you anticipate. What is your strategy for ensuring a successful implementation?

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One of the greatest barriers to growing the ATP community in Los Angeles is the perception of car-free travel and the link between cars and status. Travel without a car in LA is often seen as being a result of low socio-economic circumstance, rather than choice. Typically, attitudes in countries where multi-modal transportation is well developed, this is not the case. ‘People in the EU can see in their media that cycling is not done by cheap or poor people, that its done by people who value health, the community, the environment...It’s not something for those who have less power but more.’ Eljo Kamberaj – Ecovolis activist.

ATP will empower, inform and support those choosing to travel without their cars in Los Angeles; it will become the recognized lifestyle choice for the young professional, for kids traveling to school, and for artists seeking inspiration from their surroundings.

We want to create a vision of life outside the car as a positive and desirable experience, where café culture enlivens the streets, professionals enjoy a newspaper during their commute, where it’s possible to know your neighbors as your pass them daily on the sidewalk. We believe that the related effects of fostering such a community spirit will lead to improved local business, reduced crime, an increase in volunteering and other civic activities; including engagement in political decision making.

Using trans-media to share the benefits of living in this type of society, along with the obvious improvements to air quality, local traffic, public health and the environment, we aim to create a desire to not only join us in volunteering car-free days, but also in encouraging colleagues and friends to join in.

A second barrier to ATP success in Los Angeles is that people are often unaware of the Alternative Travel options that are now in place, or are nervous to use it for the first time. A trip by Metro and walking that could take 20 minutes longer than driving may dissuade many potential users, but in highlighting the importance of reducing road traffic, and sharing the benefits of alternative travel, we hope to shift that opinion so that supporters find the positive aspects of ATP rather than focusing on the fact that travel may require a little more planning than always taking the car. Sharing stories from ATPers across the globe we hope to shine a light on the opportunities for connection that ATP brings to a person’s day.

WHAT RESOURCES DOES YOUR PROJECT NEED? (CHECK ALL THAT APPLY)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)

Education/training

Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Discussion
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Love this global project!!!

by sofia.matarese
6 months ago

i'm in France and this project can be international !!!! go Stana !!!!

by christel.dida
12 months ago

I am from Spain and i think this project would wor internationally becouse this project is amazing.

by icube
over 1 year ago

I support this amazing program, not just for Stana, but for the environment. We can all add our little grain of sand in hopes of promoting a better lifestyle and diminishing our negative impact on the world's natural resources.

by maria.l.tinajero
over 1 year ago

I am from Stana's country Serbia and I support her in everything 100%, and I also support this program. I walk to school everyday anyway! :)

by katarinakajevic00
over 1 year ago

Go Stana!

by katarinakajevic00
over 1 year ago

I'm from uk and I think this project would wor internationally. I go ATP almost everyday. Good luck

by ellen.gambles
over 1 year ago

I really, really hope ATP wins because I genuinely believe it will truly be able to make a mark for the better where improving the environment is concerned. My support was, is and will always be with Stana! Best of luck SK and ATP!

by kklls
over 1 year ago

This project is amazing! ATP is a great idea! Always! I love and support this project! Stana you're amazing woman! Good luck from Poland!

by KateCastle
over 1 year ago

I do love the idea of this project. I just wish it would expand into other cities as well and maybe even rural areas.

by ShatteredRoses
over 1 year ago

I'm not from LA but I've been to LA many times since I used to live in La Jolla and I sincerely believe that LA is a very commutable/transitable (for lack of a better term) city using alternative modes of transportation other than using personal cars. Biking, walking, skate-boarding, and using public transit as a norm will definitely benefit the city and its populace. Kudos to the Alternative Travel Project for the information insemination to get people be aware of the alternative ways to get around.

by candypetrolle
over 1 year ago

I've always thought in the ideas that ATP promotes and since I know the project they have increased in me the desire to take the bike, go walking or take the public transport and leave aside the car.
I think they're doing great in LA and not only there, but globally.
The Alternative Travel Project help people to see the world in a different way, to be nice with our planet and be healthy with ourselves. And I really think they can make a different not only for us, but for future generations.
They deserve this.

by berta_always
over 1 year ago

I'm not from LA ,but I sincerely believe in this project. Fingers crossed!

by Knamankris
over 1 year ago

I believe in U!!!

by Thinoca28
over 1 year ago

My daughter takes public transportation and walk to get to work and home and she has been healthier because of it.

by GrandmaNory
over 1 year ago

My dad & brother work for public transit and it really does help the environment. If LA would participate in ATP the air quality would significantly improve.

by Jamistarme
over 1 year ago

I've been using public transportation all my life, even to work, and it works great. Where I live there's a snobbish conception that only poor people who don't own a car use public transportation. I wished there were more campaigns aimed to help people understand that by leaving your car at home even for one day and using public transportation you're taking care of your environtment, your health and saving money.

by JaAuAn
over 1 year ago

I don't have a car so I walk or take public transportation. I've lost 30 lbs walking.I also find walking good therapy for problem solving or just trying to clear my mind.of all the " junk" we accumulate.

by marian.foley.332
over 1 year ago

The Alternative Travel Project is not just a project anymore. Apart from the hard work I’ve seen these people do during these last years, I’ve come to the conclusion that ATPing has actually given a purpose to the day to day life.

I discovered the ATP around 3-4 years ago and ever since I don’t only have learnt the huge benefits of going car free for just one day, but I’ve also began to enjoy and have fun cycling, walking and using public transport.

Every time I go walking or cycling instead of going by car, I can get to discover the amazing places, views and people that my city hides between the streets. I’ve gotten to meet people and enjoy my rides while telling stories or talking about funny stuff, I’ve had the pleasure of living and witnessing funny and beautiful things. All of this wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t because of the Alternative Travel Project.

Don’t fool yourself thinking that going by car is not a big deal, because it is. The ATP has opened my mind and given me a picture of our future. These people working every single day to make this project work have given me the gift to be part of the change to something better.

They deserve to be voted by each of you.

by nereagomez93
over 1 year ago

The Alternative Travel Project is not just a project anymore. Apart from the hard work I’ve seen these people do during these last years, I’ve come to the conclusion that ATPing has actually given a purpose to the day to day life.

I discovered the ATP around 3-4 years ago and ever since I don’t only have learnt the huge benefits of going car free for just one day, but I’ve also began to enjoy and have fun cycling, walking and using public transport.

Every time I go walking or cycling instead of going by car, I can get to discover the amazing places, views and people that my city hides between the streets. I’ve gotten to meet people and enjoy my rides while telling stories or talking about funny stuff, I’ve had the pleasure of living and witnessing funny and beautiful things. All of this wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t because of the Alternative Travel Project.

Don’t fool yourself thinking that going by car is not a big deal, because it is. The ATP has opened my mind and given me a picture of our future. These people working every single day to make this project work have given me the gift to be part of the change to something better.

They deserve to be voted by each of you.

by nereagomez93
over 1 year ago

I'd rather be able to go car free EVERY day with the help of telecommuting and co-working spaces near public transportation hubs! That's not going to happen unless we get 100% of LA online.
http://myla2050connect.maker.good.is/projects/All_LA_online_faster

by jaredhardy
over 1 year ago

Just forgot : VOTE FOR ATP !!!!!

by KitKatUniSKNF
over 1 year ago

I ATP every day, morning and evening, I take the bus, the tramway, and I walk, and when I take the car, we are a lot into it :)
ATP changed my way of thinking, like first I didn't like to take the bus at all, but then I am amazed by all the stuff that we do each second to help our world.
I heard about it by the way of twitter and Castle fans that are my friends too and then I promote ATP at school and at home. I even did 2 presentations about it last year !
@KitKatUniSKNF

by KitKatUniSKNF
over 1 year ago

I voted for the Alternative Travel Project last week. Yesterday I convinced my brother and 2 of my neighbors to vote for the ATP also; the sale wasn’t very hard. The project sells itself.
I enthusiastically approve of and support the ATP initiative. In my opinion, it has laudable, attainable goals, is well conceived, thoroughly researched, has a solid infrastructure, and it’s simple: leave your car at home!!
Speaking from personal experience I know and appreciate the value of mass transit systems since I live in one of the worst and most congested gridlock areas in the country: the Baltimore – Washington corridor.
I commuted from Baltimore into Washington, DC for over 20 years using the MARC (Maryland Area Regional Commuter) train service and the metro system. Over the years I’ve developed an appreciation for the direct economic and time management benefits of mass transit commuting as well as reaping the health benefits of walking everywhere in DC. DC is a walker’s paradise!! I would love to see an ATP targeted for this area!! If we could empty even a quarter of the commuter vehicles in this area the environmental impact would be significant.
I thought you would find this interesting… Life itself has ATP, which is involved with the metabolic transfer of chemical energy at the cellular level. The biochemical definition of ATP is Adenosine triphosphate. It often referred to as the "molecular unit of currency" of intracellular energy transfer.1
The parallel is there. The Alternative Travel Project, although still in its embryonic stage, has the potential to be the genesis of a worldwide energy transfer of epic proportions. Here’s hoping you win the LA2050 award!!
1. Knowles JR (1980). "Enzyme-catalyzed phosphoryl transfer reactions". Annu. Rev. Biochem. 49: 877–919. doi:10.1146/annurev.bi.49.070180.004305. PMID 6250450

by Stormy1
over 1 year ago

ATP is such an amazingly well-conceived project. Removing yourself from the bubble of your car not only works to save the planet, it can re-introduce you to your city. Every step taken can improve your health and in turn can help give more days to benefit the planet. Fall in love with your city, all over again, help the planet and yourself! Vote for ATP!

by Linda_inDC
over 1 year ago

Last year, my first time in LA, car-free for 5 days.
Lots of walking, I only took the bus twice and metro once.
I remember I was in one area where there was a very small sidewalk or not at all.
It was a little uncomfortable, because the cars were too close. It was scary...

by andre80
over 1 year ago

Last year, my first time in LA, only for 5 days.
Lots of walking, I only took the bus twice and metro once.
I remember I was in one area where there was a very small sidewalk or not at all.
It was a little uncomfortable, because the cars were too close. It was scary...

by andre80
over 1 year ago

I will not repeat what Stana and everyone else have said about the good/positive change that ATP does to the environment, one's health, the community and consequently the world at large. But I do support this project - ALL THE WAY!

by LoveBubbles
over 1 year ago

#GoCarFee is a wonderful project that gives one person the power to make a global impact. I was raised in LA for much of my 27 years. Living in a big city has its many wonderful things, but getting from place A to place B was always a major headache - a what should have been a 10 minute drive usually turns out to be an half an hour trip, at least, because of road constructions and traffic. If more people take other methods of transit, traffic would greatly be reduced, people can get to places faster, and they'll get to enjoy the city's lively atmosphere more. On a bigger scale, if people ditch their cars, smog emissions would be greatly reduced - and LA severely needs it! There are a lot of work ahead for ATP to do because majority of LA still cling onto the ideology that one can't go anywhere without a car.

by afanng
over 1 year ago

Having spent time in LA ATPing it is a wonderful way to see places and is very cheap compared to transport costs here in UK. I never felt unsafe on public transport or on the streets, whatever time I was out and about, plus I received plenty of much needed exercise! This is a worthwhile initiative that should be encouraged, not only in LA but all over the world. Thank you for bringing this to the attention of people everywhere and I wish you well in your endeavours!

by susan.archer.54
over 1 year ago

è un bellissimo progetto, io aderisco pienamente,e cerco di coinvolgere quanto più amici possibile, è un bene per il nostro ambiente, la nostra salute, e in oltre si aderirà a uno stile di vita migliore........Stana è una donna davvero unica nelle scelte che fa, è unica come persona, la stimo moltissimo

by ALTravelproject
over 1 year ago

I love you Stana !

by tomoushie
over 1 year ago

This project very great, go car free!;) in Russia too!!!

by Nastya
over 1 year ago

Amazing project, go car free!

by Popo037
over 1 year ago

Going car free is so easy with ATP support. Thanks

by martine.ligat
over 1 year ago

The promise behind this project is enormous and it will be exciting to see the results with financial support from this contest. Best of luck!

by kftrainor
over 1 year ago

Would love to see a car free day in every major city ;)

by Arkitekten
over 1 year ago

It is a big project with a lot of work behind. The unconditional approach to the project and the support everyone around the world to participate in something as simple as not using the car for just one day is something that, not only in LA but the whole world, aware of all from very small the importance of this simple gesture can reach encompass.

by KynuChan
over 1 year ago

We need this nation wide not just in LA. It's such a small change fir just one day, and can do so much! That one day can lead to another and let it roll from there.

by Glo1196
over 1 year ago

It is good to know that we can contribute to a better environment just leaving our car for a day or a week in the year. Saving time, money and better health by using our feet to get from point A to point B.

by Gribouille70
over 1 year ago

Love it! Go car Free for one day !

by melissa.pozo.7
over 1 year ago

This is a great project. I love and support and add ATP. # GOcarFREE for just one day! Good luck from Brazil! :)

by RenataSchiavon
over 1 year ago

We love and support this project, always! Good luck from Romania!

by andre80
over 1 year ago

I used to live in L.A. in the 90s and back then it seemed hopeless to convince anybody to get out of their cars even for distances that could easily be covered on foot. Coming from Europe I never had a problem using public transportation but by doing so in L.A. I was often a subject to “eye rolling” and “poor choice” comments. I couldn’t be happier that all this seems to be changing. ATP project makes people aware how important it is to think outside the box, how little it takes to make a huge change for themselves, for the city they live in and for the future of the entire planet. With complex environmental problems the world is facing today initiatives such as ATP should get all the support they possibly can so I keep my fingers crossed for the win of LA2050!

by AniaNL
over 1 year ago

Atp'ing brings so many things on so many levels in your life as reducing Co2, using less gas (money saved), improving your health but also seeing your city in a different way, connecting to people easily which is a wealth.
It really changes the way you're living in a such an incredible way!!!
So do it, leave your car home one day, walk, bike, explore your city.

by julie.decout.7
over 1 year ago

Incredible project, fantastic ideas and amazing experiences. As a full time student, I've been going car free for the part 2 years aka "ATPing" and YES ATPing is now a verb in our community. I've been able to introduce "ATP" to my college community, family and friends. Proud to be a supporter of this project, I have been able to truly explore my city and community, meet new people and life long friends! Go car free JUST for ONE day, burst the bubble of your car and trust me, it will FUN! ;)

by JJyasi1367
over 1 year ago

As someone who resided in Los Angeles for ten years, I'm tremendously inspired by this project's dedication to fostering awareness in the community about its readily available alternative travel options. The city has made great strides in this arena since I left the area just a few years ago, and I only wish I'd been there to be a part of the positive changes. Awareness truly is the key. With a project like this in place and active in the community, word can spread quickly about availability of services and build excitement about being involved in changing the city for the better. I've witnessed from afar the kind of passion this group has already inspired around the world for both aiding the environment and being more of an active presence in one's community. The response has been a remarkable one. I can only imagine the immense good that could benefit so many, both in Los Angeles and around the globe, with the aid of this award. Go car free: make a new friend, see something you've never seen, and give back in the process. We'll all be better for it.

by KellyMB
over 1 year ago

Getting out of the bubble that is our cars is the best thing we can do for our health and for the environment . If we told just one friend , and that friend told just one other friend just imagine the good we could do.

by brian.northey1
over 1 year ago

Sounds like a very worthwhile project. Alternative travel will greatly benefit the environment. It will have tremendous health benefits for those who choose to walk or bike. It will cut the freeway gridlock for those whose only option may be car travel. Travel using the metro systems will give riders a chance to meet interesting people and/or time to read, study...... LA needs this type if initiative!!!!

by Patioooos
over 1 year ago

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Submission Began
Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Submission Ended
Thursday, July 31, 2014
at 07:00 PM UTC

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Voting Ended
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
at 07:00 PM UTC

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Special Olympics World Games 2015
Special Olympics World Games 2015

Winner Announced
Tuesday, September 30, 2014