Sadly the weather isn’t exactly playing ball, but parts of Greenwich town centre are closed to cars today as part of Car Free Day 2018.
It’s on until 6pm (it’d be great to have it late into the night with live music – maybe next year) with food, drink, music, games and activities.
Local businesses will be opening up into the street with food and crafts whilst children will enjoy street performers and various activities laid out.
One area that won’t see much use unless some changes happen soon is a beach area.
It’s part of world Car Free Day 2018, which sees numerous streets closed across London and other world cities.
The variation in closures is marked. Bexley and Lewisham have none, Greenwich one, Hackney over 15 and Richmond more than 25.
The one way system in Greenwich is due to be replaced by two-way traffic in coming years.
— David Vernon (@parasitoidwasp) September 22, 2018
That very spot sees poor parking on a very regular basis, as does the entire road with minimal enforcement.
Let’s hope it spurs on Greenwich Council towards a change in attitudes to streets elsewhere in the borough as just down the road in east Greenwich at this very moment traffic is terrible, parking is blocking bus and cycle lanes and the notoriously awful streetscapes and public realm is still there, mostly untouched for many years, hostile to pedestrians and pretty much ignored by the authority despite ample funds coming into their coffers from nearby developments.