World Car Free Day

World Car Free Day

About this activity

Suitable for all schools. Supports the Geography and PSHCE National Curriculum.

NB: We’re bringing together all the TfL education programmes, including STARS, under one exciting new umbrella programme called TfL Travel for Life. They will be the same great programmes but with a new name and a new look, easier online process and dedicated support team. STARS for primary schools will be renamed TfL Explorers. STARS for secondary schools will be renamed TfL Pioneers.

TfL Travel for Life is supporting the World Car Free Day on Friday 22nd September 2023.  By taking part, your school will be part of a global movement to encourage active and safe travel on the journey to school. You’ll be joining children across London in celebrating the benefits of active, sustainable and independent travel.

On the day you could run an assembly and hold a whole host of travel activities to encourage parents to leave the car at home, it is entirely up to your school! See the resources section for ideas.

Encourage those who need to drive to Park and Stride – where parents park their cars a distance from school and walk the last part of their journey. This could be launched at the same time as your TfL Travel for Life Car Free Day.

How it works

To participate, you will plan for the day, and take part in the World Car Free day on Friday 22nd September 2023. All the activities you run will count towards your STARS accreditation.

This activity supports the Vision Zero target to eliminate death and serious injuries on London’s streets.

Activity steps

Sign up
Register your school’s interest with your local borough officer.
Plan the travel activities you will be running on the day such as holding an assembly or running a Healthy school street. Set up a team or work with your TfL Ambassadors, school travel working group and/or school council to plan your day.
Set up a TfL Travel for Life Car Free Day survey group and carry out a hands-up survey before the event. On the day carry out another survey to compare the results and check for success.
Encourage your pupils to create a poster to display on a prominent notice board and communicate to parents using our letter template.
On the day- Check for success and celebrate
Enjoy your TfL Travel for Life Car Free Day activities and take lots of pictures! Congratulate everyone who travelled to school car-free. Record your survey figures on the poster provided. What car reduction did your school achieve?
Tell your story
Sign in to STARS to add your story and include pupils’ feedback. Explain the activity and add photos. Feedback to your borough officer


  • Walking
  • Scooting
  • Cycling
  • Public transport
  • Smarter driving
  • Road safety

This activity counts towards:

  • Travel activity

How it helps

  • Supports Geography, PSHE and Citizenship
  • Reduces air pollution around schools
  • Supports all STARS travel activities