Cut the engine and bounce!

Cut the engine and bounce!
Merton participates in Car Free Day 2003

Bouncy castles will replace traffic jams in Mitcham Town Centre, from 10am – 4pm on Sunday 21 September 2003, as Merton is participating once again in the annual Car Free Day.

The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Maxi Martin, will officially open the event at 11.15am. Upper Green East and Common Side West will be closed between 7am and 7pm so that instead of car fumes, people can enjoy a variety of fun for free including street performers, face painting, a dry ice rink, fancy dress competition and much more.

Car Free Day aims to:
– Encourage the use of alternative forms of transport and travel other than private cars
– Raise awareness of what is at stake for long term mobility in towns and the risks connected with pollution
– Show the town in a different light thanks to reduced/banned motorised traffic in certain areas.

Councillor Russell Makin, Cabinet Member for Transport and Planning, said: “I would like to encourage everyone to come and join in the fun. Car Free Day will not only entertain but it will also educate. It’s an opportunity for residents and visitors to consider car use in a wider context – as well as enjoying a good day out.”

For further information contact Colleen Gardner on 020 8545 3192