No vrooom for cars in Morden on 22 September

Merton’s Car Free Day 2001 set for Morden town centre

Merton Council is taking part in the highly successful European Car Free Day later this month to give residents a glimpse of life without cars.

The event for all the family, that takes place on Saturday 22 September will be mirrored in streets across the UK and Europe and is designed to show how quality of life could be improved with reduced car use.

Following on from the success of last year’s Car Free Day that saw Dundonald Road closed and school pupils playing Victorian games and watching a theatre production on the road, Merton will this year close one side of the A24 London Road in Morden town centre.

Between 9am and 5pm, the dual carriageway along the shopping parade, normally busy with traffic, will instead be busy with pedestrians, an antiques and craft fair, children’s activities, a bouncy castle, a vandal bus and vintage bus display, a chance to win 2000 bus tickets and a Heart FM roadshow.

Councillor Russell Makin, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “The purpose of the event is to show how quality of life could be improved with reduced car use and how road space could be utilised for the benefit of all.

“It is not an anti car day but is intended to demonstrate the dominant role of motorised traffic and to make people aware of how roadspace could be utilised if travel habits changed.

“Apart from the strong environmental message we are trying to promote with Car Free Day, we also hope the event will be a day enjoyed by all the family and look forward to seeing people there.”

Councillor Mickey Spacey, Chair of Morden Town Centre Partnership, said: “This is a great opportunity for the businesses in Morden to become involved in a day that is for all the family.

“We have been working with businesses to make this year’s Car Free Day a special event and I’m confident it will be. This kind of partnership can only be good for residents, businesses and the Council.”

The official launch will take place at 11am hosted by the Mayor of Merton.