The Commercial Drive Car Free Day will include a full road closure and plenty of things to see and do.
Commercial Drive is one of the most popular streets in Vancouver and is home to dozens of beloved restaurants, shops, and community gathering places. It will be closed from North Grandview Highway to 1st Avenue on Saturday, Sept. 9 from noon until 7 p.m.
Attendees of the East Vancouver event will find a range of food and retail vendors, as well as live music and other entertainment. However, there will only be four food trucks to keep in line with the event's "car-free ethos."
Since its inception, Commercial Drive has been an important part of what Car Free Day stands for. There is a strong message of advocacy and activism for providing car-free spaces and a green culture for the community.
Car Free Days in Vancouver
There will be a second Car Free Day on Sept. 16 on Main Street, which will include a road closure from East 10th Avenue to King Edward Avenue. A third event takes place on Sept. 24 along Denman Street, with a road closure from Davie Street to Robson Street in the West End.
The Car Free festival chooses locally-based vendors in each of the neighbourhood precincts, focusing on reducing emissions from vehicles and creating more space for people to enjoy themselves on the street.
"A goal related to the Car Free Festival is to create awareness about a car-free mindset and show that there is a path where we start to depend less on fossil fuels," state organizers.
With files from Brendan Kergin