City urges parking of cars for day

International Car Free Day Saturday with free transit and downtown party

Vernonites are being encouraged to hang up their car keys and join the party Saturday.

In celebration of International Car Free Day, the city is hosting a free party downtown in Cenotaph Park (at the transit exchange) from noon to 4 p.m.

Along with a host of activities, the celebration includes free transit all day.

“Active travel choices can positively influence people’s health and well being, enhance the environment and improve the quality of life in our city,” said Wendy Majewski, transportation demand management coordinator for the City of Vernon.

Other event highlights include:

• Decorate your bike from noon to 12:30 p.m. and participate in a mini bike parade at 12:30 p.m.

• Learn safe cycle skills at the Bike Rodeo from 12:30 to 4 p.m. with Community Policing

• Enjoy live entertainment and take part in the fun and interactive activity stations

• Experience the Downtown Trivia Treasure Hunt and try your luck to win Downtown dollars, free transit tickets, prizes from Re-cycled Accessories and golf passes from the Vernon Golf and Country Club.

For more information on this family-friendly event, visit www.vernon.ca/vernonmoves.

The event builds on the city’s commitment to provide alternatives to the single occupant vehicle. Vernon Regional Transit recently expanded its service hours, including evening transit to the Vernon’s downtown core on Friday and Saturday evenings and eight bus trips to UBCO Monday to Friday.

For a fare of $2.50, anyone can get to downtown Kelowna by transferring to a Kelowna bus at the UBCO campus, with the last bus to Vernon leaving Kelowna Airport at 8:07 p.m. Adult day passes have been introduced promoting a day of unlimited trips at a cost of $5 for one zone and $6 two zones which can be more convenient for riders.

While Canadians are more active than they were two decades ago, six in 10 are still insufficiently active to achieve the numerous health benefits of physical activity. A 10 per cent reduction in inactivity could produce health care savings of $150 million each year, according to the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute.

Mayor Rob Sawatzky encourages everyone to get involved.

“Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are two of the most significant issues underlying the health problems most commonly seen in a family doctor’s office,” said Sawatzky.

“Vernon is statistically no different from an average B.C. community in this regard and efforts to increase walking, cycling and overall daily activity have the potential to reap multiple health and well-being benefits.”

For more transit information visit: http://www.transitbc.com/regions/ver/ or visit Vernon City Hall, Nolan’s Pharmacy or your local municipal office to purchase passes and receive your printed transit schedules.