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Car Free Day event held in Bermondsey Street

Bermondsey Street was one of 49 roads around the capital to be partly closed to motor vehicles on Saturday as part of World Car Free Day, a global initiative to tackle poor air quality and build stronger communities.

Car Free Day event held in Bermondsey Street
Car Free Day event held in Bermondsey Street
Dr Will Norman and Cllr Richard Livingstone

Cllr Richard Livingstone, Southwark's cabinet Member for environment, traffic management and air quality and Will Norman, London's walking and cycling commissioner, joined local businesses, residents and passers by for a free event, where people were encouraged to make pedal powered smoothies, play giant air quality snakes and ladders and record a 'Tell us about your journey' video diary entry.

Cllr Richard Livingstone said: "In Southwark we encourage Play Streets applications and World Car Free Day presents another opportunity to show people how our streets can be transformed into spaces for communities to come together and children to play in.

"Improving air quality is a London wide priority and we hope that the activities and information available on Bermondsey Street, will help more people to make the move to walking and cycling and leave their cars at home."

More than 10,000 people signed a petition calling on Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to back Car Free Day events in the capital.

Heidi Alexander, London's deputy mayor for transport, recently hinted that a more ambitious Car Free Day event is being planned for 2019.

Previous Car Free Day events have been held on Tower Bridge, The Cut and Cornwall Road.

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