If you can imagine, for a moment, that Queen West has been designated a streetcars-and-pedestrians-only zone, it would not be that much different from the traffic flow in 1907, or this weekend. Join Streets Are For People this Saturday for World Carfree Day. Celebrated in over 1,500 cities around the globe, Toronto’s version is custom-tailored to our homegrown oil addiction.
This Saturday, there are two related happenings to be aware of. The first is parking meter parties along Queen West, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Never hosted one before? Here are some tips:
- Scout out a parking spot where you’d like to spend the afternoon
- Park your non-motorized “vehicle” (i.e. your bike, trike, roller-skates, dinky-car) along Queen West
- Pay the meter. For $1.50/hr the spot is yours! (be sure to display your parking receipt on the “dash” of your “vehicle”!)
- Have fun showing Toronto how much fun carfreedom will be! dance! paint! play a game! read a book! make music! make people smile!
Then at 5:00 p.m., gather in Trinity-Bellwoods Park for the Carfree Parade! Set to proceed east along Queen West, this event is a blank slate for human-powered creativity: trumpets, chariots, bicycles, giant inflatables, marching bands, costumes, or crazy people marching would certainly not be out of place for this epic annual procession. Could an event be more liberating? The parade begins at 6:00 p.m. sharp, don’t be late!
More instructions, oil-free dogma and revolutionary slogans can be found here.