Toronto Car Free Day set for September 22|
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The City of Toronto will become the first North American city to participate in
International Car Free Day on September 22. Last year, 760 towns and cities in
26 countries participated in Car Free Day.
Toronto City Councillor and Toronto Cycling Committee Chair Olivia Chow,
Toronto Atmospheric Fund Associate Director May Wong and Sierra Club Eastern
Canada Chapter Director Dan McDermott today announced Toronto's inaugural
involvement in the September 22 International Car Free Day (CFD) event. On that
day St. George Street between College and Bloor Streets will be open to people
and bicycles but closed to cars from noon until 4 p.m.
This year's Toronto CFD kickoff is part of a longer-term effort working to
organize a more expansive Toronto CFD in 2002. "Toronto's participation in Car
Free Day 2001 is a small step toward placing the importance of people above
that of the automobile," said Dan McDermott. "We will plan for Car Free Day
2002 to be a much larger step along this journey."
Highlighting the day will be the 2:30 p.m. Toronto media versus Toronto
councillors obstacle course challenge. This contest between media spin and
political balance will begin in front of Sidney Smith Hall on St. George Street
just south of Harbord Street.
The Car Free Day program includes speakers who will address the need to design
cities for people rather than cars. Song Cycles, Hidden Cameras and Dog Girls
will provide music and street activities will include wide bike lanes, road
games, street performances, information tables, grass-covered pavement, valet
bike parking and children's activities featuring Chris McKhool.
CFD will be preceded by a Thursday, September 20 Film Night and Forum at the
Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Featured speakers include Dr. David Suzuki, who
will speak at 7:20 p.m., and former Bogota, Columbia Mayor and CFD innovator
Enrique Penalosa, who will speak at 8:10 p.m.
The Sierra Club/City of Toronto Car Free Day 2001 is supported financially by
the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, the Toronto Community Foundation and Environment