Burlington, Ont. – May 3, 2012 - The City of Burlington, working with community partners, officially launched Car-Free Sundays Burlington today to encourage everyone in the city to leave the car at home and take to the street on June 10 and July 15.
"The City of Burlington is working with the community to open up neighbourhoods while reducing our environmental footprint,” said Mayor Rick Goldring, who, along with Councillors Paul Sharman and Marianne Meed Ward, rode his bicycle as part of the launch. Councillor Dennison wore rollerblades.
The first Car-Free Sunday event is happening on June 10 on Appleby Line. The second is in Downtown Burlington on July 15. Organizers are seeking volunteers for the June 10 event. Appleby Line will be closed from New Street north to Fairview Street, with the south lanes of Fairview closed from Appleby Line to Sherwood Forest Park.
“I encourage everyone to join me, all City Councillors and people across Burlington to get up, get out and get moving,” Councillor Sharman said.
Car Free Sundays are events championed and promoted by Councillors Sharman, Dennison and their assistants Francine Grimshire, Rosemary Fitzpatrick as well as Mayor Goldring and his assistants as a new initiative to promote a healthier more fun community.
Businesses and groups that include charities, arts, dance and sports are invited to get involved in a Marketplace. Participants must commit to being on site between 2 and 7 p.m. and must bring and take away everything needed for a display.
“We hope it will be the forerunner of more car-free events in 2013 with events included in other areas of the city on different Sundays,” Councillor Dennison said.
Car-Free Sundays Burlington partners include:
• The Burlington Art Centre
• The Burlington Chamber of Commerce
• The Burlington Country & Blues Bar-B-Que
• The Burlington Downtown Business Association
• The Burlington Fire Department
• The Burlington Teen Tour Band Boosters
• The Burlington Youth Soccer Club
• Emmas Back Porch/The Water Street Cooker
• Halton Regional Police Services
• Joe Dog's Gasbar & Grill
• The Region of Halton, Health Department
• The Sound of Music Festival
• VR Pro
• The Waterfront Hotel Burlington
To get involved in the Music or Marketplace, volunteers are invited to complete a participant application form by visiting www.burlington.ca/carfreesundays. For more information, visit www.burlington.ca/carfreesundays, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-335-7600, ext. 8536.
"Walk, ride your bike, strap on rollerblades—do whatever it takes to get out on the street on Car-Free Sundays," said Robert Narejko, volunteer chair of Car-Free Sundays Burlington and chair of the Burlington Cycling Committee. "Many cities are already doing this. Why not Burlington?"
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Mayor Rick Goldring
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