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Challenging Car Culture: About Us

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We advocate for accessible and active transportation, and for free, sustainable mass transit. We challenge the idea that cars are the default way to get around.

Join the #ChallengeCarCulture Coalition and #ThinkOutsideTheCar with us. Private vehicles are not our future, and they do not serve our planet or our communities. While they've come to be thought of as the default way to get around, this hasn't been the case for most of human history and it's pretty obvious who's benefiting...the automobile and petro industries! We can do better. We can move as a community with free, accessible, public transit, and walkable, bikable, rollable neighbourhoods.

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Join us on Zoom on the 1st Monday of each month from 5:30-7pm NT for our monthly general meeting.
All are welcome! Email us for the meeting link.

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Pop Up Crossing Guards

A proactive response to pedestrian safety concerns: Challenge Car Culture members host "Pop Up Crossing Guard'' events around St. John’s. This initiative, launched early in 2023, sees volunteers hit the streets to help pedestrians cross safely, foster positive community interactions, and draw attention to the follies and dangers of car centric culture and neighborhoods. 

Equipped with high visibility vests and homemade stop signs, Challenge Car Culture volunteers pop up in areas known for their lack of safe crossings or stressful pedestrian experiences. Our first event took place at the junction of Military Road, Bonaventure Avenue, and Garrison Hill, helping people navigate the triangular crosswalks, where motorists often fail to stop appropriately. The second pop-up was during the NL Folk Festival, where the team set up at the intersection of Military Avenue and Bannerman Road, ensuring festival attendees could navigate the area safely.

Reception from the community has been resoundingly favorable, with pedestrians expressing gratitude for the increased safety and reduced anxiety experienced during the pop-ups. The homemade stop signs have proven to be particularly effective, catching the attention of drivers and facilitating smoother interactions between pedestrians and motorists.

Challenge Car Culture's Pop Up Crossing Guard initiative represents a practical approach to fostering people-centered neighborhoods, making a tangible difference in pedestrian safety and challenging the prevailing car-centric culture. Would you like to see us at a crosswalk or intersection near you, or join us on the streets for a pop-up? Don’t hesitate to get in touch.