Turn your street into a Play Street for this year’s Car Free Day
Camden is calling on residents to make the pledge to turn their street into a play street for this year’s Car Free Day.
Sunday 22 September will be London’s biggest ever Car Free Day, each play street will be part of a worldwide event and one of at least 200 streets across the capital marking the day in this way.
Play streets are simple, resident-organised free events where neighbours on a road agree together to close their street temporarily to traffic. This allows children to play, helping them to keep physically active, healthy and learning about their street and neighbourhood. It also gives adult residents a chance to get to know each other over a cup of tea as they keep an eye on the kids.
They are already happening all over London and further afield – and offer an easy way for people to participate in Car Free Day. Communities can either set up their street as a one-off play street, or they can sign up to run the event regularly.
The charity London Play are offering the first 100 applications across London free Play Streets resources (spacehoopers and other equipment to get the fun started), so get your applications in quick for a chance to receive them.
Adam Harrison, Cabinet Member for a Sustainable Camden, said: “Setting up a street to become a Play Street is a fantastic way for local communities to create a space for everyone to come together and get to know their street and the people who live on it.
“Car Free day is a perfect way for your street to trial becoming a Play Street and see if it could be something you would all like to do regularly in the future.
“In Camden, we want to make sure that no one should experience poor health as a result of the air they breathe, and Play Streets are one way to help lessen resident’s exposure to air pollution.”