Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Car Free Day

I rode the GO Train into Toronto today listening to my IPod Touch so I missed the news - Today was Car Free Day, which was fortuitous to me as I was currently car free downtown. At lunch time I walked out of the Eaton Centre and saw a blow up basketball kids attraction in the middle of Yonge Street and thought that seemed a little unusual. There was also a mini golf station set up a few steps away and no cars were in sight and there was plenty of people walking in the middle of the road.

Heading up to the Square I found signs that gave the answer - it was Car Free Day. Go Transit had a booth and was giving out pencils and cardboard train and bus models, assembly required, while Toronto Hydro, The Sierra Club and others had booths set up providing information on several green initiatives and the impact to the environment due to urban sprawl.

As an extra bonus Mayor David Miller was on the way to give the Car Free Day proclamation when I asked him if I could take his picture. I was pleased that he was happy to oblige and he asked me to come into the picture (the Mayor is the tall one).

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