Car Free Day is the Best Place to Meet Your Neighbours

Jun 14, 2019

It all started in the Grandview-Woodlands neighbourhood over concerns that widening the Gateway highway would cause an increase in car traffic. Instead of holding a protest, a street festival was created to help people rethink the uses of their neighbourhood streets. Vancouver streets have the typical perception of being congested with cars travelling bumper to bumper in busy city traffic. Since 2004, Car Free Days have started changing this perception by allowing individuals to reimagine the use of their neighbourhood streets. For these annual events, Vancouverites can enjoy seeing car traffic replaced with foot traffic.

Car Free Day is a street festival in various locations around Vancouver organized by locals residing in each Car Free Day neighbourhood. It is a celebration and exhibit of Vancouver art and culture. In spaces normally occupied by cars, individuals can meet local artists, speak to fellow residents, engage with businesses, and interact with non-profits. By reclaiming the streets as community public spaces, neighbourhoods can start transforming Vancouver’s car-dependent culture into one where other modes of transportation thrive.

Glance Pay will be participating in Main Street’s Car Free Day in 2019! From 12:00 to 7:00 PM, stop by the Glance Pay booth located between 27th and 28th avenue to spin the prize wheel. Individuals will have a chance to win free food at Glance-accepted restaurants around Main Street.

Getting Hungry at Car Free Day?

Walking long distances can make the stomach grumble.

Step 1 – Download Glance Pay

Step 2 – Visit the Glance Pay booth and spin the wheel

Step 3 – Win Rewards

Step 4 –  Spend them at the following locations:

 

Chickpea

If you love delicious food that just happens to be vegan, Chickpea is the place for you. This restaurant was founded by fellow food lovers Rotem and Itamar. What started out as a food truck has now expanded into a brick and mortar store. They serve exquisite mediterranean inspired dishes and is now officially 100% vegan. After seeing what Car Free Day has to offer, be sure to arrive at Chickpea on Main Street hungry!

 

Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Rocky Mountain Flatbread on Main street opened its doors back in 2008, blessing its guests with forno fired pizzas, pastas, salads, and desserts. With a kids play kitchen and bar, the restaurant is perfect for all members of the family. On Sundays from 5-7 PM, Rocky Mountain Flatbread offers family pizza-making nights to the young foodies of the future to enjoy some pizza-making fun. After reaching your step goals for the day from walking Main Street, stop by Rocky Mountain Flatbread for a perfect ending to the Car Free Day festival.

 

Fable Diner

Vancouverites love Fable Diner for their farm to table philosophy brought on by Top Chef Canada’s Trevor Bird. People flock to the restaurant located in the historic Lee building for their tasty potato rosti, thick-cut pork belly bacon, and loaded french toast. Since opening its doors in 2016, the diner has received numerous accolades and has made an appearance on Food Network’s Diners Drive-Ins and Dives. Keep Fable Diner top of mind when deciding where to take a break during Main Street’s Car Free Day.

See you at Car Free Day!

It all started in the Grandview-Woodlands neighbourhood over concerns that widening the Gateway highway would cause an increase in car traffic. Instead of holding a protest, a street festival was created to help people rethink the uses of their neighbourhood streets. Vancouver streets have the typical perception of being congested with cars travelling bumper to bumper in busy city traffic. Since 2004, Car Free Days have started changing this perception by allowing individuals to reimagine the use of their neighbourhood streets. For these annual events, Vancouverites can enjoy seeing car traffic replaced with foot traffic.

Car Free Day is a street festival in various locations around Vancouver organized by locals residing in each Car Free Day neighbourhood. It is a celebration and exhibit of Vancouver art and culture. In spaces normally occupied by cars, individuals can meet local artists, speak to fellow residents, engage with businesses, and interact with non-profits. By reclaiming the streets as community public spaces, neighbourhoods can start transforming Vancouver’s car-dependent culture into one where other modes of transportation thrive.

Glance Pay will be participating in Main Street’s Car Free Day in 2019! From 12:00 to 7:00 PM, stop by the Glance Pay booth located between 27th and 28th avenue to spin the prize wheel. Individuals will have a chance to win free food at Glance-accepted restaurants around Main Street.

Getting Hungry at Car Free Day?

Walking long distances can make the stomach grumble.

Step 1 – Download Glance Pay

Step 2 – Visit the Glance Pay booth and spin the wheel

Step 3 – Win Rewards

Step 4 –  Spend them at the following locations:

 

Chickpea

If you love delicious food that just happens to be vegan, Chickpea is the place for you. This restaurant was founded by fellow food lovers Rotem and Itamar. What started out as a food truck has now expanded into a brick and mortar store. They serve exquisite mediterranean inspired dishes and is now officially 100% vegan. After seeing what Car Free Day has to offer, be sure to arrive at Chickpea on Main Street hungry!

 

Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Rocky Mountain Flatbread on Main street opened its doors back in 2008, blessing its guests with forno fired pizzas, pastas, salads, and desserts. With a kids play kitchen and bar, the restaurant is perfect for all members of the family. On Sundays from 5-7 PM, Rocky Mountain Flatbread offers family pizza-making nights to the young foodies of the future to enjoy some pizza-making fun. After reaching your step goals for the day from walking Main Street, stop by Rocky Mountain Flatbread for a perfect ending to the Car Free Day festival.

 

Fable Diner

Vancouverites love Fable Diner for their farm to table philosophy brought on by Top Chef Canada’s Trevor Bird. People flock to the restaurant located in the historic Lee building for their tasty potato rosti, thick-cut pork belly bacon, and loaded french toast. Since opening its doors in 2016, the diner has received numerous accolades and has made an appearance on Food Network’s Diners Drive-Ins and Dives. Keep Fable Diner top of mind when deciding where to take a break during Main Street’s Car Free Day.

See you at Car Free Day!

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