WORLD CAR FREE DAY: H&F Council celebrates with pedestrian-friendly events

Leave your cars and motorcycles at home and join us for our traffic-free celebrations across Hammersmith & Fulham this month.

To mark World Car Free Day, H&F Council will be hosting pedestrian-friendly events on Friday 20 September and Saturday 21 September.

Two local primary schools get the party started on Friday (20 September) with their own car-free street festivities.

Head down to St Paul’s Primary School in Worlidge Street, Hammersmith, from 3pm to enjoy the cycle training, street games, crafts and healthy living activities on offer.

And on Saturday (21 September), the traffic-free North End Road Autumn Festival comes to Fulham from 9am to 5pm with more than 150 stalls packed with food, drink and gifts, an exciting line-up of live music acts, a wide variety of street entertainment and lots of eco-friendly fun.

“We want to be bold and rise to the challenge of the climate emergency,” said Kim Smith, Chief Executive of H&F Council. “Our car-free events aim to raise the profile by bringing residents together to focus on the climate emergency whilst enjoying the festival.”

North End Road Autumn Festival

The car-free festival in North End Road will include a special pop-up market filled with ethically made, eco-friendly products and traders alongside more than 150 other stalls of food, drink and gifts.

Lay back and relax on the grass in a chill out zone on the historic high street near the junction with Lillie Road and try out one of the free health and wellbeing taster sessions on offer on the day.

The street entertainment will continue the eco-friendly theme with living trees, a giant mechanical tortoise and electric bikes. Busking pods and live music areas will also play host to bands and musicians across the street.

Not to mention, fresh fruit and veg from the regular market traders plus the chance to enjoy the newly opened pop-up Crowther Market Garden seating area on the corner of Coomer Place.

There will also be a chance to speak with the council’s recycling team.      

The autumn festival is part of the council’s popular series of traffic-free seasonal markets, showcasing what it can do with a traffic-free street as it helps revitalise the borough’s high streets and safeguards the environment.

Car-free school parties

Parents from St Paul’s Primary School and Urbanwise.London have organised a car-free party in Worlidge Street on Friday 20 September.

There will be cycle training, street games, crafts, road safety awareness, air pollution information and healthy living activities on the road, which will be closed from 9am to 5pm.

The rest of the local community will be able to join the street party from 3pm to 4.30pm.

The event has been organised to encourage walking and cycling to school in a bid to help reduce air pollution, traffic congestion and promote the benefits of exercise.

Over in Fulham, Melcombe Primary School will close Colwith Road from 8.45am to 3.30pm for their traffic-free celebration, which is a closed event.

Greenest borough in the country

H&F Council is taking urgent action to combat climate change by pledging to cut CO2 emissions from the council’s activities to zero by 2030.

It announced the commissioning of a new cross-cutting Climate Emergency Unit to urgently tackle the environmental impact of all aspects of the council’s work in July.

Hammersmith & Fulham has already made huge strides towards becoming the greenest borough in Britain including a whole range of policies which:

  • improve air quality
  • promote biodiversity
  • reduce traffic congestion and pollution
  • make our streets cleaner and greener
  • work with our community to put environmental concerns at the heart of all we do.

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