Sacramento drivers take the car-free challenge

Joan Edelstein of West Sacramento made a public vow last week. She will drive her car no more than 200 miles this month.

The go-green pledge puts her among a handful of Sacramentans who've announced similar intentions at the new "Car-Free Challenge" Web site --- not for pocketbook reasons, they say, but because it's the right thing to do.

Edelstein jumped when she heard about the challenge sponsored by TransForm, an advocacy group hoping to send a message that there's a "critical mass" of people out there who don't want to sit in traffic and pollute and are willing to try something new. She lives in a new energy-efficient, tri-level condo in West Sacramento only three miles from work, but has to drive to work and to the store. The industrial streets on her route aren't safe or convenient for walking, and there is no bus.

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