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!

6 thoughts on “A Car-Free Drive

  1. What a great idea! I would love to have such an event here…if you have any literature about the event maybe you could mail or fax it to me and I could see if my community would be interested?

    And the pictures are spectacular!

  2. I love the drive…so much fun!!! Maybe I’ll try to come down for that second festival. Great pictures. It really captures the atmosphere.

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