A day to put Guildford’s pedestrians first: Car Free Day

Be part of Guildford’s celebration of Car Free Day on Sunday 26 September as we put pedestrians first in the town centre.

The town centre will be transformed, featuring market stalls from Ethical Vegan, Rural Crafts, antiques and our Farmer’s Market. Other stalls offering street food, live music and street performances from local groups and street play for children. There will also be lots of information about how residents can step up their actions to tackle climate change. Leave you car at home and use alternative forms of transport, such as walking, cycling and public transport.

Cllr Maddy Redpath, Ward Councillor for Trinity, said: “On Guildford’s Car Free Day there will be lots to see, do and learn. The day will give Guildfordians and visitors a chance to see our historic architecture from new angles. Businesses can take advantage of the extra space. The day will encourage local groups to engage with the public through stalls, music and environmental education. It’s time we reimagine what we can do with our town if more of it is pedestrian and cycle friendly.”

Cllr Jan Harwood, Lead Councillor for Climate Change, said: “It’s really important that we start thinking bigger about how we tackle climate change, and our individual parts to play.

“Although this is one day, and won’t fix the pollution issues we have, I want people to use this day as a catalyst. By trying out leaving our cars at home, we may find that it’s easier, cheaper and better for both the environment and our health, to use alternative forms of transport. So I encourage everyone to come join us in Guildford for a taste of a better future and don’t forget your reusable bags and water bottle!”

Car Free Day is part of how we are using the £140,000 Welcome Back Fund. The government scheme is providing councils across England with a share of £56 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This is to support the safe return to high streets and help rebuild after the pandemic.

A more enjoyable experience is just a walk away in our town centre this Car Free Day.