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Car Free Day

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 Posted by Travis Saunders

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I know it's a bit late, but I just realized that today is officially Car Free Day.  Fifteen-hundred cities around the world, including Toronto and Montreal here in Canada, have barred cars from certain sections of their downtown in an effort to promote active transportation, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  In Montreal, the closed-down streets are being used for activities including skateboarding and inline skating (although anyone who has visited Montreal knows they don't need much of an excuse to close down major streets downtown - Ste Catherine Street seems to be closed to traffic at least a quarter of the summer).  Although I don't know of any specific Car Free Day events here in Ottawa, Bixi bike rental stands are distributed throughout downtown Ottawa and Gatineau, which allow you to rent bikes for an hourly rate using your credit card.  Bixi's are also available in Montreal, and are coming soon to other major cities including London and Boston, so consider renting a bike for those noon-hour errands no matter where you call home. 

Kudos to all the cities that are promoting active transportation today, and if you haven't left the house yet today, please consider using public transit, walking, cycling, roller blading, or any of the dozens of ways that you can commute that are better for you, and better for the environment.

Happy Car Free Day everyone!


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