Play streets ‘galore’ for Car Free Day in Hackney

LRSC Hackney play streets

More than a dozen streets in Hackney will be transformed into ‘Play Streets’ next Saturday as part of worldwide initiative to encourage more people to walk and cycle.

Car Free Day is an annual event, which as its name suggests, encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day.

This year’s Car Free Day (22 September) will see many of Hackney’s established Play Streets simultaneously closed to traffic.

Play Streets, which have been around in Hackney since 2012, give children a chance to reclaim some of their local streets from traffic and take part in fun and games.

Hackney Play Association, who coordinates Play Streets in the borough, is assisting residents to set up and run the play streets for Car Free Day.

In addition, Hackney Council is providing funding for Car Free Day play packs containing hula hoops, skipping ropes and more.

Cllr Feryal Demirci, deputy mayor of Hackney, said:

“We are proud to have introduced Play Streets to London back in 2012, and now have over 40 operating in the borough.

“This World Car Free Day, we’re partnering with Hackney Play Association to run over a dozen Play Streets simultaneously across Hackney, showcasing their transformative power to reclaim streets for play and promote walking, cycling and better air quality.”

For more information, or to enquire about hosting a Play Street for Car Free Day, visit the Hackney Play Streets website

13 September 2018