Car Free Days aim to be fun, free events encouraging people to get out of their cars and run, walk, cycle or take public transit. The central vision of Car Free Day is urban mobility that is not dependent on the private automobile. 

International Car Free Day (CFD), celebrated every Sept. 22, first started in Europe in the 1990s and is a growing global movement celebrated in over two thousand towns and cities in over thirty countries. CFD is not anti-car, but promotes awareness of alternative forms of transportation and the public health benefits of more active lifestyles within reach to us all.

As well, CFD is about community building! The Sierra Club can help neighbourhoods to organize their own community Car Free Days. Contact us about how we can help you make one for your neighbourhood. Call Kristina at 647-346-8744 or send an email to (kristinaj <at>

You can also check out some interesting updates about this issue below.

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Complete Streets Forum 2013

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2013 Complete Streets Forum is TCAT's sixth annual active transportation conference taking place on May 27, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto. The Share the Road Cycling CoalitionOntario Bike Summit 2013 will take place on May 28-29th at the same location. We are pleased to offer joint registration for both conferences at a discounted rate. ... Read more »

Save the date: Complete Streets Forum - May 27, 2013

Join the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) at the sixth annual active transportation conference - the ... Read more »

Kids' concentration improved with exercise

From The Atlantic Cities (online) article by Sarah Goodyear... Read more »

More forgiving design is possible - and coming to a road near you (one hopes!)

"Is ‘forgiveness’ just for auto drivers?"

The headline of this article made me think of the legal forgiveness that car/truck drivers often get when they hit pedestrians or bicyclists. But that's not what they are talking about. They are talking about engineered transportation designs that allow for our mistakes and human nature. An example of forgiving design is the placement of rumble-strips on the road to alert an auto driver they are approaching a stop or may be driving off onto the shoulder. Unfortunately, some of these forgiving elements only serve to allow drivers to speed up or drive more carelessly.

Forgiving design elements are known but rarely applied to protect pedestrians and bicyclists but that trend appears to be changing. ... Read more »

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