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Car Free Day 2019

Sunday 22 September 2019 is World Car Free Day and we’re celebrating across the borough with street parties, tree trails, guided walks and bike rides, play streets and more to help improve air quality and tackle climate change. Take a look at our activities map to see what you'd like to get involved in.

Activities at the Ancient Marketplace and Guildhall on 22 September 
Go Cycle and Dr Bike will be in the Ancient Marketplace on Sunday for all your cycling needs. If you're new to cycling or thinking of buying a bike, pop along to the Guildhall where you can test out some different bikes and get advice to suit your needs. There will also be information and advice on living a healthy lifestyle. Come and see us! 

Free swim
If you’re planning to use the Kingfisher or the Malden Centre swimming pools on Sunday 22 September - use sustainable transport and swim for free! All you need to do is bring your proof of address.

Led walks starting at Guildhall
We will be hosting led walks around Kingston in support of ditching the car and enjoying the borough this Car Free Day. 

Walk 1 - Start at Coronation Stone at 11 - 11:30am. The walk will meander along the Towpath following the river towards Hampton Court and turn back at Harts Boatyard Pub.

Walk 2 - Start at the Coronation Stone at 2 - 2.30pm. Meander along the river under John Lewis and through Canbury Gardens and turn back at the Pavilion.

Walks are for all abilities and take around 30 minutes. 

Led cycle rides
There will be two led cycle rides starting from the Go Cycle stand in Kingston's Ancient Marketplace.

Ride 1 - Departs at 11:30am, heading towards Hampton Court and back again (approximately 5.5 miles offroad).

Ride 2 - Departs at 2pm, following the same route as above.

Please bring your own bike and arrive slightly early so that your bike can be checked before setting off. 

Tree trail at Fishponds
Need an excuse to get out of the car and enjoy our beautiful borough? Interested in nature? Why not join our guided walk of Fishponds Park from 2pm - 3pm. Starting point at the noticeboard by the main path. 

Elliot Newton from the Fishponds Friends Group will be talking through the interesting and rare trees on the site, how bats use trees as corridors for movement and the general conservation value of Fishponds. If you can't make 2pm, you can download our tree guide and explore the park at your own pace. 

Plogolution
Plogolution are delighted to be supporting World Car Free Day in Kingston on Sunday 22 September and will be holding a Plog starting at 10am at the Guildhall. Either run or walk whilst picking up rubbish over a 5k or 2k distance and help make a massive difference to the borough.

Free t-shirt for all those taking part and that double endorphin hit of exercise and taking pride in your local community. Register on Eventbrite

Churchfields Recreation Ground litter pick
Meeting in the Churchfields Rec playground at 5pm.

Resident street parties - the following roads will be closed: 

  • Auckland Road (Buckingham Road to cul de sac end), Kingston
  • Beaconsfield Road (Gordon Road to Birchington Road) Surbiton
  • Beresford Road, New Malden
  • Chesfield Road, Kingston
  • Chestnut Road, Kingston
  • Durlston Road (between Studland and St Albans Road), Kingston
  • Hereford Way (from Ripon Gardens to Woodgate Avenue), Chessington
  • King Charles Crescent (between King Charles Crescent and Hollyfield Road), Surbiton
  • Laburnum Road, New Malden
  • Linden Crescent, Kingston
  • Moorfield Road, Chessington
  • Nevada Close, New Malden
  • Piper Road, Kingston
  • Portland Road (Horace Road to Three Bridges Path) Kingston
  • Rickards Close (From No. 15 to cul de sac end), Surbiton,
  • Windsor Road, Kingston

Play Streets
Across Greater London, the aim is to have over 200 Play Streets (roads closed to traffic allowing children to play and communities to get together). Kingston is one of the 22 boroughs involved in this initiative, working with residents to create safe spaces to enjoy. 

We’re encouraging play streets to happen more regularly across the borough, not just on specific days. Find out more.

Reimagine
Reimagine is a brand new event from the Mayor of London celebrating Car Free Day in London, allowing Londoners of all ages and backgrounds to reimagine their city car-free and reclaim their streets, while walking, cycling and exploring the city. 

The Central London Reimagine event will have themed zones with free entertainment and fun activities. Check out the full line up of activities at London.gov.uk/reimagine