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Car Free Day 2019

We have been at the forefront of World Car Free Day for a number of years. Car Free Day provides an opportunity for the public to experience our streets car-free, creating  safe spaces for the public to occupy. 

To mark Car Free Day 2019, we’ll be celebrating in 2 ways: Stoke Newington Church Street will be closed to motor vehicles to create car-free space for the public to enjoy 10.30am to 5pm, and play street hosts across the borough will celebrate with a mass play street event. More on both events below. 

Stoke Newington Church Street closure

Stoke Newington Church Street will be transformed by removing private motor vehicles to allow residents, businesses  and visitors to imagine what the street could look like with fewer vehicles.

How you can get involved in the Stoke Newington Church Street closure

Between 10.30am and 5pm, Church Street will be transformed into a space to shop, sit and play. Participating businesses along Church Street will trade from stalls lining the road and there will be a number of activities for the public to enjoy. This includes yoga and dance sessions, circus skills workshops, woodwork workshops, a play road and giant games, as well as bike tryouts and the opportunity to get your bike fixed for free. 

For information on how the closure could impact your travel plans, please read the FAQs.

If you would like any further information, or have any queries regarding Car Free Day email:

Hackney’s mass play street event

Hackney was the first council in London to introduce official play streets and there are more than 60 play streets and estates operating in the borough.

The Council and Hackney Play Streets are facilitating a mass play street event which will take place on Sunday 22 September to mark Car Free Day 2019. Existing and prospective hosts were invited to host a play street or estate on Car Free Day.

Applications for both existing and new hosts are now closed and we are very pleased to have over a dozen streets and estates signed up. For more information on our mass play street event, visit Hackney Play.

How you can get involved in play streets

The deadline for existing and new hosts to host a play street or estate on Car Free Day has now passed.

If you’re interested in hosting a regular play street or estate, you can sign up at any time of year. For more information on the application process, please visit our play streets page.

Find out more

Read our press release about Car Free Day in Hackney.

This project was made possible by the Healthy Streets Everyday project, which is funded by the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund.

Page updated on: 24 July 2019