Sadiq Khan announces car-free day in London


The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has announced plans for London’s biggest car-free day to take place on 22 September, closing 12.3 miles of roads in the centre.

The Mayor of London said that the event will take place across 18 boroughs, with roads set to be closed for the event around London Bridge, Tower Bridge and much of the City of London to help tackle the capital’s air pollution crisis.

Boroughs across the city will also hold events promoting walking, cycling and public transport, as well as creating scores of ‘play streets’.

Khan said the day would offer an opportunity for people to leave their cars behind and explore streets by foot or by bike. It is hoped more than 150,000 Londoners will join in activities across the 18 boroughs.

Sadiq Khan said: “London is leading the way in innovative measures to improve air pollution and I want this year’s Car Free Day events to be the best of any world city.

"This will be a great opportunity for us all to leave our cars behind and explore our streets by foot, or by bike. We’ve called our range of events ‘Reimagine’ so that Londoners get an idea of what some of the busiest parts of our city would be like without cars and traffic.”