Car Free Vancouver Day 2009

Comments 7 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Sunday June 14th is Car Free Day in Vancouver Day with festivals and street parties happening in four neigbourhoods.

Photo credit: Rob__ on Flickr

The festival came out of the original 2005 car-free day on Commerical Drive, which lead to two events in 2006, another in 2007, and in 2008 we had the first city-wide event with several neighbourhoods going car-free.

The first annual Car-Free Vancouver Day, on Sunday June 15, 2008 ushered in the next phase in this bold experiment that had been gradually happening in Vancouver for many years. It took the car-free meme to the whole city, and represented the next level in our evolution toward healthy communities, authentic cultural celebrations, and car-free streets. On that day, FOUR communities presented their own Car-Free Festivals: Kitsilano, West End, Main Street, and Commercial Drive. Each Festival was envisioned and organized by the local core organizers, and each had a unique flavour.

Major sites this year include Kitsilano, Main Street, West End, and Commercial Drive. If you’d like to be a volunteer, performer, or vendor, you can contact your local organizing body through the website. They’re currently in need of volunteers to man barricades so contact the organization if you’re available to help out.

Photo credit: midnightglory on Flickr

Each neighbourhood has its own feel so you’ll be able to join a knitting circle and roller disco on Commercial Drive, enjoy tunes from the music stages on Main, pop into the spoken-word tent in the West End, and visit a collection of block parties in Kitsilano.

You can download your own Block Party Toolkit if you’d like to host on in your nighbourhood. Whichever location you visit on June 14th, please remember to walk, cycle, or take transit.

Update: City Council has just approved car free Sundays in four Vancouver neighbourhoods this summer, as a part of “Summer Space”. On several Sundays this season Collingwood, Mount Pleasant, Gastown, and Commercial Drive will be closed to vehicle traffic. [CBC]

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  1. Davin GreenwellMonday, June 1st, 2009 — 2:54pm PDT

    This looks awesome. Victoria would do well with one of these!

  2. JessicaMonday, June 1st, 2009 — 5:08pm PDT

    Hey Miss604! Great write up – ecocessories will be participating as a vendor at Car Free Day on Denman. I’ll be accepting jewelry for recycling at my table, which will give you 15% off my designs at Car Free Day. See you there!

  3. MizzJWednesday, June 3rd, 2009 — 7:27pm PDT

    What a cool event! Can’t wait to check it out!

  4. DJSaturday, June 6th, 2009 — 4:39pm PDT

    It looks really great this event i would like to share it with all the neighhoods there, see you there.

  5. NataliaSunday, June 7th, 2009 — 9:55pm PDT

    I truly admire your creativity and spirit! Bow River Flow, Calgary’s 1st car-free event on Memorial Drive, is taking off this August, though not without some resistance. Any positive words of encouragement would greatly help…

  6. Friday Link Fest: What’s Going On » Vancouver Blog Miss 604 by Rebecca BollwittFriday, June 12th, 2009 — 9:10am PDT

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  7. Corey MathewsSunday, June 14th, 2009 — 2:14pm PDT

    Can you post some driving directions?

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