Tomorrow is Car-Free Day!


Yes, Monday Sept. 22 is International Car-Free Day. But, you wouldn’t know it in good old London, Ontario CANADA would you?

According to the Transportation Master Plan, this city is committed to getting people to adopt modes of transportation other than cars. So, that begs the question, what’s City Hall doing to promote the day?

Well, there’s a blurb on the front page of the city website: “Monday is International Car Free Day – your chance to leave the car at home and walk, cycle or take transit to get around London.” And that’s hyperlinked to THIS PAGE which basically confirms that the city isn’t doing anything. Oh, there’s a suggestion that something might be done next year (“City staff is looking into turning Car Free Day into a larger event next year”), but that’s all.

I guess that city staff have been too busy figuring out how to spend so many millions of dollars on roads this year to waste any time on something that makes as much sense as this does.

Disgusted? You should be.

Other Links:
2008/09/22 – CTV News: Car free day
2008/09/22 – CBC: Downtown Montrealers encouraged to go car-free…
2008/09/22 – Korea Times: Seoul Observes Car Free Day
2008/09/23 – National Post: How mayors got to work yesterday
2008/09/23 – Hilltop Online: D.C. Celebrates Car Free Day

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4 Responses to “Tomorrow is Car-Free Day!”

  1. John Leschinski Says:

    That is a dumb concept for a day to begin with. Right up there with secretaries day.

  2. Jesse Says:

    It was not very well publicised …. I had no idea!

    What provision have the city made to help people make it a car-free day? More buses?

  3. fowgre Says:

    John: It’s a brilliant concept except for those “I ought to be able to do anything I want to do with my money” right-wing libertarian types who have no social conscience. It’s a way to get the message out to people that cars are an unsustainable lifestyle that hurts the environment and sucks billions of dollars away from more deserving things like public transit while leading to more and more urban sprawl and all of those associated service costs.

    Jesse: Click on the link and read the page on the city’s website. They highlight the availability of their website’s interactive map and the hardcopy ‘walk & ride’ map, pedometers that can be borrowed from the library, and (are you ready?) this zinger: “Did you know it can cost as little as $1.76 per trip on the LTC? This includes a 90 minute transfer.”

  4. John Leschinski Says:

    Not everything needs it own effing day. Whats next, corn on the cob day? It’s ridiculous.

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