Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Ashland's Carfree Day
I've been trying to collect information on Carfree Days celebrated throughout the US. Here's what Paige West, RVTD TDM Planner in Medford, says is happening in Ashland: "Last year was the first year Ashland, OR closed a busy downtown street for the day, Sept 22nd, although Ashland has been coordinating a Car Free Day (originally called quality of life day) since 1997. On this closed street we had many fun activities including a Bike Rodeo, Freestyle tricks demo, unique and fun bikes to ride, chalk art, How-To bicycle maintenance, educational booths, and walking and cycling tours. We also announce the Transportation Hero Award winner and coordinated a Bike-In movie in a local park showing Pee Wee's Big Adventure. A restaurant on the closed street took advantage of the extra 'traffic'' by having an outdoor eatery. We set up benches in the street and a local nursery let us borrow greenery. The booths were set up on the sidewalk, forcing people to be in the street, and we had banners waving toward the car traffic on either side of us. We will be continuing on with this tradition each year."