Car Free Day


With Covid-19 in retreat, World Car Free Day in September 2021 will be the perfect opportunity to swap your car for a spacehopper and try out a play street on your road.

Thanks to funding from Transport for London, in 2018 and 2019 London Play was able to help London residents or schools trial a play street on Car Free Day. We encouraged councils across London to sign up to the Car Free Day Play Street Pledge, making it free and easy for their residents to apply.

On Car Free Day 2019 over 380 streets across London were open for play – and closed to traffic –  creating more than 400,000 sqm of instant play space!

The first 100 to apply through us got free spacehoppers (or other equipment to get the fun started) and we offered free resources to help people plan, consult and promote their events. One lucky street also won an on-street go kart building workshop on the day.

The process varies from borough to borough but will involve consulting your neighbours and applying to the council well in advance of the day (at least six weeks in most cases). So get started now – click here to get in touch and find out more. Or scroll down to click through to our dedicated London Play Streets website for all the inspiration, information and downloadable tools and resources you need.

We are hopeful that 2021 will be the best Car Free Day London has seen yet!

Current work
2021: The Play Street Carousel is a unique project that harnesses the power of play to strengthen bonds between neighbours, even as the pandemic keeps us all apart.
London Play Press Releases
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Visit our dedicated site for inspiration, information and all the resources you need to trial your own play street on Car Free Day - or any day.