Lothian Buses is delighted to be participating in World Car Free Day in Edinburgh next weekend at a free, community-focused event supported by The City of Edinburgh Council and organised by Crexcell.
As a mark of respect following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, Edinburgh’s Car Free Day was postponed (from the official date, Thursday, 22 September), and will now be staged on Waverley Bridge on Sunday 2 October between 1100hrs and 1900hrs.
Waverley Bridge will be transformed into an inclusive community hub of information, inspiration and activity encouraging people to consider alternatives to car travel in Edinburgh.
What is World Car Free Day?
World Car Free Day is a worldwide initiative to encourage motorists to reset how they think about travel and use more sustainable transport. It promotes the improvement of public transport, cycling and walking, and the development of healthier, greener neighbourhoods where jobs are closer to home and where shopping is within a short walk, wheel or cycle from home.
What’s happening at Edinburgh’s Car Free Day?
Lothian will be there on the day to chat about services, including Park and Ride options, and the vast opportunities for – and the benefits of using – public transport. Police Scotland will also offer support to cyclists and walkers with cycle security and personal safety advice, bike marking and general crime prevention information.
The city’s public transport operators, cycling and environmental campaigners, active travel and public safety organisations are all taking part.
There will also be a hosted reception and information point, additional bike parking, a wellbeing area with health and fitness demonstrations and classes and a chill-out zone. Local singers and bands including Sara Forshaw, Folk Drama, and The Wispz will provide the musical entertainment throughout the day.
Chris MacKay, Lothian’s Sustainability Officer, said: “Lothian is fully committed to reducing emissions across the city in line with the council’s ambitious plans for Edinburgh to be a net zero city by 2030.
“Our continued investment in low emission buses, combined with our on-going fleet replacement strategy, demonstrates our commitment to driving air quality change across our city and we are delighted to support World Car Free Day.”