Roman Road at the heart of Car Free Day

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Tower Hamlets Council is closing Roman Road in Bow on Sunday 22 September to create a Play Street for families as part of London Car Free Day.

More than 20km (12.4 miles) of roads will be closed to motor vehicles across London as the capital joins cities around the world to enjoy its public spaces.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “Car Free Day is a great opportunity to bring communities together and enjoy our streets. Improving air quality and making our streets more liveable are two key challenges we are aiming to tackle through this and other schemes. Traffic congestion and road safety are a real concern for residents and Car Free Day will give us a chance to see what traffic-free streets could look like.”

Tower Hamlets Council will be closing a 400m stretch of Roman Road in Bow to make way for free activities from 12noon including crazy golf, human table football, Jenga, Connect 4 and chess.

Bikeworks will be running an all ability cycling taster session and Dr Bike will be providing a free bike mechanic service for local riders. There will also be an area for people to sit, relax and socialise between activities as well as the opportunity to find out more about the council’s ambitious Liveable Streets programme.

Roman Road will be closed to vehicle traffic from 10am to 8pm at the junctions with Parnell Road and St Stephen’s Road. Cardigan Road, Ewart Place, William Place and Usher Road will also be traffic-free at their junctions with Roman Road.

David Edgar, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We are looking at ways to improve the experience of walking and cycling in Tower Hamlets. The mayor's Liveable Streets programme is designed to improve the look and feel of 17 neighbourhoods and make it easier, safer and more convenient to travel sustainably.

“We’re investing millions of pounds into repairs and maintenance of our roads and pavements and introducing 50 traffic free School or Play Streets to improve air quality and road safety.”

The city’s Santander Cycles hire network, which includes 119 stations in the borough, will also be free of charge on the day to help commuters get around the city.

Free cycle training is available for anyone that lives, works or studies in Tower Hamlets. For more information visit


Posted on Tuesday 17th September 2019