City of London’s Car Free Day

The City of London Corporation supported the Mayor of London and TfL to deliver the ‘Reimagine’ Car Free Day event in central London on 22 September.  

The event allowed people to explore and experience 27km of traffic free streets, most of which were in the Square Mile. Street closures were in place from 7am – 7.15pm, with the event open to the public from 10.30am – 5pm. 

Overall the event was successful, with high levels of satisfaction for those who attended. The event attracted a high number of people into the City (it is estimated that 70,000 people attended over the course of the day), including many that have never previously visited or rarely visit.  

Despite the extent of the street closures, which included both London Bridge (except for buses) and Tower Bridge, traffic impacts were relatively limited and lower than expected.  

Attendance figures for City Corporation Open House venues suggest the Reimagine event may have had an impact on Open House attendance at some venues. Further analysis is required to understand the relationship between the event and Open House.  


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