We are working with citizens across London to take back our most abundant public space - the streets - for play and community events and the creation of new public green spaces. By asking Councils to open up our streets to pedestrians and cycles and to close them to motor vehicles at certain times during the day, we are starting a community-led conversation on the future of land use, public space, and mobility in London.
A triple opportunity - we just have to ask for it!
Three schemes are being activated ahead of Car Free Day on 22 Sept. 2019:
- Play Streets
- School Streets
- Pedestrian-priority high streets
Let your councillors know that you would like them to show leadership and commit to trying one the three schemes above.
About the schemes
Play Streets enable local residents to regularly open up a road for play on a weekly or monthly basis, bringing communities together and encouraging healthy lifestyles across London.
Opening roads outside schools so that only pedestrians and cyclists can use them during school start and end times improves air quality and creates new space for active play. Some schools have even permanently closed streets and will convert them into new green spaces in central London.
Pedestrian-priority high streets
The London Plan identifies over 200 town centres that would benefit from pedestrian-priority or fully pedestrianised high-streets. Car Free Day is an opportunity to trial a future of vibrant, pedestrian-priority town centres by widening pavements, improving crossings and removing traffic to improve the experience of high street shopping and eating.
This Ask For It campaign is a shared initiative with: Mums for Lungs, London Play, Meristem Design