From time to time, especially when you live in a big city, getting back to the basics can be incredibly refreshing. Talking face to face instead of texting, reading a book instead of watching TV, and (this is a big one) walking instead of driving are all things that can feel pretty dang good. For this reason, the folks in Inglewood have announced Car-Free Sundays, a new initiative to get people out, about, on their feet and supporting Calgary’s small businesses.
Though it’s a heck of a lot easier to get around from behind the wheel, zooming through the inner city can actually cause you to pass by a ton of locally-owned shops and restaurants worth checking out.
This August, Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood is taking a ‘simple life approach, asking that on the last day of every weekend, Calgarians park elsewhere and use their legs to get around instead.
We are proud to present CAR FREE SUNDAYS #InInglewood. For the month of August, 9th Ave will be shut down to all vehicles on Sundays. Businesses will have the opportunity to extend their storefronts to the sidewalk and visitors can enjoy Calgary’s original mainstreet.#yyc pic.twitter.com/4XnwWOtEQD
— Inglewood Calgary (@InglewoodYYC) July 22, 2021
In addition to the area making it a heck of a lot more difficult to fly by those businesses, this weekly pilot will also give shop owners the opportunity to comfortably extend their storefronts onto the street.
A lot fewer cars means plenty of more space to explore, and we’re all for it.
When: Every Sunday
Where: 9th Avenue, Inglewood