Leave the car keys at home and choose a greener way to travel
Good Going Week is being held across London and Merton, from 15 to 22 September, to address the problem of traffic congestion and polluting vehicle emissions. It is being held in connection with the Mayor of London, who officially launched the campaign on 7 September (see attached photographs)
Merton’s Road Safety and Transport Planning team is organising a range of lively local events involving commuters, local residents and school children, aimed at encouraging them to rethink their methods of travelling to and from work or school.
The week aims to make people realise that even small lifestyle changes can help make a difference – leaving the car at home just once a week and catching a bus or train, or walking to the local shop to buy the paper instead of driving.
Drive another Way – Commuter Challenge
Wednesday 15 September, from 8am
In order to test and hopefully prove how effective and speedy sustainable transport can be, participants will travel from South Wimbledon / Raynes Park Station / Mitcham Tramway and Sutton Station to Merton Civic Centre (by bike, bus (93, 163, 118 & 164), car, running, walking and Tube (SW), Tram (MT) or Train (SS)).
Car Free Day Street Party
Wednesday 22 September 9am – 4pm
This year Merton Council is promoting safer streets for children and will be shutting The Downs, a road alongside the Ursuline school in Wimbledon. A section of the road will be transformed into a street party incorporating a variety of entertaining and topical events for children from the local area and Ursuline, Ursuline Prep and Dundonald Schools.
The events will illustrate the link that exists between using sustainable transport and reducing traffic congestion, traffic-related illnesses, and noise and air pollution. They will also highlight the different travel choices, such as walking, cycling, bus, train or car sharing. The series of events will end with a children’s’ street party on The Downs, in Wimbledon.
Several other awareness-raising initiatives will take place during the week, including the handing out of free information about safer travel at night, a walk from Battersea Park to Trafalgar Square, and various initiatives and surveys to encourage and reward council staff who use sustainable modes of transport.
Linda Kirby, Merton’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Quality, said:
“Poor air quality and a large amount of unsustainable transport is one of the biggest issues facing Lond