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Car-free days gain momentum

Car-Free Vancouver, which will be held on Commercial Drive, MainStreet, Kitsilano and the West End, has expanded across the water toNorth Vancouver.

The city’s annual celebration of public space has grown again.

Car-Free Vancouver, which will be held on Commercial Drive, Main Street, Kitsilano and the West End, has expanded across the water to North Vancouver.

“It has been growing every year,” said Craig Ollenberger, a co-ordinator with Car-Free Commercial Drive.

“The attendance has been growing, as well as the number of sites and the scale of the sites.”

The festival began in Vancouver on Commercial Drive in 2005. Organizers expect a quarter-million people will hit the streets for this year’s festivals.

“It’s a celebration of local — local business, local people, local culture.”

The idea behind the day, Ollenberger said, is viewing streets for something other than just cars.

Last year, Vancouver implemented Summer Spaces, a series of smaller car-free festivals in four neighbourhoods. The program that ran Sundays through July and August is on hiatus until 2011.

 
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