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Don't Drive Day set for Wednesday

If you bike to work next Wednesday, you could win an iPod Touch or an electric lawnmower.

Aug. 13 is “Don't Drive Day,” for the Charlotte region and the city, Mecklenburg County NC Air Awareness and Clear Air Works! are offering prizes for people who take a train, bus or bike to the office.

Eligible commutes include taking the bus or Lynx blue line, using carpool or vanpool, walking, telecommuting or biking. To enter, participants should send an e-mail describing how they got to work to: by noon Aug. 14.

Entries must be from people who live or work in Mecklenburg, Union, Cabarrus, Rowan, Iredell, Lincoln, Gaston and York counties.

The Charlotte region is considered an ozone non-attainment area. On 12 days last August, ground-level ozone levels exceeded federal standards for ground-level ozone, county leaders said in a news release. The “Don't Drive Day” program is designed to raise awareness of the problem and encourage alternative forms of transportation.