People on bikes on the road

Thousands of residents enjoyed the ‘car free’ High Street in Wanstead

Published: 16 September 2021

Thousands of residents came to walk, cycle and play on the ‘car free’ High Street in Wanstead as the Council ‘reclaimed’ the road from traffic for the day.

The High Street event organised by Redbridge Council’s  Smarter Travel Team ran alongside the Wanstead Festival which took place on Christchurch Green last Sunday (12 September).

The event promoted active and sustainable travel options, clean air initiatives and other environmental projects from Redbridge Council.

Council staff were on hand to demonstrate the new cycle hangars currently being installed across the borough - with many new locations being suggested by residents. Find out all about our cycling schemes, events and training.

The Neighbourhood Team were on hand to provide advice and explain all about Redbridge's recycling schemes as well as our reusable nappy scheme which aims to reduce waste. They also organised a play street which saw children turn the road into a play area with traditional games.

Two Dr Bikes specialists were kept busy fixing and safety checking bikes free for residents who cycled to the event alongside cycle instructors who advised residents on free bike training to build confidence. Our expert bike instructors also led some local cycle rides exploring the local area

Cllr Jo Blackman, Cabinet Member for Environment and Civic Pride at Redbridge Council, who was at the event, said:

“The partial closure of Wanstead high street was a great success - it was wonderful to see so many families enjoying the extra space and engaging with the activities provided.

“It was an important sign of our commitment to making Redbridge greener and more environmentally friendly borough not only for our local residents but for all those who come to visit our parks, open spaces and high streets.

“This festival and our High Street event was also a great opportunity for the community to come back together after a difficult 18 months.”

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