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Old 12-13-15, 07:11 PM
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Christmas

What sorts of things are your cities doing to reduce motorised vehicle traffic as people go to Christmas events, do their shopping, etc.?

And on a more personal note ... have you been going about your Christmas preparations, events, etc. in a car-free or car-light manner? Tell us about that + tips and tricks for those who might be new to this.



(Remember, every little bit counts, so let's keep this positive. Keep the criticism and negativity to a minimum.

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From last year ...


Every year our city hosts a Carols by Candlelight. It has become so big, they run it over 2 nights. The event is free (but you do need to get tickets) and it is well attended.

City of Hobart | Carols by Candlelight

One feature of the event is the transportation to and from the venue. In the interests of reducing traffic ...

"Metro buses are providing a FREE bus service to and from the event each night for ticket holders. Simply show your ticket to the bus driver for the following services."



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The city has also started their free park and ride shuttle service from the Regatta Grounds to the centre of the city. Most would still drive to the Regatta Grounds, but this does ease the traffic in the centre of the city, and it encourages walking throughout the centre of the city to the various shops, events, etc.

City of Hobart | Park & Ride Shuttle Service
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Old 12-13-15, 07:33 PM
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Winnipeg Transit offers a free ride on New Year's Eve. It has been doing this since I lived there more than a decade ago now. I think the main goal is to reduce drinking and driving, but it can be a good way to get to the fireworks and other New Year's Eve events.

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What sorts of things are your cities doing to reduce motorised vehicle traffic as people go to Christmas events, do their shopping, etc.?
My city is doing absolutely zero nada zilch to reduce traffic around christmass time...This is the time of the year that sees most traffic congestion, most road rage, most arguments between drivers fighting about who gets the best parking spot closest to the store entrance and more road deaths and accidents from drunk driving and distracted driving. Cops are extra busy this time of the year and so are tow trucks drivers and bodyshops.
Dangerous time for cyclists and pedestrians as everybody is rushing around doing their christmass shopping. The only good thing about this part of the year is that I get 2 weeks off from work and I can relax and visit with some of my family members and relatives. Other then that I hate everything about this time of the year. Christmas is not what it used to be long time ago.
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What sorts of things are your cities doing to reduce motorised vehicle traffic as people go to Christmas events, do their shopping, etc.?
We cycling advocates have been meeting with our new mayor and have reached an agreement with him under which the city will encourage people to ride their bicycles to the town center to do their Christmas shopping instead of driving there. A publicity campaign that will include videos and and internet adverts is being put together.

Un plan municipal incentivará el uso de la bici para ir al Centro en Navidad
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Old 12-18-15, 09:01 AM
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Winnipeg Transit offers a free ride on New Year's Eve. It has been doing this since I lived there more than a decade ago now. I think the main goal is to reduce drinking and driving, but it can be a good way to get to the fireworks and other New Year's Eve events.
Toronto Transit as well, often sponsored by a liquor company - this year Corby's.
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Merry Christmas -- 2016

How is your Christmas season going? Is your area doing anything to make living car free or car light easier? What about you ... how are you accomplishing your Christmas endeavours.
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I'm not sure if the quite qualifies, but I got a good laugh about it from the local used stuff recycler (Bring) a week ago.

We're closed for Thanksgiving!
Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25

Black Friday kicks off holiday season shopping. During the next four weeks, our households will generate 25 percent more waste on average than any other month during the year. So BRING is celebrating Buy Nothing Day instead of having a sale.
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Did Christmas shopping early, mostly via Amazon. So car free... but not truck free.

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I'm having a humbug year for the most part. Except for xmas with my honeypie.
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I stopped doing christmas shopping many years ago. It's madness out there, worse then black Friday.
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Did Christmas shopping early, mostly via Amazon. So car free... but not truck free.

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Yeah, I'm thinking of going the Amazon gift card route this year.
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I'm doing about 90% of my shopping online. I'm looking forward to Christmas, it is my grand baby's second Christmas and she is old enough to open presents.
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I'm doing about 90% of my shopping online. I'm looking forward to Christmas, it is my grand baby's second Christmas and she is old enough to open presents.
No grandchildren yet, but we do have a new puppy. We'll see how she handles it.
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No grandchildren yet, but we do have a new puppy. We'll see how she handles it.
I hope you have presents for her under the tree
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Myself and others paid car-free homage in Sterling Heights, MI.
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Myself and others paid car-free homage in Sterling Heights, MI.
Note: Wise Men; Jesus, Mary, Joseph -- all car free.
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I hope you have presents for her under the tree
Oh yes. Our last dog wasn't too clever at opening his own presents, but this one is a terrier, so I think she'll catch on quickly!
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We cycling advocates have been meeting with our new mayor and have reached an agreement with him under which the city will encourage people to ride their bicycles to the town center to do their Christmas shopping instead of driving there. A publicity campaign that will include videos and and internet adverts is being put together.

Un plan municipal incentivará el uso de la bici para ir al Centro en Navidad
Genuine interest here... how did the promotion go? Is it being repeated this year?
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Note: Wise Men; Jesus, Mary, Joseph -- all car free.
So is the fantasy of Santa Claus/Father Christmas with his sleigh and reindeer.
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My Schwinn is in the shop and every time is snowed hard this year so far the city came through here first for a change and Zambonied it.


So I guess the answer is nothing for a while. It's 9F out there and even my other two bikes are in the living room. I got 98% of the Christmas shopping done over the last year and Mom came over and gave me a ride to the post office because it was all too much for a bike.


Hopefully it gets there in time and it cost a mint.


Time with Mom - Priceless (not true, she had to fiil her tank before she left home 35 miles away).


I hope it stay below 80F in TAS and the bushfire season is not too bad. I hear Santa is yachting Port Philip Bay and hanging out at Luna Park in St. Kilda.


Would not blame him since it's 29C/84F there.
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Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
Note: Wise Men; Jesus, Mary, Joseph -- all car free.

Donkeys, camels -- emissions hazards


But Manger 6 was open.
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Genuine interest here... how did the promotion go? Is it being repeated this year?
Last year's promotion was quite successful. The ads aren't being repeated this year but, as is the case every year, cars will not be allowed in the city center, and pedestrians and cyclists will take over the streets. If only it could stay that way all year round!
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So is the fantasy of Santa Claus/Father Christmas with his sleigh and reindeer.

Santa has a hot Mercedes, haven't you seen the ad?


Apparently he got tired of tobogganing in a Norelco triple header.
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