Contact & Activities

Participating city

9.300.000 inhabitants

Local contact

Carine Hawkins
City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London

Participation 2020

The participant is committed to:

Carrying out a Car-Free Day event by closing one or more streets to traffic, and opening it to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. This should preferably happen on 22 September to mark your town or city as part of World Car-Free Day.
Zone opened to residents on Car-Free Day:
Transport for London (TfL) and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, have launched this year’s Car Free Day campaign as part of their bold plans to tackle London’s toxic air crisis. This year’s campaign will be focused online as part of TfL’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, celebrating Londoners’ stories of walking and cycling until Car Free Day on Tuesday 22 September.

Throughout September, TfL, participating London boroughs and the Mayor will urge Londoners to walk and cycle and pledge to go car-free, helping to reduce harmful emissions from polluting vehicles and supporting London’s green recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. With many Londoners returning to school and work, they are being encouraged to reimagine their trips by walking or cycling for all or part of the way, not only for the environmental benefits, but also for the health and wellbeing benefits of physical activity. Participants can show their support for active travel by sharing their journeys on social media.

TfL has joined up with exciting partners to offer a chance to win a range of prizes, including a Brompton e-bike, GoPro prize packages, ten one-year Santander Cycles memberships and plenty of other themed gifts. To be in for a chance of winning, entrants must share their content and tag, comment, follow and use the hashtag #MyCarFreeTrip on Instagram, or email their entry to

Since May, more than 60km of new or upgraded cycle lanes have been built or are under construction, along with more than 20,000 square metres of extra pavement space. More than 1,500 extra cycle parking spaces have also been installed across London, focused around busy areas like high streets and transport hubs to make local journeys to shops easier for people cycling.
Implementing one or more new permanent measure(s), which contribute(s) to modal transfer from private car to environmentally sound means of transport.
Permanent measures implemented this year:
New or improved bicycle facilities
  • Improvement of bicycle network (creation of new lanes, extension, renovation, signposting etc)
  • Develop public bicycle hiring and sharing systems
  • Improvement of bicycle facilities (parking, locks etc)
  • Launch of free-floating bike-sharing schemes
  • Create or enlarge pedestrian streets
  • Improvement of infrastructure (new foot bridges, pavements, road crossings, zebra crossings etc)
Public transport services
  • Improvement and extension of the public transport network (creation of HOV lanes for public transport modes, new stops, new lines, reserved areas etc)
  • Improvement and extension of the public transport services (express services, increase frequency etc)
  • Use of ecological vehicles for public transport fleets
  • Development of new technologies to improve public transport
  • Launch of integrated services for the various public transport modes
  • The development of accessible transport services for all
Traffic calming and access control scheme
  • Speed reduction programmes in zones near schools
  • Reduction of outside parking zones
  • New traffic regulations: traffic circulation and parking
  • Create the tactile pavements
  • Create wheelchair ramps
  • Lowering of pavements
  • Enlargement of pavements
  • Launch of accessibility plans
New forms of vehicle use and ownership
  • Launch of online car-pooling and car-sharing schemes
  • Use of clean vehicles
  • Charging points for electric vehicles
  • Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
  • Testing automated vehicles
Freight distribution
  • New regulations for freight distribution
  • Use of clean vehicles
  • Create new platforms for freight transfer
  • Introducing cargo bikes
Mobility management
  • Adoption of workplace travel plans
  • Adoption of school travel plans
  • Create/establish mobility centers and on-line information services (eg travel planner)
  • Launch of awareness-raising campaigns
  • Elaboration of educational materials
  • Development of travel plans / mobility plans in consultation with local stakeholders
  • Permanent access restriction to city centres
  • Development of systems and equipment for measuring air quality in public places
  • Organisation of regular fora or surveys on public opinions and ideas