I'm not sure how I missed this.
Kevin Werner of the Brabant papers reported on June 8 that Mayor Fred Eisenberger would like to host a car-free day in the downtown core to get people out of their cars and start to transform the community.
"We can create more pedestrian-friendly streets, create a pedestrian downtown mall, build more cycling-friendly roads. We can reinvent the downtown."
Noting exciting developments in other cities, the Mayor believes such an event can help to change people's attitudes.
"There are positive things we can do to get people out of their cars," said Mr. Eisenberger.
For example, 1.5 million people in Bogota, Columbia take part in what is called Ciclovia, where 113 kms of roads are closed to cars every Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Of course, Transportation for Liveable Communities has hosted unofficial car-free events in recent years and the city closed some streets to traffic in the summer and autumn of 2003 to host cycling championship races; but it would be great if the city started to recognize the value - economic and social - of giving streets back to the people, even if only for one day a week.
(Thanks to Eric Britton from the Open Society Sustainability Initiative for forwarding this article to me.)
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