On Sunday, June 20th 2010 all-day community festivals will be held in Kitsilano, Main Street, the West End, and Commercial Drive to take back the streets for the people and promote sustainable living. In each of the different areas, community organizers and volunteers will be hosting authentic cultural celebrations open for the public to participate in and enjoy.
Car Free Vancouver Day is a huge event that has been happening every year since 2005. Each year, attendance has increased in numbers from 25 000 to 40 000 people per day. This year, Car Free Vancouver Day holds extra significance because it has been endorsed by local scientist and environmental activist, David Sukuki:
Cities are for people. We have been designing our cities for efficiency for cars and commerce but forgot people. Walking, biking, roller blading, bussing, enable us to experience our surroundings and other people and to move the way our bodies evolved to move. I hope car free days will remind us of the social, ecological and medical benefits of getting out of our cars. – David Sukuki
Remember, Car Free Vancouver Day is entirely run by volunteers, so here is more info on the different festivals that will be happening throughout Vancouver and ways in which you can get involved:
This is a street festival that will be happening from Noon to 6pm, all along Commercial Drive from First Avenue to Venables. The street itself will be car free and open to the public from 10am to 8pm that day.
To volunteer at the Commercial Drive Festival contact: email@example.com
This is a street festival that will be happening from Noon to 8pm, all along Main Street from 16th to 33rd Avenue. The street itself will be car free and open to the public from 10am to 10pm that day.
To volunteer at the Main Street Festival contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a street festival that will be happening from Noon to 6pm, all along Denman Street, between Davie and Robson. The street itself will be car free and open to the public from 10am to 8pm. Nelson Street, however, will remain open to car traffic and will be monitored by traffic authority to keep traffic down to minimum flow.
To volunteer at the West End Street Festival fill out the application form on their website.
These are car-free block parties that will be happening throughout the Kitsilano area. The past two Car Free Vancouver Days, Kitsilano has held more than 40 block parties in that neighbourhood. They hope to double that number this year.
If you are interested in hosting a party on your block, go here to find out how.
Car Free Vancouver Day is all about the revitalization of healthy communities, so if you are not doing anything on Sunday June 20th, come check out some of the festivals that will be happening and help reclaim the streets for our local neighbourhoods.
By Flavia Kajoba