Roughly a quarter of a million people took to Vancouver streets yesterday when various neighbourhoods closed off some roads to traffic of the four-wheeled kind to welcome the two-footed kind.

Car Free Day, a celebration of public space first held on Commercial Drive five years ago, has grown to five locations.

Becky Severy, a single mother who came all the way from Coquitlam with her son, attended Car Free Day in the West End. She said she wishes her community also had a similar celebration.

“The closest one is on Commercial, but I like it down here (Denman Street). It has more of a family feel to it.”

The festival attracted a wide range of people and included various demonstrations and a life-sized chess board.

Severy said only one thing was missing.

“Last year they had dance lessons.”

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