Cleaner air and friendlier streets – Brent’s aim for London car free day

12 September 2018

Brent is marking the capital’s first car free day on September 22 by temporarily turning two roads in the borough into pedestrianised streets.

Oaklands Road in Cricklewood and St Johns Road, Wembley will closed for a few hours to allow residents to meet, mingle and make better use of the space.

There will be a number of cycling related activities taking place on the two streets and fun activities for children with a sustainable travel theme.

The aim of the day is to help reduce air pollution across London and to promote healthier car free travel alternatives including cycling and walking.

Cllr Krupa Sheth, Brent’s Member for the Environment said:

“This first London Car Free Day is an opportunity for us to show residents in Brent the transformative potential of car-free streets.

“We’re hoping people who live near Oaklands Road and St Johns Road will come out of their homes, mix with their neighbours, and experience their respective roads without traffic. We do need new ideas and approaches to tackling air pollution and car fee days is one way of doing just that.”

The capital’s first car free day came about after a petition signed by 8,000 Londoners was submitted to the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan calling on him to host London’s first car free day on Saturday 22nd September.

The petition has been supported by various groups including Friends of the Earth, London Cycling Campaign, Play London and Harlesden Neighbourhood Forum.

Oaklands Road NW2 6DJ will close between 12-4pm and St Johns Road HA9 7JG 11-3pm. This will allow for activities such as; Dr Bike (bike repair service) smoothie bike, car club promotion, air quality information, and fun games and children’s entertainment.