Car Free Day 2020 to be ‘bigger and better’

Car Free Day will return to the Capital later this year, with more than 27km of roads set to close in a bid to reduce pollution and encourage active and sustainable modes of transport.

Advocated by Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, the annual event is designed to help Londoners ‘reclaim’ their streets and reimagine their city car-free.

Car Free Day 2020 takes place on 20 September and with the support of City of London Corporation, will see more than 27km of roads close to all traffic, including Tower Bridge.

In 2019, events took place across 27 boroughs. This included 385 Play Streets, which also involve closing residential streets, giving children the freedom to play in their local neighbourhood.

Bank Junction was transformed into its first ever car-free festival space – with performances from Grand Union Orchestra and the London International Gospel Choir.

City Hall analysis of the Breathe London air quality sensor at Bank Junction found concentrations of nitrogen dioxide were 40% lower on Car Free Day, when compared to the day before.

More information on events taking place to mark Car Free Day 2020 will be released later this year.

Sadiq Khan said: “I am proud that in London we are taking some of the boldest steps of any city in the world to tackle harmful car emissions.

“Last year’s Car Free Day was London’s biggest yet, enabling thousands of Londoners to explore the capital by bike or on foot and encouraging them to reduce their car use.  

“I am determined to make this year’s event even bigger and better and I look forward to revealing more plans in the summer.”

Christina Calderato, head of transport strategy and planning at TfL, said: “Last year’s Car Free Day was a tremendous success and we’re thrilled to start working on a programme for September. 

“This year’s event will continue encouraging Londoners and visitors to get out of their cars and explore our great city by walking, cycling or using public transport.”

25 February 2020