A Car-Free Drive

East Vancouver’s Commercial Drive neighborhood (otherwise known as “The Drive”) celebrated it’s third annual car-free festival today, which is held to raise awareness about the importance of walkable, pedestrian friendly cities. Several blocks of the Drive are closed to traffic during the festivities, and the neighborhood (approximately 20,000 people) meets for a street party.
The weather wasn’t the best today, but that didn’t seem to deter anyone.
There were a lot of people in costume…

…lots of music and dancing…

…and many alternative modes of transport to explore.

Isn’t her baby adorable?One of my favorite things about The Drive is its diversity. People from all walks of life come together to make this small corner of the city into the tight-knit community that it is.

I got a kick out of this fellow out there with the kids, trying his darnedest to get his hula hoop to work, his cigar clenched firmly between his teeth. If you’re in the area, part 2 takes place on Sunday, July 22nd. Maybe I’ll see you there!

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