Imagine a world with no cars – the world seems to move so much slowly, for four hours on Sunday, that’s what happened in Sault Ste. Marie on the riverfront streets of St. Mary’s River Drive and Foster Drive for Car Free Sunday.
Car Free Sunday is the final event for “Soo Moves” – an extended awareness campaign and event series promoting healthy living and positive attitudes towards active transportation in Sault Ste. Marie.
From 9:30am to 1pm, the streets were closed to vehicular traffic to invite people to walk, roll or bike. “We’re just seeing how this event would work” explained Steve Turco, a SooMoves member. Though the street wasn’t bustling with participants, the ones who did take the opportunity seemed to enjoy walking their dog, or a family outing on the bikes and just a stroll along the riverfront without dodging traffic.
Turco told SaultOnline.com that other cities such as Windsor and Ottawa embraced the
no car” events, even on some of the busiest streets in those cities. Turco wonders how a car free event would go over on a portion of Great Northern Road in the future or the entire downtown area.
The Sault Trails Advisory Committee is a volunteer organization established in
2001 made up of representatives from the City of Sault Ste. Marie Planning and
Engineering staff, Algoma Public Health, Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation
Authority, Sault Cycling Club, ADSB, Water Tower Inn, Sault Finnish Nordic Ski
Club and the Sault Naturalists.