Urban air pollution is a public health crisis in Scotland, killing over 2,500 people every year. This June, let’s reclaim parking spaces to celebrate our urban space and paint a vision for a future beyond the dominance of the private car.

Air pollution affects everyone. Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Perth as well as other towns all have illegal levels of air pollution.

Traffic is the key culprit. Cars take up way too much space in our urban areas. They cause pollution, congestion, and can make us feel unsafe to walk or cycle in some areas, creating  social stagnation.

In the days around Clean Air Day this June, we are making a bold and loud challenge to the dominance of the private car in our cities and towns. We want as many people as possible to reimagine and reclaim the streets by turning parking spaces into Pop-Up Parks.

Together we can showcase how brilliant, healthy and inspiring our urban realms could look if we had car-free city centres. They could be changed if we took spaces away from vehicles for cycle lanes, pavements, and public space.

Confirmed Events for June 2018

Pop-Up Park Edinburgh

Saturday 16 June, 11am – 2pm, George Street

Join us as we take over 20 suspended parking spaces to create our very own pop-up park. Bring props if you can (cushions, plants, tea cups), or just yourself for a day of fun in the sun. We’ll be joined by Sustrans, Spokes, 2050 Climate Group and Dr Bike repair service courtesy of The Bike Station.

Free drop-in sessions include:

* 11.00: Pop-up yoga with Still Flow Yoga
* 12.00: Singing workshop with Caro Bridges
* 13.00: Shiatsu session
* 14.00: Mindfulness session
* Drop-in kids’ area with hopscotch, arts & crafts
* Drop-in juggling and hula-hooping
* Drop-in bike sessions with Dr Bike, Spokes and Sustrans

Street Life: Car-Free Festival Glasgow

Friday 22 June, 3-7pm, Braeside Street

Join us for the first free Street Life car-free festival in Glasgow! We’ll be taking over Braeside Street for a traffic-free afternoon for all local groups, residents and wider community. Supported by Carfree Glasgow, Free Wheel North, Bike for Good Glasgow, Friends of the Earth Scotland and more!

With thanks to Inhabit for Park(ing) Day images from around the world and to Maki Kawaguchi and Park(ing) Day for use of their ‘Shifting the Paradigm’  sprouting car image.