Save Cars and Coffee Kortrijk
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On may 21st the first Cars and Coffee event in Belgium was held in the city centre of Kortrijk. Because of some noise issues and unsafe driving by a couple of people present, the Mayor of Kortrijk and the city councel have communicated that the organizer of the event will be held accountable and the event can no longer take place.
While I do not condone unsafe driving or acts of car hooliganism on the road, I feel that this is a total overreaction on the city's authorities part and none of the reported issues are particulary hard to resolve. As a participant of this event, I'm thus saddened and dissapointed by their swift decision to ban this event.
Being a non-profit initiative, Cars and Coffee Kortrijk is free of charge for both participants and visitors, making attendance accessible to anyone, unlike some other events that occupy the city centre and are based on pure commerce. Such selfless acts of initiative should be supported and encouraged in an inclusive society, not oppressed.
The primary role and function of a city is to provide a public space where people can come together to participate in common activities. An event like Cars and Coffee brings a lot of people interested in cars to the center of Kortrijk, much to the benefit of local hotels, restaurants and pubs.
So sign this petition when you were in Kortrijk on may the 21st 2017, enjoyed your time there while visiting the event, thought it was a laudable initiative and agree that this event should be allowed to continue in the future, given suitable precautions and adjustments for safety and well being for its attendees.
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