World Car-Free Day success (despite the rain)

World Car-Free Day comes to Kingston

Kingston marked World Car-Free Day on Saturday by closing St James Road near the Guildhall for four hours. Kingston's Mayor, Councillor Thay Thayalan also ditched the usual mayoral transport for the day, instead using the bus network to get to his engagements.

World Car-Free Day, which has been held once a year since 2000, has been designed to help us rethink how we make journeys in our towns, and to consider how we can reclaim our public spaces.

This year's event was used as a dry run by the Liberal Democrat-run Council ahead of a Borough-wide initiative in 2019.

Hilary Gander, a Lib Dem Councillor in Surbiton Hill Ward and Portfolio Holder for Environment & Sustainable Transport, said: "The health of our residents and impact on our environment prompts all of us to consider how we can all start to rethink the choices we make and how we travel.”

“Car-Free Day is an ideal moment for us to stop, think, and for one day leave the car at home, and instead, choose to ride a bus, jump on a train, dust down our bikes, or just walk.”

Jon Tolley, Grove Ward Councillor for the Lib Dems and the Community Engagement Portfolio Holder added, “We want this to be a statement of intent for healthy and sustainable transport across the Borough.”

“A bigger initiative is expected next year.”

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