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Londoners urged to join Car Free Day on September 22

Transport for London (TfL) is urging Londoners to go car free on September 22 as part of its plans to boost awareness for improving air quality in the capital.

Throughout September, TfL, participating London boroughs and the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, will urge Londoners to walk and cycle and pledge to go car-free, helping to reduce emissions from 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 partners to offer a chance to win a range of prizes, including a Brompton e-bike, GoPro prize packages, 10 one-year Santander Cycles memberships and 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 [email protected].

Khan said: “This year’s Car Free Day is more important than ever to make sure we prevent a damaging car-led recovery from this pandemic which would see our streets gridlocked, harm our economy and result in one public health crisis being replaced with another caused by toxic air pollution.

"Our Streetspace for London plans are making it safer, easier and more convenient to walk and cycle so there’s never been a better time to make the pledge to go car-free and be in with a chance of winning a great prize.”

Watch now: Connecting Policy To Solutions Virtual Conference 2021

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The UK’s most senior public and private sector transport leaders discussed the impact of Covid-19, achieving the Government’s decarbonisation ambitions, the need for more efficient living and better health, and much more.

Kwasi Kwarteng, secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who spoke on BEIS's approach to decarbonising transport, particularly the electrification of the vehicle industry. Watch his presentation below:


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