On Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009, the Sierra Club and The City of Toronto will be hosting a “car-free day” street festival. The City of Toronto’s Environment Office will be hosting a Car Free Day to raise awareness about the environmental hazards of car use, and to encourage commuters to use more sustainable forms of transportation, like walking, cycling, carpooling, and public transit. This event will take place on Yonge St just south of Dundas St., and on Yonge-Dundas Square, from 11am to 3pm.
There are also events taking place on Yonge-Dundas Square, in conjunction with the street festival.
Media trucks have a designated parking area on Dundas Square west of O’keefe Lane.
In order to accommodate the large crowds, at this expo, the City of Toronto has issued a permit for the following road closures:
1) Yonge Street from the south side of Dundas Street to the north side of Queen Street will be closed between the hours of 10:00 and 16:00 in order to accommodate this event. The Shuter Street intersection will remain open to allow access to vehicles entering the Eaton’s Centre parking lot.
2) Dundas Square Street from Yonge Street to O’Keefe Lane will be closed from 10:00 to 16:00 hours (for pedestrian safety).
Dundas and Queen streetcar service will not be affected. Yonge bus will be re-routing during the festival.
This is a great opportunity to try alternative methods of travel. Car pooling, public transit, cycling and walking are all great ways to minimize vehicle traffic on our roads, minimize environmental damage and allow a more efficient and free flow of traffic.
More info on Car Free Day Toronto
More info on Car Free Day International