LAVAL, QC, Sept. 11, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Ville de Laval and the Société de transport de Laval are working together to encourage its citizens to change their travel habits and take advantage of active and public transit on Friday, September 20 as part of In Town Without My Car Day!
The Claude-Léveillée and rue Jacques-Tétreault area, between boulevard de l'Avenir and rue Lucien-Paiement, will be closed to regular traffic between noon and 6 pm. The space will be turned into a creative area with many activities taking place.
In addition to a tour of the new STL electric bus, users will also be given a special one dollar rate for the STL's entire network of buses. "This year, we predict a 4% increase in riders" says STL Chief Executive Officer, Guy Picard. Events like the one being held on September 20 are an excellent way to encourage the public to change their communing habits and give them a chance to take the bus at a reduced fare. "
Activities that clear the air!
Citizens of Laval are being offered a chance to see the solar powered car being built for the École Polytechnique de Montréal's Esteban Project. Take a few minutes and borrow some books or board games thanks to the new mobile library service. You can even try out a musical instrument. Exhibitors will include covoiturage.ca, Communauto and representatives from Environmental Services, Urban Planers and the Laval Police will be there to speak with visitors. Thinking about an e-bike? Now is your chance to test one out on the circuit we built just for this occasion.
"We want to motivate people to reappropriate their streets and create a space where active and public transit is encouraged. It's a great way to encourage people to take action and help them to rethink the way they travel and choose healthy and greener alternatives." says Martine Beaugrand, Mayor of Laval.
International "In Town, Without My Car Day" is being celebrated in over 2,150 different cities around the world. Laval will be participating in the event again this year with new programming. The theme of the event will be "Park(ing) Day" where parking spaces will be transformed into works of art. Over twenty organizations and institutions will be modifying their parking spots, turning them into parks and recreational spaces.
SOURCE: Société de transport de Laval
For further information:
Communications and Marketing Director
Société de transport de Laval
Myriam Legault, Communications Officer
Communications and Media Relations Division - Ville de Laval
418 374-6888, extension 5921