Thursday, September 23, 2004,: CarFree Day in Oakland!
- From: Greenbelt Alliance <info@...>
Subject: Event Announcement: CarFree Day in Oakland!
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 11:23:18 -0700
Downtown Oakland CarFree Day
September 23, 2004
The City of Oakland is joining with dozens of cities around the globe to
observe World CarFree Day. Oakland's event is scheduled for Thursday,
September 23, 2004, to coincide with the Regional "Rideshare Thursdays"
promotion, which encourages commuters to use commute alternatives. A
transportation fair will be held at Frank Ogawa Plaza (14th and Broadway)
from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. A press conference is scheduled for noon on City
The City of Oakland and the CarFree Day Steering Committee - a consortium of
area businesses, employers, transit agencies and nonprofit groups - are
organizing the event. On CarFree Day, commuters will be encouraged to try
an alternative to driving alone to work. Event festivities include displays,
demonstrations, music, fun activities, and prizes. This event will be a
great opportunity for everyone to learn about and experience available
travel options. Information will be displayed by a broad representation of
organizations that provide services, make policy and build projects that
encourage using public transit, carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, walking,
telecommuting and smart growth. Less car-dependent living has many
benefits, including decreased traffic congestion, better air quality, more
free time, better health and less sprawl.
The Downtown Oakland CarFree Day event will be promoted to Oakland employers
and their employees, transit users, downtown shoppers and area residents.
World CarFree Day became an annual event in 2000 and last year garnered
participation from 295 cities and towns in Europe as well as seven cities in
the United States and numerous others from Edmonton to Adelaide to New
Additional information and updates are available on the event website at
http://www.carfreecity.us/Oakland.html. Or contact Gus Yates of CarFree
City USA (510-849-4412, gus@...) or Jackie Stiasny of RIDES for
Bay Area Commuters (jstiasny@..., 510-273-2070).
631 Howard Street, Suite 510
San Francisco, CA 94105
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