CAMPAIGNERS took part in a ‘hop past’ outside City Hall to launch a London-wide Play Street Pledge ahead of World Car Free Day.

Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman and Deputy Mayor for Transport, Heidi Alexander, joined London leaders in encouraging people to organise their own play street this September.

Delegates from 16 London boroughs, including Ealing, have signed up to a pledge committing them to promoting, supporting and approving as many play streets in their boroughs as they can, to mark the global event.

It’s hoped at least 200 streets across the capital will be transformed into temporary play spaces on Sunday, September 22, which is World Car Free Day.

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Play streets are resident-organised events, where neighbours agree to close their street temporarily, but regularly, to through traffic.

This allows children to play, while adults watch and get to know each other better over a cup of tea. They offer an easy way for people to take part in World Car Free Day.

Anyone who wants to see their street become a play space on Car Free Day will need to consult their neighbours and apply to the council well in advance.

Those interested should get in touch with the charity, London Play, via or they can call 0203 384 8510.