Saturday 22 September is known throughout London as "Car Free Day", with several areas of the capital set to be pedestrianised throughout the afternoon. The Royal Borough of Greenwich is encouraging residents to leave their vehicles at home and holding a variety of events throughout Greenwich Town Centre to celebrate the initiative. From street food and drink to music and games, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
Research by King's College London whilst this year's London Marathon was on showed an 89% drop in pollution in some sections of the route with large parts of the city closed to traffic.
From 12pm - 6pm, local businesses are going to line the streets, along with street performers, children's activities and live music. Greenwich Town Centre is going to be transformed into a beach with deck chairs to relax in and you'll also have the opportunity to test out the latest electric bike scheme. The impact of 'Car Free Day' on the traffic and air quality will be monitored by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and staff will also be chatting to local people to shape future plans.
Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) delivers the Greenwich Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN), which is an initiative to encourage residents in Greenwich West and Penninsula wards to help lower emissions by pledging to walk or cycle in their local area, rather than use cars.