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Car Free Day Vancouver 2010

June 4th, 2010 @ 12:30pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Car Free Day Vancouver returns this year on June 20th with festivals in Kitsilano, Main Street, the West End, and Commercial Drive.


Photo credit: dooq on Flickr

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.

Visit the official website for more information, details about activities, and opportunities to volunteer. You can also follow Car Free Day on Twitter.

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2 comments

  1. Thanks for the post Miss604!

    We are so excited about this year’s Fest!

    This year we’ll be in Commercial, Kits, Main and the West End.

    We’re also on Facebook at http://facebook.com/carfreevancouver

    For news and updates on Main Street:
    http://facebook.com/carfreemain
    http://twitter.com/carfreemain

  2. I have done one on Commercial twice. It will be crazy this yeas because of WC 2010. I am doing Main St. this year since it’s closer to me and to change it little bit. Thanks for the info on this. :)

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