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New festival to inspire 'car free' Port Coquitlam commuting

Music, beer and mini-golf highlight a new downtown Port Coquitlam event that hopes to encourage sustainable transportation.
Port Coquitlam is hosting its first-ever Car Free Day on Sept. 10, 2023. The free festival encourages residents to take transit, walk or cycle to the downtown core and learn more about sustainable transportation.

Port Coquitlam is arguably one of the most commuter-friendly communities in Metro Vancouver.

Aside from a SkyTrain station, of which the city has advocated for several years, there are several public transportation options like buses and the West Coast Express for regional riders.

There are also 101 km of bike paths and walking trails that connect PoCo neighbourhoods.

Officials are now hoping to educate the public on the benefits of leaving their vehicles are home as often as they can at a downtown street festival next month.

Car Free Day will take over McAllister Avenue for the first time ever on Sept. 10.

According to a release, the free family-friendly event, which takes place in communities across Canada each year, includes try-it stations and booths to give interested residents a taste of what sustainable commuting can look like.

"Initiatives such as Car Free Days are a great opportunity to try other modes of transportation, whether it's transit, cycling, walking and more," said Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West.

The festival is being organized by the city, the Downtown PoCo Business Improvement Association (BIA) and TransLink.

"We're excited to help support Port Coquitlam's first-ever Car Free Day as we invite families across our region to experience the best of their neighbourhoods in sustainable ways," added TransLink CEO Kevin Quinn.

"This is the perfect time for people in Metro Vancouver to leave their car keys at home and do their part by committing to a greener future."

Car Free Day is set to feature two stage areas that consist of the following:

  • Activities....
    • Mini golf
    • Ninja obstacle course
    • Bicycle skills zone
  • Electric vehicles on display
  • Live music
  • Children's and roving entertainment
  • Food trucks
  • Local Breweries
  • Informational booths by local businesses and community groups

Car Free Day in Port Coquitlam is scheduled for Sept. 10 from noon to 8 p.m.

It's one of five taking place next month — three across Vancouver and one in North Vancouver.

More details about PoCo's Car Free Day are set to be released before the end of August, the city said.