Car Free Day 2021
Wednesday 22 September is World Car Free Day and we’re celebrating across the borough with various events to help improve air quality and tackle climate change.
Why not ditch the car and enjoy our beautiful borough and the benefits of active travel on foot, bike, roller skates or whatever you choose!
Car Free Day events happening in Kingston:
Celebrations are happening in the following roads (please note: these roads will be closed on 22 September):
North Parade, Chessington - 10.15am - 12pm
- Students at Castle Hill School will be performing a Car Free Day themed song or poem and inviting residents to watch through handmade invites.
- There will also be speeches, including from Councillor Archer, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainable Transport.
- The school will also be holding a Car Free Day themed assembly and organising a walk to school day.
- Events will take place between 10.45am - 11.45am. The road will be closed from 10.15am - 12pm.
King Charles Road, Surbiton - 11am - 5pm
- Come and visit our parklet (outside the cafe on the corner) and find out more about Car Free Day and the benefits of active travel.
- The road will be closed from the cafe up to the junction with Alexandra Drive from 11am - 5pm.
Guildhall and Ancient Marketplace
- Visit Dr Bike for all your bike needs in the Ancient Marketplace from 12 - 5.30pm
- Test out a Brompton or an e-bike outside Guildhall any time between 12 - 5.30pm
Beeline Way naming ceremony
As part of our Car Free Day celebrations, we will be holding a ceremony to officially name our walking and cycling route between New Malden and Raynes Park.
Thank you to everyone who took part and voted to help name the route - the response was fantastic and over 1200 people voted in the second round.
The most popular name caused quite a buzz with 73% of the votes... Beeline Way was voted as most popular and has been chosen as the name of the route.
The 1.2 kilometer route runs parallel to the railway line, passing under the A3 Kingston by-pass, avoiding traffic or lengthy alternative routes. It takes roughly nine minutes to cycle from one end to the other.
The naming ceremony will take place at Coombe Road, next to New Malden Rail Station, with attendance from the Kingston Cycling Campaign and local councillors, as well as a speech from our Mayor at 11am. The event will also include a litter pick.
Need an excuse to get out of the car and enjoy our beautiful borough? Interested in nature? Why not join our guided walks at Fishponds Park and Elmbridge Meadows. Elliot Newton, Biodiversity Officer, will introduce you to Kingston’s ecology and the importance of our local natural heritage. Along the way, we will discuss some of the incredible species which also call the borough home.
Walk 1: Fishponds, 10am, meet by the bug hotel at the centre of the park.
Walk 2: Elmbridge Meadows, 4pm, meet at the green close to the roundabout where Raeburn Avenue meets Elmbridge Avenue.
Walks are for all abilities and take between 30 minutes to an hour.
Walking routes and exploring our new sculpture trail
We will be running a guided walk around the new sculpture trail in the town centre at noon on 22 September in support of ditching the car and enjoying the borough this Car Free Day.
Come and join our sculpture trail starting at the Dr Bike stand in the Ancient Marketplace at 12.00pm
Walks are for all abilities and take around 30 minutes.
You could also try out The Community Brain walking route from Tolworth to Chessington anytime. Visit www.thecommunitybrain.org/tolworth-to-chessington
Get involved in reimagining our beautiful borough
Car Free Day is also a great chance to re-imagine our streets around people, putting community participation and social inclusion at its heart. We want you, our community, to use your creativity and speak to us about new ideas for improving public spaces around the borough. Take a look at some of the projects we’re working on, including our Local Plan and Community Vision 2040, at kingstonletstalk.co.uk
You can view all of these events on a Google Map.