Norfolk County Council is encouraging residents to give up their cars for the day this September in support of a global initiative to reduce carbon emissions.
Car-Free Day is celebrated across the world and encourages motorists to give up their cars for a day in favour of more sustainable forms of transport.
Norfolk Car-Free Day will be held on Sunday 19 September and the council will be waiving fees for residents wishing to apply for a temporary street closure in their local community.
One idea for making the most of the closure is to use the time for ‘Street Play’, a project started in Bristol which is designed to give children the freedom to play directly outside their own front door.
Councillor Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council’s cabinet member for highways and infrastructure said: “Lockdown has already given us a flavour of what our streets can feel like with less traffic and that is exactly what Car-Free Day is about. Play Street sessions can take place any time of year, but that they are particularly being encouraged to mark this occasion.
“This aligns with our shared aims to reduce air pollution and congestion on our roads, promote sustainable transport and encourage our communities to live active and healthy lives.”
Matt White, founder of Car-Free Norwich added: “Now in its second year of being a Countywide initiative, with fewer restrictions now in place we hope that lots more neighbourhoods across the county will take the opportunity to hold a street event or play session on the day, to rekindle some of the amazing community spirit seen during lockdown”.
Further guidance on conditions and how to apply for a temporary street closure for Norfolk Car-Free Day can be found at www.norfolk.gov.uk/carfreenorfolk
The deadline for applications is Friday 20 August.
All events will need to follow the latest government advice in respect of Covid 19 and may need to be cancelled should further restrictions be implemented.