Hammersmith Car-Free Festival is a breath of fresh air!

HammersmithLondon, in partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council, marked London Car-Free Day with a fun schedule of eco-friendly events and activities.

The Hammersmith Car-Free Festival was part of a campaign to get London boroughs backing World Car-Free day, which has encouraged sustainable travel in cities around the globe since 2000.

The official London Car-Free Day promoted the healthy message of tackling pollution and improving air quality across the capital. It took place on Saturday, September 22, but to encourage more participation from local businesses and office workers HammersmithLondon held their event the day before.

The southern end of Hammersmith Grove was closed to vehicles, with a variety of activities taking place there and in nearby parklets. There was an outdoor fitness class from Fitness First, table tennis, garden games and music from True Vybez, with goodie bags dished out to those who came down to take part throughout the day.

The event also included free Dr Bike sessions, where police officers funded by HammersmithLondon offered free bike security marking, and a mechanic was on hand for maintenance checks.

Two school visits of more than 90 children each time, were organised by the charity UrbanWise which offers outdoor learning for young people. Pupils were encouraged to discover more about sustainable travel, try a delicious smoothie from the smoothie bike, as well as have a go on Sustrans’ disco bike and the cargo bikes that were on hand throughout the event.

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham’s cabinet member for Environment, Transport and Resident Services, Councillor Wesley Harcourt, was in attendance and enjoyed the well-run event.

Patricia Bench, HammersmithLondon BID Director, said: “This was a really beneficial event, which combined good advice on reducing car use and congestion to improve air quality, with eco-friendly fun and a party atmosphere.

“We are proud of the work we do to encourage less pollution and are determined to play our part in making Hammersmith a cleaner, greener town.

“A big thank you must go to our partners and those who took part in the day – Fitness First, Medidata, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Cyclehoop, Sustrans, Dr Bike, MET police, Zedify, Green-mopeds, Askoll, TryEV, Cross River Partnership and UrbanWise.”