TORONTO COMMUNITIES CELEBRATE CAR FREE DAY

(Toronto) Sierra Club Ontario, with the support of the Government of Ontario, is sponsoring community Car Free Day events in seven Toronto neighbourhoods on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Sierra Club’s first celebration of International Car Free Day in Toronto. Saturday’s community events are on Delaware Avenue, Coady Avenue, Havelock Street and Condor Avenue. The Sunday celebrations take place on Cedarvale Avenue, Concord Avenue, north of Bloor Street and Concord Avenue south of Bloor.

 

International Car Free Day, September 22, is the focal point for the growing global movement that this year will be celebrated in 37 countries and 1,923 towns and cities. The European Union now has a weeklong observance entitled European Mobility Week. Car Free Day is an official program of the United Nations.

 

Car Free Day is focused on the development of urban communities not dependent on single occupant automobiles for mobility. Car Free Day promotes public transit and active transportation as options to ever increasing levels of congestion and gridlock. On Car Free Day people are encouraged to travel to their places of work, school and shopping by means of public transit, cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, carpooling and walking.

 

Sierra Club continues to work with neighbourhoods, businesses and government officials to promote the message of Car Free Day. Plans are already underway for Car Free Day 2012. TD Friends of the Environment is supporting Sierra Club’s plan to organize Toronto’s first Ciclovia, planned for Etobicoke’s lakeshore community. Ciclovias, or cycle paths in English, are now regular events around the world in which streets are periodically opened to active transportation.

 

For more information contact: Kristina Jackson, 647-346-8744, kristinaj@sierraclub.ca

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