The 2010 edition of the Bow River Flow is on Sunday August 22. It’s a celebration of human-powered transportation, running from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
The two south lanes (eastbound) of Memorial Drive will be closed to motorized traffic from 3 Street NW to 9 Street NW. Instead, this stretch will be open only to human-powered transportation. So you can walk, roll, bike, skate, hop, run, jog, to your heart’s content. Just don’t try to drive your motor vehicle there. In fact, it would be best to leave your car at home and take transit down instead.
The Bow River Flow is a celebration of healthy active lifestyles – a non-commercialized, non-motorized celebration where one day of the week we share the road and allow excess lanes to be enjoyed by people in a safe, car-free environment.
Of course, Calgary City Council had a big fight over this idea last year. Area Alderman Druh Farrell’s original idea was to close part of Memorial Drive to motorized traffic for every Sunday in August. Then the shit hit the fan. Much had to do with the way Ms. Farrell brought this in. There was also a lot of bitching and complaining that it would interfere with traffic, slowing things down too much on Memorial Drive. People really need to get out of their cars and trucks every once in a while, and go for a walk. Unfortunately, all many Calgarians could think about was how it would (or might) inconvenience them. Eventually, it was agreed to have this not on every Sunday in August, but on only one Sunday in August.
So no matter what you think of the way this event came to be, it is important to get out there and have some fun. Go play with your friends and family along the banks of the Bow River. Go enjoy the free entertainment that is lined up for this year’s event. Just go. Perhaps a brand new Council will be elected this October. One that is capable of making a decision. Perhaps then, within a couple years, the Bow River Flow Festival will happen each and every Sunday in August. One can dream.