Celebrate Car Free Day in Vancouver on Sunday, June 16th

What: Car Free Day!

When: Sunday, June 16th (Father’s Day)

Where:

  • Main Street, Broadway to 30th, noon-7:00 p.m.
  • Commercial Drive, Venables to North Grandview Hwy/Central Valley Greenway Bike Lane, noon-7:00 p.m.
  • Denman Street, Davie to Robson, noon-6:00 p.m.
  • Kitsilano block parties, noon-6:00 p.m. (Sat. June 15th & Sun. June 16th)
  • Semlin Street, Adanac to Venables, noon-6:00 p.m. (Sat. June 15th)

Who: You, us, your neighbours and friends and family!

Why: Because we believe less cars = more community, we believe in fun for free, and we believe in proactive community engagement!

Get there: Keep with the spirit of Car Free Day by walking, cycling, skateboarding or taking transit to festival sites. Please don’t drive! Get the TransLink re-routes for buses #3, 5, 6 & 20 (click on the ‘Transit Alerts’ tab and scroll to June 16th). Bike valet service will be available on Main Street (Main & 10th) and Commercial Drive (Commercial Drive & 2nd).

Car Free Day 2013 Poster

Want to ride your bicycle to all the street festivals on Sunday? Join the HUB Car Free Day group rides:

  • 2:00 p.m.: Meet at Denman & Davie, take a leisureley ride to Main Street (look for ride leader with yellow bike helmet)
  • 4:00 p.m.: Meet at Main & 10th, ride to Commercial Drive (look for ride leader with yellow bike helmet)

Participants will take in the beautiful sights of Vancouver and enjoy the freedom that bike-riding can offer!

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What is Car Free Day?

Joey Moore, Car Free Vancouver Society Board member, wrote a guest editorial today for Vancouver is Awesome in response to the question, “What the heck’s up with Car Free Day?” He states:

For me, nothing explains what Car Free Day is, better than that awkward, disorientating moment at the very beginning of the day when the barricades go up and the stream of cars and trucks is gone from the streets. While most adults still are glued to margins on the sidewalk, unsure of what to do, some less tamed child or youth will get on their skateboard, or simply run, right down the yellow-line. This simple, joyful act breaks the spell and the rest of us more disciplined folk spill onto the street.

At the core, this is what Car Free is about – rethinking what streets are and what they might be and allowing us to experience the truth of the Car Free slogan: Less Cars = More Community = Less Cars…

Read the full editorial on Vancouver is Awesome

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Congratulations to the Car Free Day Photo Contest Winner!

Erika Rathje is the Car Free Day photo contest winner. We thank Erika for sharing her photos to promote this year’s Car Free Day festivals. Here are her winning entries:

E Rathje Car Free Day Skateboarders

E Rathje Car Free Day Band

Car Free Vancouver Society Board member Tanya Otero also contributed some images to promote this year’s festivals:

T Otero Car Free Day Aww Yeah

T Otero Car Free Day Crowd

We encourage everyone to share these images with your friends and networks to promote Car Free Day on Sunday, June 16th (with neighbourhood block parties in Kitsilano and Grandview-Woodlands on Saturday, June 15th). Click the images to open them full-size, then right-click to save them to your computer.

Thank you to all the contest participants for your entries!

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Car Free Day Volunteer Orientation Sessions

The dates are set for the 2013 volunteer orientation sessions for the major Car Free Day festival sites! Please plan to attend one of the orientation sessions for the location(s) where you want to volunteer:

West End

  • Sunday, June 2nd, 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 5th, 8:00 p.m. – followed by a pub night!

Location & details: http://www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/west-end/

Commercial Drive

  • Thursday, June 6th, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 9th, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Location & details: http://www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/commercial-drive/

Main Street

  • Sunday, June 9th, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 10th, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Location & details: http://www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/main-street/

Volunteer registration forms for all festival sites are available online. No experience is necessary! Thank you for being so generous with your time. We know you’ll have fun, meet great people, and love our fabulous after-party!

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Volunteer on Car Free Day!

We need your help. All of the Car Free Day festivals in Vancouver are 100% volunteer organized and run, and we hope you’ll sign up to volunteer with your friends, family and  neighbours. We also encourage you to sign up on your own – volunteering at any of our festival sites is a great way to connect with fellow Vancouverites. No experience is required!

I Support Car Free VancouverThe best and easiest shifts we need filled are our opening and closing barricaders. If you volunteer for these shifts, you get to volunteer before or after the festival, enjoy the entire Car Free Day, and still have energy leftover to attend our super fun after-party!

Volunteer orientations for the major festival sites begin very soon, so don’t delay in submitting your volunteer application form! Thank you for helping us make this year’s festival wonderful.

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Car Free Vancouver Society May 2013 Newsletter

Our May newsletter is now available online. This month we’re revealing some fantastic festival highlights including roller disco and derby, community-supported stages featuring dozens of bands, kids’ yoga, a pet parade at “Bark”lay & Denman, and more!

The newsletter also includes information about how to volunteer with your friends and neighbours at this year’s street festivals. Sign up today!

There’s plenty more to read in the May newsletter – enjoy and get ready for all the fun we’re going to have in June!

May 2013 Newsletter Preview

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Cover Photo and Profile Picture Contest Deadline Extended!

Show us what Car Free Day in Vancouver means to you! Based on the success of LA’s CicLAvia Facebook cover series, we’re launching a contest to gather your images for our own get-the-word-out campaign.

Vancouver photographers, artists, kids, creative types: Send us your images (photos or drawings) and we’ll choose up to five for Facebook cover photos or social media profile pictures that Car Free Day supporters can use in the days leading up to June 16th, 2013.

Here are some great examples:

Contest Example CollageFor any images we receive:

  • The image needs to convey the spirit of Car Free Day (no cars, fun-for-free, D.I.Y.)
  • You need to own the image or have rights to reproduce it
  • You acknowledge that we may alter the image by including the Car Free Day logo, date and time, etc.
  • You acknowledge that we will be releasing the image on social media for other supporters of Car Free Day to use.

Available prizes:

  • Up to four wristbands to the Car Free Day after-party
  • Moksha Yoga passes
  • Car Free Day t-shirt

Contest deadline is Monday, June 3, 2013. Please email your submissions to info@carfreevancouver.org with “Facebook Contest” in the subject line or share them with us on our Facebook page.

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Car Free Vancouver Day Facebook Cover Photo and Profile Picture Contest

Show us what Car Free Vancouver Day means to you! Based on the success of LA’s CicLAvia Facebook cover series, Car Free Vancouver Day 2013 is launching a contest to gather your images for our own get-the-word-out campaign.

Send us your image (photo or drawing) and we’ll choose up to five for Facebook cover photos or social media profile pictures that Car Free supporters can use in the days leading up to June 16th, 2013.

For any images we receive:

  • The image needs to convey the spirit of Car Free Vancouver Day (no cars, fun-for-free, D.I.Y.)
  • You need to own the image or have rights to reproduce it
  • You acknowledge that we may alter the image by including the Car Free Day logo, date and time, etc.
  • You acknowledge that we will be releasing the image on social media for other supporters of Car Free Vancouver Day to use.

Contest winners will receive two wristbands to the Car Free Vancouver Day organizers’ after-party!

Contest deadline is Monday, May 13, 2013. Please email your submissions to info@carfreevancouver.org with “Facebook Contest” in the subject line.

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Car Free Vancouver Society April 2013 Newsletter

Our April 2013 Car Free Vancouver Society newsletter with the latest information about Car Free Vancouver Day planning is now available online.

This month’s newsletter highlights include:

  • How to submit a Car Free Vancouver Day participation form and get in touch with us to tell us about the creative and fun-for-free activities you would like to bring to one of our festival sites
  • Information about core and day-of volunteers needed for the street festivals on Commercial Drive, Main Street and in the West End
  • For Kitsilano residents, tips to help you host a block party with your neighbours on Saturday, June 15th or Sunday, June 16th
  • The full details of our Facebook cover photo and profile picture contest
  • Art made by Jim Dewar at the 2012 Car Free Vancouver Day festival on Main Street
  • Information about the BC General Election and why you should consider riding your bicycle to vote
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Creative Fun-for-free at Car Free Vancouver Day

Planning for Car Free Vancouver Day 2013 is underway. Whenever we’re looking ahead to upcoming festivals, we often find ourselves reflecting back on the successes, special moments and creativity of past festivals. Car Free Vancouver Day is all about fun-for-free for communities, and we love to see what you bring to the streets each year.

Last year, we were moved by artist Jim Dewar’s contributions to Car Free Vancouver Day on Main Street. Jim was a participant in Vancouver’s now-dormant Artists in the Streets program, and he spent his time at the Main Street festival drawing in the street and pleasing passersby with his art. He and photographer Adrienne MacAllum have kindly allowed us to share these photographs with you:

Artist Jim Dewar, Car Free Vancouver Day 2012 on Main Street. Photo by Adrienne MacAllum.Artist Jim Dewar, Car Free Vancouver Day 2012 on Main Street. Photo by Adrienne MacAllum.Artist Jim Dewar, Car Free Vancouver Day 2012 on Main Street. Photo by Adrienne MacAllum.Artist Jim Dewar, Car Free Vancouver Day 2012 on Main Street. Photo by Adrienne MacAllum.Artist Jim Dewar, Car Free Vancouver Day 2012 on Main Street. Photo by Adrienne MacAllum.All of the above photos are courtesy of photographer Adrienne MacAllum and artist Jim Dewar.

Adrienne states: “We had a lot of fun at Car Free Day last year. The day was sunny and hot. While Jim sketched I walked up and down the street enjoying all the fun things that were happening. A lot of people stopped to watch Jim working on his street scenes and seemed to be fascinated watching him work. We stopped in two places along the way. At the last stop he did a great drawing of one of the heritage buildings across the street. I am not sure what we will be doing this year as far as events go but the experience we had at last year’s event was encouraging and gave us confidence to try more public events like this one in the future. Thanks to all for a wonderful day.”

We hope Jim has inspired you. What will you do for your community this year at Car Free Vancouver Day? Tell us about the creative activities you want to bring to car-free streets by submitting a participation form, or run your ideas by us at info@carfreevancouver.org. This is YOUR festival!

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