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Car Free Day & How to Host a Parking Meter Party


Leave the car in the driveway today and come down to Dundas Square for the Sierra Club of Canada's Car Free party in the heart of our city's concrete jungle.

Between 10am and 2pm, Yonge St. from Dundas to Shuter will be a pedestrian zone, where you can learn about car heaven, have your fortune read and fix your bike while sipping fair trade coffee.

For those of you who want to feel more revolutionary in the effort to help people with their addiction to cars, I suggest hosting a parking meter party during the official World Carfree Day on Saturday afternoon or the ride with Critical Mass next Friday night .

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The parking meter parties (PMP's), get underway Saturday at 1pm along Queen St. West. Here are the 4 easy steps to hosting your own PMP.

1. Find a parking space where you'd like to spend the afternoon.
2. "Park" your non-motorized vehicle.
3. Buy yourself a parking ticket and don't forget to display it on your "dash".
4. Unleash your imagination in your 6" x 12" spot,.

The PMP's are followed by the Carfree Parade at 6:00pm, assembly is at 5:00pm in Trinity Bellwoods Park and heads East.

If you do decide to "park", remember: be nice to the police, courteous to the TTC and to point and laugh at anyone driving a Hummer.

For more information about throwing the ultimate PMP, check out the Streets are for People's Parking Meter Party Tips and the Code of Ethics.

Critical Mass meets Friday Sept 28th, at 6pm at the corner of Spadina and Bloor. It's simple to join, show up on your bike and celebrate the ride.

Photos by Martinho


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