With a tagline of “Get Up, Get Out, Get Moving,” Car Free Sundays are back again this year to spread a message about the importance of alternative transportation and also to promote physical activity.
The first event was this past Sunday on Appleby Line. New this year were two “Bike Trains” organized by the Burlington Cycling Committee. One train left from City Hall and the other from Tansley Woods Community Centre. Both made their way through the community towards the Car Free Sunday street festival while stopping along the way to pick up more riders.
We joined the Bike Train as it pulled into the station at Orchard Community Park.
The Car Free Sunday events are designed to connect families and neighbourhoods by bringing the streets alive with activities organized by a variety of organizations and community groups.
When we arrived at the Street Festival, there were hundreds of pedestrians enjoying access to the roadway. Last year, more than 2,000 people came out to support Car-Free Sundays.
Not surprisingly, highlights for my 6-year old were the four free inflatables for kids to bounce, jump, climb and slide on.
Burlington Transit had one of many community displays. I wrote recently about taking a tour of the Burlington Transit Operations Centre hosted by Bob. After that adventure, it wasn’t until I got home that I realized that our tour guide was well-known in our community as “Burlington Bob.” This time I had to get a photo of Mr Burlington and Burlington Bob together!
Burlington Bob was conducting a timed challenge for how quickly cyclists could place their bike securely on the rack in front of the bus.
While I spoke with Bob, a group of boys played “bus driver” inside.
Along the way, we also met Tic Tac the pony from Bertin Stables in Oakville. Free pony rides were being provided to children along the Multi-Use path.
As we progressed down Appleby Line, many forms of entertainment lined the street. A band played on the stage, a Zumba class gave viagra webmd a high-energy demonstration, a martial arts school showed off their skills and this clogging group danced the day away.
The Burlington Alliance Church hosted an extensive Fun Fair with all kinds of kids activities. Here, they dressed Jr Burlington as a pirate and told him to “walk the plank.” Kids could also knock down bowling pins, go fishing in a plastic pool or try a number of classic carnival games. At each activity, prize tickets were awarded that could be later redeemed for a Freezie.
I stopped to speak with the host of the event, Councillor Paul Sharman. We also saw Mayor Goldring along the way, a man who never seems to miss a community event.
Scooby Soccer had a “field” setup for kids to play an impromptu game.
A number of nearby retailers had moved their sidewalk sales to the street.
There are many events in Burlington throughout the year but most of them are centered downtown or at area attractions. As a resident of the east end, it’s a nice change to have an event hosted in our area of town.
The second Car Free Sunday this year is on June 23. It will be hosted by Ward 6 Councillor Blair Lancaster and will take place in the Alton neighbourhood on Palladium Way, starting at when to take cialis for best results 2 p.m.
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