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Inspired by the phenomenon of car free days in Europe, Car Free Fremont (a.k.a, Car-free-MONT) will make a section of the Fremont neighborhood car-free on Sunday, September 16, 2001 from 9 am - 9 pm. In true Fremont tradition, this car-free day will be an event, integrating public art and performance while reclaiming the streets.
What's New:
  • Work Parties! Every Night - Sep 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, from 6 - 10 pm at 112 35th Street, right in the heart of the car-free zone. Please bring paints, brushes, and plywood for signs! Call 206-979-6771 if need be.
  • Schedule of Events and Activities! So much to do, so little time!
  • Press Release #2 - Schedule of FREE Events & Activities [ .pdf | plain text ]
  • Press Release #1 - Fremont Divorces Automobile for a Day [ .pdf | plain text ]
  • Map of CONFIRMED car-free zone
Join Us! Sunday, September 16, 2001

Can you live without your car for just one day?

Accept the challenge! Plan on living car-free on Sunday, September 16, 2001. Run all your errands on Saturday. On Sunday, try getting around town using public transportation, self-propelled wheels, or just your own two feet! Come celebrate with an all-day block party in Fremont. Play street games! Learn how to fix your bike! Get funky at our roller disco circle! Grind a rail on our skateboard and 'blade street course! Kick it at the Crossroads Lounge! Dance and play music at the Traffic Circle Drum Circle! Or just do your own thing... the streets belong to you. [see map below]

poster coming soon!

Help spread the word by printing and distributing the skateboarding Lenin handout. More promo materials coming soon!


  • Raise awareness of alternative transportation, especially non-motorized modes
  • Reclaim the streets with fun events
  • Add new public art to Fremont
  • Celebrate Fremont as a walkable community
  • Send the message that cities should be organized around PEOPLE, not cars
  • Provide a networking opportunity for alternative transportation activists
  • Set a precedent for other communities to follow

Events: Click here for a complete schedule of FREE events & activities


35th St. and Canal St. between 1st Ave. and Phinney Ave. will be CLOSED to automobiles on Sunday, September 16, 2001, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. [back to top]

If you think of car-free living as just the typical North American suburban lifestyle without the cars, it sounds horrible. But if you think of it as an opportunity to live in real neighborhoods, to get more exercise in the natural course of your day without joining a health club, to patronize local businesses instead of some multinational conglomerate, to not have to chauffeur your children everywhere, to gain an annual tax-free increase in disposable income worth several thousand dollars, to redesign your community out of strip mall ugliness and into a real "there," and to lose your fear of people who are racially or socio-economically "different," it sounds a lot better. - Karen Sandness

Car Free Fremont is made possible by a grant from the City of Seattle CarSmart Communities Program