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Car Free Day - Sunday 22 September 2019

Car Free Day 2019

Norwich will be joining more than 2,000 cities across 46 countries to champion Car Free Day on Sunday 22 September.

On that day, people will be encouraged, where possible, to give up driving in the city.

Support for your events

Those who want to get together with neighbours and organise a community or play event in their street can apply for a road closure and the fee we would normally charge will be waived.

You might think this is the perfect time to ‘reclaim’ your street and send out the message that it’s not just for cars.

Playing Out is a not-for-profit national organisation providing free resources and advice for residents wanting to organise temporary road closures for play.

As well as a step-by-step manual for organisers you can download template posters and other materials or contact them directly for advice.

For more information email or visit the Playing Out website.

To see lots of helpful hints for organising a community street event visit the Streets Alive website.

Applications for a road closure have now closed.  See those street event road closures taking place.

Shouting about your event

If your group or organisation is holding walking or cycling events on or around the day, why not  post them on our digital sharing platform LUMi.

Sharing your event on social media can be an excellent way of promoting it and getting the word out.

If you use the hashtag #NorwichCarFreeDay on Twitter and Instagram or tag us in an event on Facebook, we will share these where possible ot help spread the word.

Making a real difference

More than just about reducing car use for one day of the year, the worldwide event aims to raise awareness and promote the use of sustainable transport options – walking, cycling and using public transport where possible, or pooling and sharing car journeys, where practical.

More walking and cycling

In Norwich, we love walking and cycling. In 2018, figures showed that 23.8 per cent of people in Norwich walk to work – against a national average of 10.9 per cent; and 9.5 per cent cycle, which is more than three times the national average at 3.1 per cent. The number of people cycling is up 40 per cent since 2013.

Supporting you cycling

Along with our Norfolk County Council colleagues, we are implementing £14.1 million worth of funding across the city’s seven cycle routes, called 'Pedalways'. To find out more about this project, visit our Pedalways page.

Norwich Cycle Map

You can get hold of a copy of our cycle map for £4.95 from the Tourist Information Centre in The Forum or you can download an online PDF here.

Cycle Streets

The Cycle Streets app, can also be very handy for planning your cycle journey.


Pushing ahead Norfolk

Why not visit the Pushing Ahead website for events, tips and so much more, there’s even details of a cycle loan scheme.


Fewer cars on the road

It’s simply not possible for everybody to go car free all the time but there are lots of ways people are finding ways to reduce the number of cars on the road.

Norwich Car Club

Do you know about Norwich Car Club? Vehicles can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Find out more or join by visiting the car club website.



In 2018, Liftshare celebrated its 20th birthday and is now the UK’s biggest car sharing network. It provides a free matching service to people with limited or no access to a car or who want to reduce car or fuel use.

Register on the Liftshare website.

Electric vehicles

Some people are turning to electric vehicles as a cleaner transport option and improve air quality. Find out where the Norwich City Council owned electric vehicle charge points are here. There are apps and online directories like Zap-Map to help you locate the charge points across the UK.