May Fete: Solar EVs and Car-Free Streets

Last weekend, I took Elliot to Palo Alto's 93rd annual "May Fete Childrens Parade." I anticipated that University Avenue wouldn't have any cars on it - but I wasn't prepared for how it would feel to be on a street full of people instead of cars. Especially a street as beautiful as University Avenue. Look at the photos and you can feel it for yourself:

 This is what University Avenue usually looks like.

This is what University Avenue usually looks like.

 This is what University Avenue looked like on Saturday, car-free.

This is what University Avenue looked like on Saturday, car-free.

The other thing I wasn't prepared for was the amazing creativity on display. We were particularly fascinated by the collection of EV jalopies from the local junior high school electric car clubs. Our favorite was this one - powered (and shaded) with its own solar canopy!

 Elliot checks out the solar-powered electric car, built by students at the JLS Jr. High Electric Car Club.

Elliot checks out the solar-powered electric car, built by students at the JLS Jr. High Electric Car Club.