carfree.gif

Car Free Day Downsized

The city has backed off on somewhat ambitious plans to celebrate International Car Free Day. Instead of closing parts of King and Queen streets between 6:30am to 6:30 pm on Thursday September 22, a plan has been proposed that would see Queen West between Yonge and Spadina closed to cars between 10am and 3pm.

Apparently the city got scared that they'd be inconveniencing rush hour drivers. But isn't that the point? Don't we want to get everyone to think - at least for a day - about environmentally-friendly modes of transport and living a more active lifestyle?

While there might be better ways to promote Car Free Day than shutting down a major street, this compromise plan doesn't seem to achieve much. We already close off parts of Queen and other streets during events like the Toronto Marathon or the Word on the Street, at least before it relocated to Queens Park.


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in City

An Ontario MPP was just suspended from Twitter for his anti-mask rants

Toronto just approved a bunch of new hotels for post-travel quarantine

Woman slammed with $3,458 bill for one night in Toronto quarantine hotel after funeral

Photo of Toronto bogeyman Joseph Bloor animated into video with terrifying results

An iceberg twice the size of Toronto just broke off Antarctica

Ontario zoo named worst in the continent for treatment of elephants

Spring in Toronto expected to be warmer than usual this year

The majority of downtown Toronto workers are ready to go back to the office