Car Free Day Vancouver 2011 (Main Street) is today
Actually, all of the Car Free Day Vancouver 2011 locations are holding the festival today, but since I live on Main Street, the one I’ll be covering will be this one (well, perhaps not covering, but I’ll show my face at least).
Main Street will be closed from 12th Avenue to 29th Avenue. This street festival celebrates non-car-based modes of transportation, and often features sustainability-related businesses and shows. There are Car Free Day festivals on Main Street, Commercial Drive, The West End and Kitsilano. It’s good fun, and it’s free, so you should totally check it out.
More about the Car Free Day Festival:
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. 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.