Car-free day in Norwich

Norwich once again embraced the joy of streets where children can play free of the dangers of through traffic. Matt White of Car-Free Norwich reports on an inspiring day

“This year’s Car-Free Day 2023 saw six Norwich roads closed to traffic and opened up to communities: with games, face-painting, roller-skating, three-legged races and general delightfulness.

“Huge thanks to the residents of Havelock Road, Helena Road, Highland Avenue, Lindley Street, Tillett Road and Vincent Road, for all their efforts in creating a special and memorable day, and brilliantly showing how our streets could be put to much better – and friendlier! – use than being primarily car storage zones.

“If you’re inspired to get involved next year – or to host some play street sessions in the meantime – feel free to drop any questions to And get talking about it to your neighbours. It’s never too early to start sowing some community action seeds!”

Photos by Richard Andrews and Fern Blevins


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