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Celebrate World Carfree Day on Sept. 22


September 18, 2009 – Can you survive without your car for a day? Try it out on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Bike, walk, carpool, or take public transit to work or for daily errands.

World Carfree Day is an annual celebration of cities and public life, free from the noise, stress and pollution of cars. Every Sept. 22, people from around the world get together in the streets and neighbourhoods to celebrate World Carfree Day and to remind the world that there are many ways of getting around.

“Thunder Bay’s Transit system reflects our City’s commitment to sustainability through proactive measures such as a 100% accessible bus fleet, bike racks, biofuel testing and continual investment in new technologies,” said Mayor Lynn Peterson.  “We are also working to expand our paths and trails throughout the city to accommodate Active Transportation.”

World Carfree Day, promoted and supported by the World Carfree Network, is intended to advance the economic, social and environmental benefits of self-propelled or mass transportation. It is meant to promote more sustainable ways of transportation and new ways of building and thinking about our cities, allowing streets to be a space for all citizens. With rising fuel prices, and increasing knowledge of environmental impacts, people around the world are re-evaluating their relationship with the car. Now is the perfect time to try out the alternatives!

 “Carfree Day represents an excellent opportunity for our community to take advantage of our active transportation routes and be part of this global event,” said Adam Krupper, Active Transportation Coordinator.

“For 118 years this community has provided public transit service for all citizens to use in their daily transportation needs,” said David Stephens of Thunder Bay Transit. “Give Transit a try on World Carfree Day.” 
 
Look for City staff and volunteers handing out prizes and information to those they catch participating around town!  Find out more about Thunder Bay’s Community Environmental Action Plan at: www.earthwisethunderbay.com.

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Contact: David Stephens, Planning and Marketing Analyst, City of Thunder Bay Transit Division 684-2190
Adam Krupper, Active Transportation Coordinator, City of Thunder Bay Engineering Division/EcoSuperior, 625-2163