World Car Free Day 2019: celebrate with Living Streets groups across London

Tower Bridge imagined on London Car Free Day: TfL

Streets across the capital will close on Sunday as part of World Car Free Day, including more than 20km of roads around Tower Bridge, London Bridge and the City of London as part of the Mayor’s Reimagine event.

This will feature a car-free festival space on Bank junction, a sunrise yoga session on Tower Bridge and a hedge maze and food markets on Cheapside.

Boroughs across the capital will also be holding their own celebrations, including 24 boroughs hosting more than 340 play streets.

What’s on


Brenda Puech, from Hackney Living Streets, will be at Bank Junction with Living Streets HQ with her legendary parklet, which has led to a change in council policy allowing residents to turn on-street car parking spaces into mini parks.

Brenda will host a live on-the-street parklet workshop at 3pm with tips on how to replicate the success she has had in East London.

London Living Streets members will also lead two walks around the City. One will begin at 12.15pm at the parklet in St John Street and end at Bank Junction.  At 2pm a walk will start at the Living Streets parklet on Cornhill. The routes will also introduce the proposed Central London Walking Network – characterful, historic streets which link together key destinations.  There will be a special opportunity to visit the ancient church of Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield.

Wandsworth Living Streets Group will be supporting a pop-up market on a traffic hotspot: Garratt Lane that runs two miles north to south across the borough connecting Wandsworth town centre with Tooting town centre. They will be campaigning for a 20mph speed limit to be introduced and advocating for Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.

Islington Living Streets Group will be hosting a parklet on St John Street as part of the Big Play Street celebrations across the borough. Parklets are located in a parking space for a car and are designed to provide a tiny green oasis in the urban environment.  Have a sit, a chat and discuss how you can build your very own parklet in your street.

Members from Bromley Living Streets Group will be a meeting of residents on roads neighbouring local schools. The focus will be to generate interest and support for arranging play streets, school streets, playing out or street parties in 2020. With Car Free Day as a starting point they will host a live workshop about road issues and what actions residents would be interested in taking to make streets safe, attractive and accessible for everyone.

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