09/20/2013 05:42 EDT | Updated 11/20/2013 05:12 EST

Montreal goes Car-Free

A select group of downtown streets is closed to traffic today for Montreal's annual Car-Free Day.

- Square Victoria and McGill streets between Viger and St-Antoine Street West are closed to cars until 11:59 p.m Friday.

- Ste-Antoine Street West between University Street and Saint-Alexandre Street is closed until 7 p.m. tonight.​

Parking is also prohibited until 11:59 p.m. Friday along the following:

- Square Victoria Street

- Viger Street West between University and St-Alexandre streets

- St-Antoine Street West between University and St-Alexandre streets

- Beaver Hall between Rene-Levesque West and Viger West

- McGill Street between St-Maurice and St-Jacques streets.

Car-Free Day takes place in 2,150 cities worldwide.

The event aims to get people thinking about the negative effects of cars on the quality of urban life.

To celebrate Car-Free Day, Montreal turned over its streets to pedestrians, musicians and street hockey. The event also included a workshop by the local street artist, Roadsworth.

Montreal’s Car-Free Day is organized by Montreal’s metropolitan transit agency (AMT).

This Sunday, Sept. 22, will also see Atwater Street closed between Duvernay and Rufus Rockhead streets between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a local version of Car-Free Day.