Sunday, June 22 is the date for the Valley’s “Go Smart Day”, a street festival that provides opportunities for people to literally play in the streets. Segments of select streets are closed to vehicular traffic from noon to 4pm so that other ‘people uses’ may take place in the streets of downtown Courtenay. (Scroll to the bottom of this page to view the poster.)
Imagine Comox Valley is hosting the event in partnership with a number of community partners and invites all citizens of all ages to enjoy a fresh perspective in Downtown Courtenay! Experience something new by participating in the Road Runner’s Fun Run or the open criterium, by helping your kids decorate their bikes, creating street art, listening to live music, enjoying a street café meal or a Community Garden potluck, or riding the One Thirty Three/Jump Camp skate park.
The event will be held on 4th, 5th and 6th Streets as well as the cross streets of Duncan Avenue, England Avenue and the portion of Fitzgerald Avenue between 4th and 6th street. See map inset. Portions of the route will provide opportunities for the races, shown as ‘fast zone’ on the map.
Such festivals are organized all over the world as a way to bring communities together in the roads and streets of our cities, towns and villages. The absence of traffic can make the streets a pleasant place to congregate, as they are quieter and there is less air pollution than on a typical day. The recently held popular Elevate the Arts festival in downtown Courtenay showed just how lively and enjoyable our streets can be!
An event like Go Smart Day requires community support and engagement, and the organisers welcome feedback and ideas. If you want to be a part of the event, you can get involved by signing up to be a sponsor, vendor or volunteer, entertainment or activity provider all of which can be done by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks to our sponsors
This may all sound familiar because it is! This year Imagine Comox Valley is once again spear heading a celebration of one of our most common yet underutilized (or mono-utilized) public assets - our streets! Previous years this was called Car Free Sunday. This year we’re aiming to use some more inclusive language in a hope to grow the movement even more!
Please join us in downtown Courtenay on Sunday June 22, noon - 4pm for Go Smart Day! (see map for the route)
We are looking for participants of all types! Please share this with your networks and consider supporting this creative, engaging, status-quo challenging event in any or all of the following ways:
2. Host an activity. Be an attraction organizer, entertainment provider or host health and fitness, arts or culture activities! We have lots of space on the loop (see map attached) for organized and spontaneous activity. A hall mark of this event is that it is not overly scripted or organized so we welcome whatever you might have to bring to the day that day. That being said some heads up on what we organizers can expect is also appreciated as some races and other scheduled events will occur. (and if you have an activity that our insurance might not cover, it’s good to check with us! E.g. No booze and no bleachers please). So please let me know if you do plan to hold an activity by contacting me by email: email@example.com
or phone: 250 898 9045
The first two Car Free Sundays inspired live music, chalk art, tango in the streets, card games, stilt walkers, community booths, skateboard demos, garage sales, store specials, roller derby demos, restaurant deals and many other initiatives. We’re very excited to see what the people come up with this year for Go Smart Day!
3. Be a sponsor, vendor or volunteer! Volunteers will be asked to ‘host’ a blocked off intersection to remind traffic of the diversion. The shifts are only 2h and are in groups of two to allow you to also participate in the festivities and to share it with a friend. Intersection volunteers are encouraged to ‘activate’ their space with games, music, dance or whatever works for you. An orientation will be provided in advance of the event. To volunteer contact David Frisch at firstname.lastname@example.org
. To learn more on how to help sponsor the event please contact Monique Robertson at email@example.com
4. Just come out on the day of the event with friends and family! We’d love to show the whole community how vibrant and alive our asphalt can be when we all use the space creatively!
Looking forward to working with you on Go Smart Day 2014! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or ideas!
Many thanks to our sponsors
On Thursday, May 23rd Imagine Comox Valley once again organised and presented a TEDx event.
(TEDx = an independently organised TED event.)
You can view some images from the event here, or alternatively you can visit the event page on Facebook.com and see some comments and feedback there. Thanks to the steady hand and skilled eye of Blue Bamboo Productions you can also view a video clip of each of the talks in this Youtube Playlist. Or you can view them below…
The organisers wish to extend their heartfelt thanks to Michael Fountain and Dan Peruzzo of Blue Bamboo Productions, and highly recommend them to anyone looking for videography services.