Cllr Caroline ffiske writes:
A group of plucky individuals from across London have got together to promote the concept of a car-free day for London on Saturday 22 September. Don’t worry – they don’t aim or wish to grind London to a halt. The idea is for some carefully chosen major roads to close – and for local people to join in on their own streets across London where possible and popular. The idea could then develop and grow organically, based on what works.
They have written to Cllr Wesley Harcourt to see if Hammersmith & Fulham Council will support the concept.
Their top ten target roads are as follows:
1. Tate Modern to Barbican (City of London Culture Mile)
2. London Bridge (Tooley St/ Saint Thomas St/ Bermondsey St)
3. Oxford Street
4. Regent Street/ Portland Place
5. Fleet Street
6. Exhibition Road (South Kensington/ V&A)
7. Kensington High Street
8. Waterloo/Westminster Bridge (Southbank Centre)
9. Vauxhall Bridge
10. Greenwich town centre.
King Street in Hammersmith is in their “other” targets.
The group has also written to Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, asking for his support. They hope to develop a web page soon. Meanwhile you can follow and support them on twitter here.
Here are some amazing images of Paris’s annual car free day.
I tried to find some good images of London car-free but resorted to a lovely old painting. We should aim for similar tranquility.
I think it is an excellent idea.
Spare a thought for those who actually need to use a motor vehicle to get to work, go where buses don’t go, transport heavy goods and shopping or convey a disabled person.
Whereas achieving tranquillity is a worthy aim, disrupting people going about their normal lives isn’t, and you’d achieve far more relaxation with a community event to celebrate the spring or the royal wedding. When Conservative councillors resort to the same sort of nonsense as gimmicky Mayor Sadiq Khan, you wonder what the world is coming to?