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The bicycle carousel, made of old bicycle parts and pipes, was just one of the amusements at the Car Free Day celebration.
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The bicycle carousel, made of old bicycle parts and pipes, was just one of the amusements at the Car Free Day celebration.

Many people are choosing to bike to work for Car Free Day.

Howard Connelly is riding on his chimera of a kinetic sculpture. "It's made out of garbage bicycles and it's welded all together, and people ride it around," says Connelly.

Used organ pipes hooked up to a nitrogen tank sing a haunting sound as the sculpture turns around under the power of Connelly and other adventurous bike riders.

The sculpture is on 7th and F street as part of Car Free Day. It's an annual event where people try to go through one day without using their car.

Zach Morford rides up in full business casual. He started biking 12 miles to work last year after trying it out for Bike to Work Day. "The refreshment of the exercise is totally worth it, it's not as hard as it seems when you're not doing it," says Morford. Morford was hit by a car a few months ago, but he still keeps riding.

For people who like the idea of biking, except for the pedaling part, there's Alex Liesak. He'll do the work for you on his Pedicab, which is a bike-powered rickshaw. "I've taken people all the way from downtown to Reagan National Airport, Crystal City, Pentagon City. I even took a wounded veteran up to Walter Reed while he was on convalescence leave," says Liesak.

Liesak says even when he's not working he bikes everywhere. Almost 6,000 people in the D.C. region pledged they'd take part in Car Free Day this year, more than any previous year.

Douglas Franklin is with Commuter Connections, one of Car Free Day's sponsors. He says old commuting habits are hard to change, and biking isn't by any means the only option. "A lot of times people say, 'oh well, I don't know anyone for carpooling,' but that's precisely the service we offer." Commuter Connections offers a free service to link up car poolers and help find environmentally friendly commutes.

Sabri Ben-Achour reports...

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