WASHINGTON (AP) — Organizers in the Washington area say more than 9,000 people have pledged to participate in World Car-Free Day on Thursday.

World Car-Free Day is held marked annually on Sept. 22.

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Organizers are encouraging people to walk, bike, use mass transit, work from home or find other alternatives to cars.

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Car-Free Day events are being held throughout the area, including free shuttle rides in Frederick County, and giveaways and prize drawings at Montgomery County Metrorail stations. In Virginia, state officials are celebrating their fourth annual Try Transit Week this week.

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