Category: West End Car Free Day

Ping Pong is the world’s most popular game

WERA president, Christine Ackermann, is quoted in this Province article by Ian Austin:

The West End Residents Association turned down its trademark rhetoric, instead bringing along a table and two paddles for “Ping-Pong With A Politician.”

“It’s the world’s most popular game — anybody can play,” said WERA president Christine Ackermann, welcoming all ages and skill levels. “We thought instead of talking about politics, let’s take back the streets and play — and it’s proving to be very popular.”

NDP MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert and would-be MLA Constance Barnes were among those exhibiting less-than-world-class technique, bringing a little street-level populist politics to the masses.

If you missed the feature match between Spencer Chandra Herbert, MLA and Commissioner Constance Barnes, you can watch video highlights on YouTube:

Also, check out our Car Free photos on flickr.


Car Free Day this Sunday, June 17, 8 am – 6 pm

Don’t forget that Denman St. will be closed this Sunday June 17 from 8 am to 8 pm for Car Free Day.

Come join the West End Residents Association (WERA) and play some ping pong.

This is how the event is described on the Car Free Day website:

The West End is one of the more diverse neighbourhoods in Vancouver and Car Free Day gets us all out on the street: young, old, families, couples, single folks. We all get together and celebrate our community and the things we love about it. And no cars makes it even funner! Did we mention all the music is acoustic? Oh ya!!!!

Date: Sunday, June 17th, 2012 (Father’s Day)
Location: We’ll be celebrating on Denman Street between Davie and Robson
Time: Festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. and the street is closed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Some of This Year’s Features in the West End

Vancouver Aquarium
Miss Teen Vancouver World 2012: Miss Nadia Afshar
Vancouver Historical Society
Denman Fitness
Kids’ Zone!
PuddleCity Arts
West End Seniors’ Network
Wilderness Committee
Tango’s Gourmet Meats BBQ
West End Community Bouncy Castle & Fun Games for Kids
and more to come…

Car Free Day: Sunday June 17

Car Free Day is this Sunday, June 17th. Denman Street will be closed from 10am to 8pm and the festival runs Noon to 6pm. More info here.

WERA is participating this year with a fun activity:


Check out our fabulous table tennis table in front of the King George Secondary School at Barclay & Denman.

We’ve invited all our local politicians to play with residents. We’ll even have a highlight match at 1:30pm when Park Board Commissioner Constance Barnes challenges MLA Spencer Chandra Herbert for the Ping Pong title!

Hope to see you there!

Join the Car Free Vancouver team this year

Let’s kick those damn cars off the street and take our public space back.  This Father’s Day, Sunday June 17th, 2012, you and your next door neighbours are going to help us transform your neighbourhood into a freaking carnival!  Bring your ideas, bring your friends, bring your family and participate in this year’s celebration.

Join our creative team this year as a vendor, a performer or a volunteer and be part of something amazing!  Simply click on the link below and choose from the menu provided the area in which you’d like to participate.  Then fill out the appropriate registration form.  We’re looking forward to another year of new and old faces working towards a Car Free world and are excited to be only a few months away!


First West End Car Free Day Planning Meeting

Sunday, March 4
West End Community Centre – Bidwell Room
Volunteer & Join the Planning Committee!  Hope to see you there!

Car-free building: would it work in the West End?

Recently, on Car Free Day (June 19, 2011), WERA asked residents whether or not they would support the following scenario:

Would you rent or buy a suite in a building with no parking other than 9 car-share spots and 315 bicycle spaces?

We came to this question by the way of an article about just such a building in Toronto. In October 2009, Toronto City Council approved this car-free building on University Ave.

WERA is behind the idea of having buildings built for a green future – withonly parking spots for car-share, and incorporating innovative and effective bicycle storage. While we realize this scenario is not for everyone, we believe there is an appetite for this type of building in our community. Also, think about how we could re-direct the savings to create affordable housing. It can cost a developer up to $50,000 to build one parking spot. Imagine if that money was put towards keeping rents low in a percentage of the suites, or building suites specifically for seniors and low-income renters. Surely Vancouver is ready for one of these buildings in our West End?

Here’s what the community had to say on Car Free Day.

(Please add to the mix and leave your own comments below.)

  • More for bike parking – it’ll get us moving physically better
  • Yes, but a West End street park pass
  • Not if it was in a Hollyburn building
  • Yes – if my lifestyle was one that I’d not require a vehicle as long as I am child-free, I can be car-free!
  • Yes if you do have family with kids but if you are living by yourself in downtown it should be fine because everything is close.
  • Absolutely! I bike everywhere :)
  • I might consider it if the cost advantages are passed on to me
  • Yes! When it saves cost to rent or buy!
  • Absolutely!!! Park on the surrounding streets or join a car co-op or better still ride a bike. :)
  • Yes, I don’t have parking now!
  • Great idea! Go for it!
  • No – I don’t have a car but have family and friends who do. Also I own and no parking is bad for resale
  • No – I have friends and relatives who come to visit from all over. In many cases car is the only transportation option.
  • Yes to rent. Transit makes the city accessible. But if I wanted to own, I would want a car & parking. By then I would have a family and need the extra mobility.
  • No – even though I do not have a car our parkign spot is where our bikes are securely stored, where we park the co-op car (when we use it) and where visitors & friends park.
  • Yes. If downtown we could cycle everywhere
  • Yes expecially if the money saved could be used for affordable housing
  • Yes, but a street park pass
  • Yes, I do not own a car and walk almost everywhere.
  • No – it seems it would be pushing parking to the streets making it a city issue rather than a developer issue
  • Yes! Great idea!
  • Yes.
  • Yep! Living in the West End means you don’t need a car.
  • Yes!! More bikes less cars!
  • How about scooter parking area?
  • Yes – we need more affordable housing for people not cars.


Car Free Day Seeks Volunteers

West End Car-Free Day is on Sunday, June 19

Seeking volunteers!

have fun | bring smiles to everyone’s faces | enjoy a day on a car-free street | dress up creative & colourful | laugh with the kids | enjoy music | & happy people for one whole day | or just a few hours

a great way for students to get their volunteer hours, and receive a certificate!

Go to this link & complete the volunteer form:


Opportunities include:

donation collection | barricades | setup & take down | information booth support | bring fun to the street | dress up funny | assist with kids activities | and more!

A volunteer with Car Free Day will be in contact concerning an orientation meeting prior to the festival day.

Love to see you there!