International Car Free Day
Car Free Day Gallery
International Car Free Day has grown to involve over 1,000 cities in 40 countries and is an annual day of celebration all over the world. It promotes more sustainable ways of transportation and new ways of building and thinking about our cities.
The consistent theme around the world is to increase sustainable travel on foot, by bike and by public transport. By choosing these healthier and more sustainable modes of travel over the private car, citizens can positively influence their health and well being and enhance the environment and quality of life in cities. The City of Vernon joined the world on Saturday, September 22. with a free party in Downtown Vernon at Cenotaph Park / Downtown Transit Exchange with free transit for the day! Approximately 300 people attended the event with several families participating in the bike rodeo organized by Community Policing and the bike parade led by volunteers from the Greater Vernon Cycling Advisory Committee. Everyone had fun at the interactive stations with Okanagan Science Centre, BC Hydro, Kick the Eco Elf face painting, the Community Policing treasure wheel and expressed their creativity with sidewalk chalking and bike decorating. Participants also filled out a Downtown Trivia quiz where two $50 downtown dollars, free transit day passes and tickets were awarded along with Vernon Moves swag items.