Water Street to be reclaimed by pedestrians

For the seventh year in a row, pedestrians and cyclists will reclaim Water Street on Car Free Day this weekend.

For the seventh year in a row, pedestrians and cyclists will reclaim Water Street on Car Free Day this weekend.

On Sunday, Sept. 25., one block of the street will close to vehicles between Queensway and Doyle Avenue.

“Bring the whole family for an afternoon of free live music, bike and skateboard demos, fitness activities, interactive booths, bike valet station, rock climbing and much more,” said Mike Kittmer, active transportation coordinator with the City of Kelowna’s regional services.

“It’s a great opportunity for all generations to walk, bus or roll down and have some fun in the fresh air, while getting a taste for what a more ‘people-focused’ downtown could feel like.”

The car-free festival zone at Stuart Park and along Water Street, will see the road closed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festival goers can download a complimentary transit pass to get to the event at i-Go.ca.

The free community event will celebrate International Car Free Day and promote clean air, safe streets and healthy transportation choices.

City officials say if residents in the Central Okanagan walked, biked, skateboarded, rollerbladed or took transit just one day a week, transportation emissions could be reduced by 20 per cent, all while being more involved in the community.

International Car Free Day is celebrated by more than 100 million people in more than 1,500 cities around the world.

Many of the cities have created vibrant permanent car-free zones in their core areas, which have led to an increase in cycling and walking for transportation.

In the Central Okanagan, air pollution caused by vehicles is a growing concern, particularly since our region has the highest number of vehicles per person in British Columbia.

For more information on Car Free Day, healthier transportation choices, road closures and to download the free transit pass for the day, go to i-Go.ca.

 

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