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2006 09 22
Today Is World Car Free Day

By Michael Johnson

imageFriday September 22 over 100 million people in more than 1500 cities around the world will take part in events for World Carfree Day. In Toronto, the Sierra Club managed to get the City to support a closure of Yonge St. from Dundas to Shooter, from 10am to 2pm. This just isn't enough. It's time Toronto started acting like the World Class City it purports to be. City Hall won't do it, so we'll do it ourselves.

Streets are for People, the group behind PS Kensington and the very popular Garden Car is organizing a take-over of the parking meters of Queen St. West.

Parking Meter Party, 9am to 9pm Queen St. West, between University Ave, and Dufferin St. Musicians, actors, dancers, artists, chefs, hair dressers and other creative citizens of the world will reclaim spaces normally dominated by automobiles.

$1.50/hour buys you a 6x12 space to do as you will. Perform, throw a party, read a book, do whatever makes you happy. You must pay the meter and you must park a vehicle in the space. (bicycle, tricycle, skateboard, roller blades are all vehicles.)

4:30 pm meet in Trinity-Belwoods park and join the ReEvolution Day Arkestra, a giant marching band where all musicians of any skill level are invited to join in, (last year we had 250 people take Queen St. for 2 hours in the pouring rain.) Bring instruments, costumes, human-powered floats and signs.

5:30 we take Queen St. Eastbound all the way to Nathan Phillips Sq. Like our team just won the World Cup, we‚ll celebrate the earth getting at least one day's break from the automobile.

Peace, we‚re all in this together,
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