In 2005, the Commercial Drive Festival launched the first community- driven Car-Free Festival in Vancouver. The Festival was wholly volunteer-organized and presented, involving over 30 core organizers and 300 volunteers. It was an enormous success, bringing over 25,000 people out to celebrate the community and party in the street.
After that, the Festival happened in 2006 and twice in the summer of 2007, snowballing in popularity and attracting up to 40,000 people per day. Clearly, car-free days were an idea whose time had come.
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. [About Car Free Day]
Olympics being in town was all of the pedestrian thoroughfares downtown – they just give the city a better sense of community and accessibility. These free neighbourhood festivals filled with food, entertainment, and special offers from local merchants. Check out what’s going on in your community or take your bike or transit to another. I know some people have commuted between locations on Car Free Day as well just to get a sense for each unique setting.