2013 Festival Planning Meetings Begin Sunday, Feb. 24

Mark your calendars! The 2013 Car Free Vancouver Day festival planning meetings begin this Sunday:

West End: Sunday, Feb. 24 @ 1:30pm: http://www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/west-end/

Main Street: Sunday, Mar. 3 @ 3:00pm: http://www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/main-street/

Commercial Drive: Tuesday, Mar. 5 @ 7:00pm: http://www.carfreevancouver.org/locations/commercial-drive/

Car Free Vancouver Day

Photo credit: monnibo (Flickr)

You don’t need any experience to participate as a festival organizer. We encourage you to bring your friends to the planning meetings — the more the merrier! We can’t wait to meet you and to hear your wonderful ideas for making this year’s festivals amazing.

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Bike Love

CBC’s Early Edition recently featured stories about couples who found love on two wheels. Listen to the clip by clicking this link:

CBC Early Edition | High Velocity: Love on Two Wheels

There are also some lovely photos that accompany the show.

Please leave a comment if you have a story you would like to share about love on two wheels.

Bicycle Love

 

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What Do You Love About Car Free Day? What Do You Want to See at Car Free Day?

At our recent Car Free Kick-off event at The Beaumont Studios, we asked “What do you love about Car Free Day?” and “What do you want to see at Car Free Day?”

Below are the responses we received. We now need you and your friends to make some of these ideas happen at this year’s Car Free Vancouver Day festivals on Commercial Drive and Main Street and in the West End and Kitsilano on Sunday, June 16th (Father’s Day). If you can or want to bring some of these ideas to life, please get involved in this year’s festivals! No experience is necessary. Contact us if you need more information or guidance. Other ideas are also more than welcome. Be creative and wonderful!

  • Please Fireworks and lots of foam
  • U2 charity concert like Bono usually does
  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Primal Scream
  • Ponies!
  • Spring Bike Rides
  • Paper Mural: anyone can add to it, $2 to paint
  • All kinds of popcorn
  • Painted board of hipsters where people can poke their heads through and take pictures of themselves
  • How about Car Free Kerrisdale?
  • Local Farmers x 3
  • Reggaelution
  • Roller Disco
  • Laughing Day contests
  • Picnic Blankets to sit on and watch the world go by
  • Lemonade stands: basil, pink grapefruit, mint
  • Photo tents, dress up and props
  • Random Group Games, rope in strangers and make them play
  • Spontaneous flash mobs
  • Dance off with prizes
  • Booth with pictures from previous car free days
  • Walk-through sculptures
  • Wish trees
  • Box: Leave a Message, Take a Message
  • My band Vertigo
  • Maddy dancing Zumba
  • Bouncy castle for kids (er…adults too)
  • Bikes
  • More Sundays
  • Food Vendor Trucks
  • Bears on bicycles
  • Dancing on the street
  • Horseback riding down the street
  • Alternative Economics Presentation booth
  • Roving theatrics (stilts, jugglers)
  • An example of a complete street
  • Architect design contest for park lets?
  • Clowns and Mimes x 4
  • Street hockey with intermittent yelling of “No Car”
  • Sidewalk patios for food and drink
  • Lemonade: cherry flavoured
  • Zoltar
  • Juggling
  • Music
  • Bubbles!
  • Laughing therapy session
  • Baking workshop
  • Face painting
  • Need medical scientist for our science project: joyscience@yahoo.com
  • Healthy food
  • Opportunities for social enterprises
  • Patch of green grass heaven on the street
  • I’d like to see permanent car free areas in central arts of Vancouver
  • Balloons
  • Pogo sticks
  • Closed W. Broadway in Kits for music, food, health and environment
  • Street music
  • Hula Hoops
  • Unicorns
  • Dancing in the street
  • Street painting
  • They took our job
  • Live music
  • Mini doughnuts
  • Karaoke
  • Photo booth
  • Playground
  • Beaumont Studio Stage
  • Slip and Slide
  • Drum circle
  • All Commercial Drive from North Grandview to Venables
  • Walkers, bikers, jugglers
  • Commuter route the old railway line from Marpole to Downtown
  • Put one of these request boards at every festival
  • Bike Mall: every type of 2-3 wheeled contraption out there and find out where you can be set up with no-carbon travel
  • Unicycles
  • No cars
  • More than one Sunday
  • Drop the car key, pick up my bike
  • Roller hockey
  • Ritual sacrificing of car
  • Love
  • Happy family, health, less pollution
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Car Free Kick-off: Saturday, February 2nd

When: Saturday, February 2nd, 8:00 p.m. ’til late

Where: The Beaumont Studios, 316 West 5th Ave. (5th & Alberta)

Car Free Kick-Off PosterDetails: Climb out of your car and celebrate the countdown to Car Free Day with the Car Free Vancouver Society and The Beaumont Studios! Volunteers, participants, supporters, friends and family all welcome as we work towards another year of bringing our streets to life with community awesomeness and car-free fun. We are always looking for new blood and ideas and planning is underway to celebrate the 9th annual Car Free Vancouver Day on June 16, 2013. For entertainment we have DJ Soo and DJ Eclectik and for fun, karaoke singalong with Steven Jui.

If you enjoy art, dancing and friendly people, then come on out Vancouver and show your love for Car Free Day! View the Facebook invitation. Sorry, no minors.

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Car Free Kick-off 2013

Car Free Kick-Off Poster

When: Saturday, February 2nd, 8:00 p.m. ’til late

Where: The Beaumont Studios, 316 West 5th Ave. (5th & Alberta)

Details: Climb out of your car and come celebrate the countdown to Car Free Day with the Car Free Vancouver Society and The Beaumont Studios. Volunteers, participants, supporters, friends and family all welcome as we work towards another year of bringing our streets to life with community awesomeness and car-free fun. We are always looking for new blood and ideas and planning is underway to celebrate the 9th annual Car Free Vancouver Day on June 16, 2013.

Come on out Vancouver and show your love for Car Free Day! View and share the Facebook invitation. Check back for more details. Sorry, no minors.

 

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Come to the Car Free Vancouver Society Annual General Meeting Tuesday, Nov. 27th

You’re invited to the Car Free Vancouver Society’s Annual General Meeting!

Tuesday, November 27th, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Art Room, Mount Pleasant Community Centre, 1 Kingsway

We’re looking for new members to join our committees. We particularly need Car Free Vancouver Day festival liaisons, Web Team members and folks with administrative skills, but we welcome anyone who wishes to contribute to the work of the Car Free Vancouver Society.

Please also join us at the AGM if you’re interested in hosting a festival in your neighbourhood for Car Free Vancouver Day.

Bring your ideas and your friends. The more the merrier! We look forward to seeing you.

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November 2012 Car Free Vancouver Society Newsletter

The latest Car Free Vancouver Society newsletter is now available! Get the scoop on next year’s Car Free Vancouver Day, our upcoming Annual General Meeting, a year-end holiday party for volunteers, and our support for initiatives like Get OnBoard and closing 800-block Robson Street to vehicle traffic.

 

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Car Free Vancouver Society supports permanent closure of 800-block Robson Street to vehicle traffic

800-block Robson Street Letter

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Car Free Vancouver Day 2013 & Car Free Vancouver Society Annual General Meeting Announcement

The dates are set for Car Free Vancouver Day 2013! On Sunday, June 16th you’ll find festivals on Commercial Drive, Main Street and in the West End on Denman Street. Kitsilano block parties will take place on Saturday, June 15th and Sunday, June 16th.

If you want to see a festival in your neighbourhood, now is the time to reach out. We’ll help you set one up in your community. Get in touch with us at info@carfreevancouver.org.

The Car Free Vancouver Society is looking for new members. Please join us for our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, November 27th, 6:30-9:00 p.m., which will be held in the Art Room at Mount Pleasant Community Centre (1 Kingsway). At the AGM, you’ll have an opportunity to join one of our committees. We particularly need Car Free Vancouver Day festival liaisons, Web Team members and folks with administrative skills, but we welcome anyone who wishes to contribute to the work of the Car Free Vancouver Society. Bring your ideas and your friends. The more the merrier!

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Thank you Vancouver!

We would like to thank all of you for participating in and supporting Car Free Vancouver Day 2012! We thank you for your presence, for bringing merriment to the festivals, and for being so generous with your creativity, time, gifts-in-kind and other donations. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Car Free Vancouver Day on Main Street

Car Free Vancouver Day on Main Street. Photo credit: Steve Tannock

In particular, we would like to thank Doug and the team at City of Vancouver Cultural Services for their support with the Community and Neighbourhood Arts Development Program, Tree Brewing, The Still Brandworks, Colour Time Printing and Digital ImagingGuayaki Yerba Mate and Mills Basics for contributions supporting all 2012 festival sites. We also give thanks to the many organizations, businesses and individuals that supported individual festivals. You can find a complete list of these thank yous on the festival web pages: Commercial Drive, Kitsilano, Main Street and West End.

We hope you had a fantastic day on June 17th visiting the car-free festivals around the city. If you enjoyed Car Free Vancouver Day and would like to see it continue in the future, we strongly encourage you to tell the Mayor and Vancouver City Council (please send a copy of your messages to info@carfreevancouver.org). Car Free Vancouver Day is 100% volunteer organized and run. Your support, in the form of emails and letters to the City and donations to the Car Free Vancouver Society, have a huge impact and will help us bring back the festival next year.

We would love to hear from you if you want to see Car Free Vancouver Day in your neighbourhood next year or if you’re interested in joining the Car Free Vancouver Society’s organizing teams. Please contact us at: info@carfreevancouver.org.

Salsa Dancing on Commercial Drive

Salsa Dancing on Commercial Drive. Photo credit: Shannon LaBelle

Finally, a big thanks to all of you who snapped photos at our festival sites, and particularly to those of you who used a Creative Commons license that allows us to share your images. If you would like to show us your photos, we encourage you to join one or more of our Flickr groups:

Car Free Vancouver Day (all festivals)
Car Free Vancouver Day on Main Street
Car Free Vancouver Day in the West End

The Car Free Vancouver Society is active year-round so please keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

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