First Play Street Opens

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Roads in Poplar were closed to traffic on 25 March from 2:30pm until 5:30pm so that parents and children could enjoy a variety of games, cycling opportunities and performances from local schools. 

The borough's first ‘Play Street’ took place on Bygrove Street and a section of Ricardo Street, E14. It was organised by Sustrans, a sustainable transport charity, so that pupils at Lansbury Lawrence Primary School could benefit from a reduction in traffic fumes. 

Alison Litherland, Sustran’s Bike It Officer for Tower Hamlets, said:

“We want to create a healthier, more liveable street environment around our schools, encourage a reduction in car use and to make the area around the schools safer and cleaner- improving the quality of life for everyone.” 

Councillor Rachel Blake, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Air Quality said:

“Play Streets demonstrate the difference a reduction in traffic can make to air quality and help raise awareness about what we can do locally to reduce pollution levels."

Posted on Tuesday 2nd April 2019