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


Car Free Cardiff

Here's just a little of what we will be up to in the UK

City of London

We will be out in force just up the road from our main office in the City of London, where Bank Junction (itself no stranger to experiments in traffic reduction) will be freed up for people to explore on foot and cycle.

The centrepiece of our stall will be an award winning pop-up parklet designed by Hackney Living Streets Group.

What's on?

On-street workshop

Brenda Puech, Hackney Living Streets Gorup 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.

Led walks:

12.15pm, starts at the parklet in St John St and ends at Bank Junction. London Living Streets Group will lead a walk along part of 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.

2.00pm, starts and ends at Living Streets parklet on Cornhill. London Living Streets Group will lead a walk around City of London. 

Look for us on Cornhill, 10.30am-5pm.

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Start your own Parklet with our handy hacks and guide.

At our Living Streets stall we can offer you 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?

Come and find us for inspiration and our step by step guide to creating a parklet. 

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pop up parklet in Hackney






Wandsworth Living Streets Group will be supporting a pop-up market on a traffic hotspot: Garratt Lane that runs 2 miles north to south across the borough connecting Wandsworth  town centre with Tooting town centre. They will be campaigning for a 20 mph speed limit to be introduced and advocating for Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. 


The first-ever Car Free Day in Hastings will see the launch of our newest Local Group! They will be hosting a pocket parklet on the street with a place to sit surrounded by plants. Join them to discuss creating a parklet where you live and chalk on the road your vision for a walking and cycling friendly town. 

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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. 

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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. Join them at 7.30pm, Shortlands Tavern pub.

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Our Local Group in Riverside (Cardiff) are hosting a shared lunch. You can join them at Riverside Warehouse 12-2pm. They are taking the opportunity with Car Free Day to ask local residents 'What does the street of the future look like?'. A great way to use their imagination and knowledge in urban design to explore what a more beautiful community looks and feels like. 

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We Glimpse are working with Playing Out to take the discussion about clean air and pollution into local neighbourhoods. They are co-hosting play streets and providing spaces for children to explore and reclaim their public spaces for play. Join them across the city to chalk up a rainbow racetrack. 

New York City

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Imagine a street where you didn't need to watch your back for cars and you had the whole expanse of the road to enjoy with your neighbours.

Read about why our Engagement Manager loves World Car Free Day.

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