Car Free Schools

This past spring, HASTe helped organize the first-ever Car Free Festivals in Vancouver for high schools. Great events to promote active travel and kick off a car-free summer. Click here to find out more.

Car Free Schools was developed as a test model for car-free events at Vancouver schools. HASTe set out to improve collaborations and partnerships on school transportation issues and to reduce driving rates to Vancouver schools, and of course, have a little fun doing it! With the help of student leaders at Sir Winston Churchill, Eric Hamber, and Windermere Secondary, each school was able to create a festival that attracted a captive student audience and promote the idea of active travel by shutting down the street to cars and opening it to creative ideas and programming.

The numbers speak for themselves:



  • approximately 3000 participants at all 3 festivals
  • 250 volunteers
  • 120 activity leaders
  • 3 core organizing teams
  • Each school is excited to run the event again next year and additional schools have expressed an interest in participating as well.

    Thanks to all the supporting organizations who helped to make this an incredible success and we look forward to next year’s events!

    Read the editorial from the Metro News.

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