Car Free Day 2017

18 September 2017

Written by: Sustainable transport team

Arts, culture and events - Better Lambeth - Children and young people - Environment - Focus on Clapham - Focus on Streatham - Health and Wellbeing - Transport

Celebrating the better use of public space than merely for cars.

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Car Free Day 2017

Car Free Day takes place on Friday 22 September and this year we will be closing roads outside two of Lambeth’s schools to make them spaces for play and to discourage driving to school:

  • Bonneville Primary School, Bonneville Gardens, Clapham
  • Woodmansterne Primary School, Stockport Road, Streatham

The schools will be taking part to help improve air quality and reduce congestion around the gates for the day on Friday 22 September. We are encouraging parents to leave their cars at home and walk, cycle or scoot with their children instead.  Also adding a bit of active travel into the day will improve health, decrease carbon emissions and in many cases save time and money.

We will fill the road with a range of fun activities on the day for pupils and parents.

Improving air quality

At the moment, air pollution is a major environmental health risk. It is estimated that around 9500 deaths a year in London can be attributed to poor air quality. We have had requests to hold events with schools as parents idle when picking up and dropping off children. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of idling, the EXHALE project by King’s College London found that the lung capacity of 8 and 9 year olds in London is 5% lower than the national average.

Join Landor Road on Saturday 23 September

If you would like to take part in Car Free Day head down to Landor Road SW9 on Saturday 23 September between 12-7pm. After the success of the council run Car Free Day in 2013, residents in the area have taken on the organisation of an annual event to celebrate the better use of space and active travel. You can also bring your bike for a free bike check too.

Find out more about the Landor Road Car Free Day event.