Traffic-free Sundays on Regent Street in July

Traffic free Sundays

For a glimpse of a car-free London, take a trip down to Regent’s Streets on any Sunday in July. The usual traffic choked streets, will make way for street food festivals, group exercise sessions, a 50 metre catwalk and garden installations.

Nina Allwood has some stunning pictures from the 2014 event, which gives you an idea of what to expect.

The idea of car free Sundays is popular around the world, from Bogota’s weekly Ciclovía, to New York’s annual Summer Street initiative and Bristol’s Make Sunday Special. It would of course be fantastic to see something more regular arrive in central London. There has been some talk from London Mayor Boris Johnson that he would like to see this happen, but as yet there hasn’t been any action to make it a reality.

There won’t be any cycling permitted on the streets, but there will be additional bike parking provided by Cycle Hoop and workshops from the Cycle Roadshow.

Here’s a quick overview of the events planned:

  • 5th of July – Garden Party – Live music, dance performances, face-painting and a luscious green lawn. Regent St will be transformed in to a tranquil garden.
  • 12th of July – Health Kick – With the 10K London Run powering through the street, Sunday 12th has a health and fitness theme. Live music.
  • 19th of July – Fashion Festival – A 50m popup catwalk will feature some of the most innovative designs from Regent Street’s premium retailers
  • 26th of July – Culture Club – It’s all about arts and culture on the final Sunday of July with live art installations.

Also worth noting in the area is the yearly Carnaby Street Eat taking place on Saturday the 11th of July, from 12p to 7pm featuring live cooking demos and special taster offers.

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6 Responses to Traffic-free Sundays on Regent Street in July

  1. Chris 18/06/2015 at 1:29 pm #

    So they will block the streets to traffic so they can have commercial interests catered to, but not open for free and more importantly, safe movement of people?

    • Andreas 19/06/2015 at 9:45 pm #

      Way to put a dampener on it Chris 😉

  2. Douglas Schwab 20/06/2015 at 11:34 am #

    Cyclists need to campaign for Regennts/Victoria/ Hyde Park traffic closures on Sunday’s. Then all weekend and (say) 4 to 8 weekdays.

    • Kie 20/06/2015 at 2:09 pm #

      It’ll likely be useless for cycling most of the day because there will be people walking all over the place and they’re bad enough at looking where they’re going when there is traffic.

  3. Neil 20/06/2015 at 12:32 pm #

    How wonderful !

    I am just so sorry that I will not be in London ( instead of very cold Cape Town ) to enjoy it.

  4. Douglas Schwab 20/06/2015 at 2:28 pm #

    The Park roads have been closed when gates are repaired. It is a great experience. Other cities also allow their parks to be used by people rather than cars. It is possible.

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