Car Free Vancouver Society wants to reimagine Vancouver with less cars

May 9 2019, 9:22 pm

Car Free Day aims to celebrate the vibrancy of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods by organizing an annual arts and culture festival that aims to help re-imagine and re-claim spaces normally reserved for vehicle traffic.

The Car Free Vancouver Society, the organization behind the events is in its 15th year.

According to their website, the volunteer-run street festival started in 2004, where the founders of Car Free Commercial Drive created an event where those from the neighbourhood could be engaged to rethink the range of uses for neighbourhood streets in the place of traditional protest.

Currently, the group is looking to the community for support of their vision, “to nurture and grow car-free spaces and culture in collaboration with local communities.”

“As a society we really want see the city turn into something that is prioritizing pedestrians and cyclists and other modes of transportation that aren’t cars,” says Sam Reeve, Executive Director of the Car Free Vancouver Society. “We want to get away from this toxic car culture.”

The society plans to continue and expand their advocacy work, create new partnerships with different community groups, and become more of a year-round society not solely focused on the events.

“We want to work closer with local government and communities to transform neighbourhoods, we want to see the creation of more public space for people to sit and interact,” continued Reeve.

The organization believes that cars are a tool and want people to see them as such.

“There’s better options for some of the trips people make. Just like any tool, it has it’s specific uses and there are tasks where it wouldn’t be appropriate or elegant to use it,” says Reeve.

For 2019, Car Free Day Vancouver festivals are being planned for Kitsilano, and Commercial Drive on July 7, the West End on June 15, and Main Street on June 16.

For more information on how to donate or volunteer with the Car Free Vancouver Society, you can visit their website.

Daily Hive is a proud media partner of Car Free Day Vancouver 

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