22 September is World Car Free Day, when all around the world towns and cities allow people to experience streets free of motor traffic.

It's a great chance to re-imagine our streets around people.


Play street in Roath, Cardiff

create your own parklet

Pop-up parks (or 'parklets') can help transform streets as destinations for people, not vehicles.

We have all the information and helpful starting points to transform your street into a place for seating, cycle parking or lanes, gardens, play areas or art.

Anyone can set up a parklet or a pop-up park to transform streets into a vibrant community hot spot. You’ll need permission from your local council, but after that, it can be easier than you might think. Why not work together with your neighbours to improve your local area for everyone who lives there?

Download our Parklets toolkit

pop up parklet in Hackney





An image with Walk with Wildlife packs

reduce the cars on school streets

If you are looking to reduce the number of cars around your child's school or perhaps you live on a street that gets congested during drop-off and pick up times, tell your school about our five-day walking challenge!

Classes will work together to make as many active journeys as possible across a week, tracking their progress as they go on the fun and interactive wallchart. Those that participate will receive daily stickers and an end of week reward! The theme of the challenge will take pupils on a Walk with Wildlife. Meeting various animals along the way, they'll learn about the important reasons to walk and the difference it can make for individuals, communities and the planet!

Celebrate a car-free journey to school ahead of World Car Free Day and start experiencing reduced congestion, cleaner air and safer streets. 

Use the discount code IWTSMOFFER before 31/10/2023 for 20% off. 

Get your Walk with Wildlife packs

How we walk the walk

In need of some inspiration this World Car Free Day? 

Find out how the Living Streets team choose walking over driving whenever – and wherever – possible.

Charlotte and Josie

"Walking with little legs can take a bit longer so sometimes we’ll go part of the way by foot. The journey is very much part of our day’s activities." Charlotte on going car-free with a young family.

Charlotte's story

Jessie Davidson

"Some people say that to live a good life in the countryside you need a car to get around but I like the connectedness, calmness and healing that comes from leading a less car-dependent life."

Jessie's story

Jane Rickwood

"I’ve never considered a car because I’ve always thought it’s too much hassle. Insurance, breaking down, cost of fixing things, the impact it would have on the environment and our health. It’s a no brainer."

Jane's story

Who says we only get one day a year to imagine car-free streets?

Living Streets' objective is to make our streets safer and better for walking and wheeling.

That means sharing ideas, prompting conversations and building communities every day.

It also means working together so that we can make progress one city, one community or one street at a time.

If this sounds good, sign our form and share this page so that we can build more and more momentum.

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