Car Free Vancouver, June 17th!

Car Free Vancouver Day 2012 StickerWhen I used to live in Edmonton I often thought, wouldn’t it be good if Whyte ave was car free? Part of my dream became a reality today at Car Free Vancouver on Main street, different city but same awesomeness. One of the great things about Vancouver is the ability to easy travel around by bike, oftentimes via a fancily designated bike route. As I rode to Main via west 10th ave, the bike thoroughfare of Vancouver,  I noticed the number of cars dwindle but the raucous cacophony of cyclists, pedestrians, and buskers increase. Main from 12th to 25th ave was Car Free and in its place were booths selling locally-made wares, thrift goods, and designer accessories including my personal favourite, wooden-framed sunglasses! To my pleasant surprise, Care Free Vancouver was a densely attended success. Besides browsing the handicrafts, fellow car free-ers got to enjoy the musical stylistics of local bands and artists. My personal favourite musical performance was a local group called the Kingsgate Chorus. They are a local choir who sing cover songs across the board including songs from the Pixies, Fleetwood Mac, and Niel Young. Suffice it to say, I’m seriously considering joining them.  Here is sample of their flavourful repertoire. Here is one that I filmed. And aside from that kid who ran into my bike full on, it was a day very well spent.


About hannahslomp

I have an interest in arts and culture wherever my bicycle takes me. My travels have allowed me to realize that there is ingenuity wherever you go, you just have to go off the beaten municipal bike path.
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