Wednesday 22 September is World Car Free Day and Sutton residents are being encouraged to leave the car at home and take an alternative mode of transport.
Whether you fancy walking, cycling or maybe even skateboarding to work or school, active travel is a great way to protect the environment, reduce your carbon footprint and enjoy some great health benefits.
Sutton has lots of activities and inspiration for this year’s Car Free Day. In Sutton town centre, a Dr Bike session will be taking place in Trinity Square between 12-5.30pm, offering free checks and minor repairs to all. There’s no need to book, just turn up and get your bike in tip-top condition.
Nearby at the David Weir Leisure Centre, Ecolocal are running inclusive cycling sessions with hand cycles, go-carts and wheelchair cycles available to try, between 10am and noon.
We are also encouraging residents to sign up to our Car Free Pledge and commit to going car free on the day. Pledging is a great way to demonstrate your support for the fight against climate change and councillors and council staff will be joining in too.
Councillor Manuel Abellan, Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee, said:
“Choosing a different form of transport such as walking, cycling or public transport helps improve Sutton’s air quality, protect and boost nature and tackle climate change.
“It’s not only good for the environment – active travel also provides benefits to physical and mental health.
“Sign up to our pledge and commit to going car free for a day.”