St Albans celebrates Car-free Event


Melissa Caneppele painted masterpieces on children’s faces last Sunday, 26th September. Melissa was not alone in providing fun for the family. From giant games and circus tricks, to sport activites and rickshaw rides, there was a vibrant atmosphere in St Peter’s Street for the all-important Car-free Event run by the St Albans City and District Council.

The aim is to encourage people to leave their cars at home and try out a different form of transport. If you were short of ideas, there was plenty of inforfmation provided about car-sharing, cycling to work and lots more. The Cycle Campaigners had a ‘bright’ presence with their bikes, information leaflets, Rickshaw and electronic bike. Historic walking tours and bikes races took place and even Dr Bike was there to check your bike for free.

This event coincides with the National Car-free day, 22nd September. ‘Let World Car-free Day be a showcase for just how our cities might look like, feel like, and sound like without cars…365 days a year.’(

The St Albans District Council is committed to achieving a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and thankfully next year they aim to close off St Peter’s Street for the day, from traffic!’

That will indeed be a beautiful, serene sight for our ancient, historic city. If only it could last….

For national information read

For Melissa’s (Facepainting and Arty Party) website (worth a look!); or phone 07930 222567

St Albans Liftshare scheme

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Maria Larmer lives in St Albans and is married with four children. She works as a Freelance Writer, English Language Teacher and Teaching Assistant. She has lived in Auckland, New Zealand for 9 years and prior to that in France, Germany, Austria, Edinburgh, London and Ireland. Her diary-writing has featured on 'The Wild Geese' Channel 4 and Radio Verulam. She has written for Hertfordshire Life magazine, Go Camping magazine, Camping magazine, The Catholic Times, St Albans & Harpenden Review, New Zealand Times, The New Beacon, My Weekly and various websites. She can be contacted on