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Car Free Day the Easy Way - 8 Organising Tips

European Mobility Week/TravelWise Week is the peak event for sustainable transport practitioners in the UK. It celebrates the whole raft of initiatives that we promote and taking part is easy and can be very low cost.

22 September is World Car Free Day and many towns and cities are closing roads to focus attention on streets for people, air quality issues and walking and cycling.

This year the theme is "Walk with Us", promoting walking and cycling but you don't have to use those guidelines.

Here are some ideas:

  1. Hold a meeting or seminar to discuss a sustainable transport plan for your area, company or region.
  2. Hold a Ride Share, Cycle, Walk, Public Transport Day at your organisation; give rewards to people travelling via the mode promoted.
  3. Get involved with Bus and rail companies to promote public transport.
  4. Organise a walking bus to work or to work from a parking area off site.
  5. Try a Park(ing) Day activity. Just create a park in a car parking space. It costs almost nothing, but makes a big impact. Search for Park(ing) Day online for lots of pictures and ideas.
  6. Get involved with a school. It's a lot easier to close a road in frontĀ of a school than in any other location. Use the air quality, safety and children's freedom arguments.
  7. Organise a car free day on a street with mainly pedestrianised infrastructure. It's easier than a street with full traffic.
  8. If you have the support, go for an iconic or popular street to close. This this year Birmingham is closing the Aston Expressway to all traffic for a street party, which is one of the most Iconic stretches of motorway in Britain.

You can get help and advice from me ([email protected]) and remember to register your action on See the Act TravelWise page of campaign info and resources.
Check out our Facebook page and upload photos to it: My joint presentation with Juan Caballero (PDF download) from the Act TravelWise Annual Conference 2019 is a more detailed and visual guide to the campaign.

The 2019 version of the European Mobility Week Communication Toolkit is now available to download from For local authorities following the EMW branding, you're encouraged to use the visual materials to ensure that their promotional items carry the official European Mobility Week design. The updated toolkit contains logos, graphics, templates and guidelines, all of which can be used free of charge in the promotion of European Mobility Week.