Activate your own 'ActiveStreet'

The council’s ActiveStreets programme is now in development, and is a key commitment of our ActiveWestminster strategy (entitled Activate Your City, Lives and Neighbourhoods), as well as being part of our Biodiversity and Open Spaces strategy.

Our ActiveStreets programme consists of three types of ActiveStreet:

  1. Play Streets - a permanent designation which will provide priority over traffic to children and families to play in streets at specified times. This is underpinned by Department for Transport legislation (Section 29, Road Traffic Act 1984).
  2. Street Play - facilitated by temporary road closures for children and families to play in streets at specified days, times and locations. We will shape a policy that makes applying for Street Play as simple and as affordable (ideally, free) as possible.
  3. School Streets - provided either via permanent or temporary road closures for school children to play in the streets outside the school at specified days and times.

Each ActiveStreet should be supported by:

  • an initial programme of sports and play activities for children, young people, families and older people which is led by ActiveWestminster, your local school and/or our an external partner -  a programme of activities can be anything from one day to up to a year
  • ‘StreetMakers’ - once set up, the programme should identify, recruit, train and deploy parents, volunteers, community groups to continue to the programme after the initial period (this will ensure you and your local community maintain ownership of your ActiveStreet)

The ActiveStreets programme exists to:

  • provide easy access to physical activity, leisure and sport opportunities to keep our neighbourhoods active 
  • improve air quality in local environments and encourage more people to take up more active travel, such as walking or cycling
  • help bring the local community together so that residents can get to know their neighbours 

The council is currently accepting applications for a street play sessions to take place for World Car-free Day on 22 September 2019. To find out how to apply  

Last updated: 14 October 2019