How can we change this for September 2009?
I'm so glad you asked!
Anyone can get involved with Transportation for Livable Communities which organizes the car free day in Hamilton. I was involved last year and this year.
Basically, we have to get organized sooner (before the end of the year) for the necessary permits if we really want to cause shit as per the examples you mentioned.
The city has been approached in the past and shrugged it off, but with Eiseneberger at the wheel, I feel that has potential to change in coming years. Larger cities the world over have made car free day an official event.
I think we have a shot at it for next year. In the meantime, here's what's going on in Hamilton this week: