With one month to go until the capital’s biggest ever Car Free Day celebrations, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced details of hundreds of free activities to help Londoners ‘reclaim’ their streets on Sunday 22 September.
A classic cycle ride and yoga and meditation sessions on Tower Bridge will be among the highlights at the Central London ‘Reimagine’ event, with something for people of all ages to enjoy. The programme will run between 10.30am and 5pm across 20km of traffic-free roads – the equivalent of nearly 200 football pitches in length – around Tower Bridge, London Bridge and the City of London.
Other events include:
- Bank Junction will be transformed into its first ever car-free festival space, with a picnic area and musical entertainment provided from a solar-powered stage.
- There will be a hedge maze in Cheapside, with car parking spaces becoming ‘parklets’ filled with a variety of activities including games, gardening and a place to sit and enjoy relaxing music.
- Children will be able to build and race their own go-karts in nearby Poultry
Each activity is centred around five main themes – move, chill, taste, play and show – with events ranging from street food stalls and arts and crafts for children, to a Tower of London historical re-enactment of the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. Pop-up playgrounds, guided walks and bike rides on traffic-free roads, art installations and BMX rides will also be on offer.
Santander Cycles is offering free hires across London on Car Free Day to encourage people to cycle to and from the event. There are 11,500 bikes available at more than 750 docking stations across the capital, with extra cycles being made available around the event area to cater for increased demand.
Car Free Day is marked across the world and the Mayor hopes over 150,000 Londoners will join in London’s Reimagine events, which will help encourage the change in behaviour needed to meet the Mayor’s ambitious target of 80 per cent of all journeys to be taken via sustainable modes of transport by 2041, compared to 63 per cent today.
Air pollution is one of the biggest health emergencies of our generation, with more than two million Londoners living in areas that exceed legal limits for NO2, including more than 400,000 children under the age of 18.
The Mayor has taken bold action to tackle London’s toxic air, from delivering the first Ultra Low Emission Zone in Central London to transforming London’s bus fleets into one of the greenest in the world. Sadiq wants to encourage Londoners to walk, cycle, and use public transport and opt for electric vehicles to help reduce harmful emissions from older, more polluting vehicles.
All Car Free Day events are free to attend and no tickets are required – people can just turn up on the day and take part.