The organisers of London’s Car Free Day will next month run a guided walk exploring the future of a pedestrianised City of London.
As one of the world’s busiest commuting zones and a site of globally significant architectural heritage, the organisers say opening up the Square Mile as a space for pedestrians and cycles could transform the quality of life for the better for Londoners and visitors to the city.
The walk will take place on Saturday, June 13 and will be led by Ben Warren, technical lead & air quality consultant, Tranquil City and Marco Picardi, co-founder, London Car Free Day.
See the walking route here.
The schedule for the walk is below:
10.00am – Meet in front of the Royal Exchange. Discussion about the process of pedestrianisation and introduction of new pedestrian priority streets in the City of London.
10.20am – Guided cycle of the Square Mile departs to discuss what the traffic-free future could look like;
Review of development plans for the Eastern Cluster and other parts of the City mean that pedestrianisation is necessary to maintain a healthy and safe public realm for workers, residents and visitors.
11.30am – Ends.
Car Free Day will return to London in September, although a date is still to be confirmed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
27km of the city will be closed to traffic with the Mayor and TfL working alongside 27 London boroughs to help organise community events, such as play streets, turning what are usually busy roads into a childrens play areas.
This event comes after the success of the citys first-ever car-free day in September 2019.
After last years events, 65% of residents who were surveyed said the day had inspired them to use their cars less.