Car Free Vancouver Day is one week away!

Yahoo!!! Only one week until Vancouver’s funnest, biggest and most pedestrian-friendly party kicks off!

Kitsilano block parties will happen on Saturday, June 16th & Sunday, June 17th. Car free street festivals on Commercial Drive, Main Street and in the West End (Denman Street) take place Sunday, June 17th/Father’s Day.

Car Free Vancouver Day 2012 Sticker

Car Free Vancouver Day 2012 Sticker (we thank Janine, Adam and Andrew at The Still Brandwork for this sticker and Colourtime for printing services)

Please check the festival web pages regularly this week for complete information about what’s happening in each neighbourhood:

Commercial Drive Featuring music, roller disco, dance workshops, Kidzone, artisans, Drive Vibe fashion show, pie and more!

Main Street Highlights are street hockey, SFU Philosophers’ Cafe, a pedal-powered DJ, BLIM Market, Tai Chi, knit it and living room, kids bike rodeo, music and more!

West End Participants include Miss Teen Vancouver World 2012, Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver Historical Society, West End Seniors’ Network, PuddleCity Arts and more!

Kitsilano So many block parties! View the map.

We’re still accepting volunteer applications this week for the major street festivals. Help us turn our streets into car free, celebratory, fun for free community spaces! If you can spare even just a few hours at one of our sites we would love for you to sign up right now:

If you would like to support Car Free Vancouver Day by making a donation to the festival please click the donate button on the right side of this page. We are a truly grassroots festival and have no sponsors, only supporters.

Please tell your friends, family and neighbours about Car Free Vancouver Day. Download and share our poster and stickers to promote the festival on your blog, via social media, in person and any other ways you like to communicate.

On Car Free Vancouver Day, visit the festival closest to you or choose to rove from Fest to Fest throughout the city to get a taste of different neighbourhood celebrations. You’ll meet great people, have loads of fun and will have an opportunity to consider how Vancouver’s neighbourhoods can continue to build community and reduce car dependency. We are a pedestrian/bike/transit-friendly festival so please keep with the spirit of the day and don’t drive! BEST will provide bike valet service so that you can securely park your bike at each site.

Stay connected with us this week and at the festivals. You’ll find us on Facebook and Twitter @carfreeyvr. Use hashtags #CFDrive #CFKits #CFMain and #CFWest when tweeting about the different festivals. Bring your cameras to Car Free Vancouver Day and share your photos with us on Flickr (note that we really appreciate Creative Commons licensing of photos so that we can use them with attribution and share alike).

See you next weekend!

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Car Free Vancouver Day is two weeks away!

Car Free Vancouver Day 2012 Poster

Car Free Vancouver Day 2012 Poster
(we thank Janine, Adam and Andrew at The Still Brandwork for the poster and Colourtime for printing services)

Car Free Vancouver Day is nearly here! Kitsilano block parties will happen on Saturday, June 16th & Sunday, June 17th. Car free street festivals on Commercial Drive, Main Street and in the West End (Denman Street) take place Sunday, June 17th/Father’s Day.

We encourage you to check all of the festival web pages regularly to find out what’s happening in each neighbourhood:

Commercial Drive Featuring music, roller disco, dance workshops, Kidzone, artisans, vintage fashion show, pie and more!

Main Street Highlights are street hockey, SFU Philosophers’ Cafe, a pedal-powered DJ, BLIM Market, Tai Chi, knit it and living room, kids bike rodeo, music and more!

West End Participants include Miss Teen Vancouver World 2012, Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver Historical Society, West End Seniors’ Network, PuddleCity Arts and more!

Kitsilano So many block parties! View the map.

We’re posting previews of the fun you can expect to have and you’ll also find information about upcoming volunteer orientation sessions. We still need *many* volunteers to help us turn our streets into car free, celebratory, fun for free community spaces! If you can spare even just a few hours at one of our sites we would love for you to sign up right now:

If you would like to support Car Free Vancouver Day by making a donation to the festival please click the donate button on the right side of this page. We are a truly grassroots festival and have no sponsors, only supporters.

Please tell your friends, family and neighbours about Car Free Vancouver Day. Download and share our poster and stickers to promote the festival on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, in person and any other ways you like to communicate.

We can’t wait to see all of you at *your* festivals!

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Volunteer for Car Free Vancouver Day

Car Free Vancouver Day is only a month away! The festivities take place on Saturday June 16th (Kitsilano) and Sunday June 17th/Father’s Day (Commercial Drive, Main Street, West End and Kitsilano). We need wonderful people like you to help us turn our streets into bustling car free community festivals! We need *many* core organizers and day-of volunteers. Please visit our festival web pages to sign up as a volunteer and to find out what’s happening in your neighbourhood:

Commercial Drive

Main Street

West End (Denman Street)

Kitsilano

Car Free Vancouver Day is a genuinely grassroots event. We have no sponsors, only supporters like you and your neighbours. We’re actively looking for donations and all you need to do is hit the donate button on the right.

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Car Free Sunday in Comox Valley

Car Free Day will also take place in Comox Valley on June 17/Father’s Day this year! All the details are on Facebook and the Imagine Comox Valley website. Have fun if you’ll be in downtown Cumberland or Courtenay in mid-June!

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Car Free Vancouver Day 2012

This year on Saturday June 16th (Kitsilano) and Sunday June 17th/Father’s Day (Commercial Drive, Main Street, West End & Kitsilano), you and your neighbours are going to help us transform your communities into an amazing car free carnival! Find out how you can get involved as a volunteer, performer or vendor at the festival sites.

Visit our festival site web pages to see what’s happening in your neighbourhood and to learn how you can be part of this year’s celebration:

Commercial Drive

Main Street

West End (Denman Street)

Kitsilano

If you want to support this year’s festival and don’t have time to volunteer please click the Donate button to help us with our work. If you own a car, leave it at home one day and donate to us what you save on gas and parking!

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Join the Car Free Vancouver Team this Year

Did you miss the fun last year? Did you miss the opportunity to be part of an event that brought your friends and neighbours out to experience our community spaces from a unique and memorable perspective? Or were you there and want to have at it again?

This year on Saturday June 16th in Kitsilano and Sunday June 17th (Father’s Day) at all locations, you and your next door neighbours are going to help us transform your neighbourhoods into a brilliant carnival! Bring your ideas, bring your friends, bring your family and participate in this year’s celebration.

Join our creative team this year as a vendor, a performer or a volunteer and be part of something amazing! Simply choose the neighbourhood you’re interested in from the menu above and fill out the appropriate registration form. We’re looking forward to another year of new and old faces working towards a Car Free world and are excited to be only a few months away!

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Car Free Day 2012

Car Free Vancouver Society is happy to present Car Free Day 2012!

On Sunday, June 17th, 2012, you can bring your family, friends and neighbours to your local festival. Heck, you can organize your own neighbourhood festival with our help!

If you would like to participate at one of our festivals this year, keep your eyes peeled for our call-out in mid-February. We will be sending out our February newsletter soon with all the details.

 

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2011 Car Free Society AGM Minutes

The 2011 Car Free Society Annual General Meeting was held on November 22nd and Rhizome Cafe. There was a great turnout with lots of faces, new and old, eager to get involved and help with next year’s Car Free Day.

The meeting minutes are posted below for everybody to review. You can also download the minutes here [PDF, 733KB]. Continue reading

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Start a Car Free Day in Your Community

It’s a lot of fun, you’ll meet some cool folks, build community and put on a great party. And really, we can’t emphasize this enough: it won’t be too much work if you get enough help and organize it right. For real! Throwing a festival is really pretty easy and certainly you can do it.

Get in touch with us at info@carfreevancouver.org and we’ll help you through the entire process of setting up your own Car Free Day. Our experienced organizers can guide you through each step – everything from gathering volunteers to contacting local merchants and getting city permits.

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Don't Forget to Vote

So you enjoy community festivals? You attend Car Free Vancouver Day? You have opinions about what Vancouver should look and feel like?

Then don’t forget to get out and vote! Remind your friends, family and co-workers to do so too. You can go here for some quick and easy facts about the upcoming election on November 19th, 2011.

http://vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/elections/2011election

There’s even a handy iPhone app available for download.

See you at the polls!

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