Tempest Road to close for World Car Free Day 2019

Tempest Road in Beeston, together with roads in Otley and Headingley is to be closed to traffic on Sunday 22 September as part of celebrations for World Car Free Day.

Leeds will join cities from across the world including London and Paris taking part in this year’s World Car Free Day next weekend to raise awareness of the environmental benefits of leaving the car at home.

Part of Tempest Road will be transformed into a safe community space with family-friendly activities, information stalls, food and crafts from 12pm until 4pm. The closure will take effect from 11am until 5pm.

Leeds City Council is encouraging citizens to choose more sustainable ways to travel (such as taking the bus, cycling, or walking) to get around on the day and beyond to help improve air quality and protect the health of everyone in Leeds.

Exhaust emissions from diesel and petrol vehicles are the biggest single contributor to outdoor air pollution in Leeds. They are also a significant contributor to the city’s carbon footprint.

Residents can find out more about the World Car Free Day events in the events section on Leeds City Council’s official Facebook page.

Cllr Lisa Mulherin, Executive Member for Climate Change, Transport and Sustainable Development said:

“Like most of our city’s residents, Leeds City Council believes that tackling air pollution to protect the health of everyone in our city is a priority.

“In Leeds, more of our outdoor air pollution comes from the exhausts of diesel and petrol vehicles than from any other source. We can all make a real difference to air quality in our communities by choosing to leave the car at home more often.

“By closing roads for the day and hosting family-friendly and community-led events in the heart of some of Leeds’ most vibrant neighbourhoods, residents will have the opportunity to come together with their neighbours to enjoy the activates on offer and consider how we might all reduce our carbon footprint and improve air quality.”

Residents inspired by Car Free Day can easily arrange temporary road closures in their own communities at any time of the year by applying to host a play street or street party.

Businesses, entertainers, food vendors, or residents interested in having a presence at any of the events can still do so by contacting the event organisers at: SEAQEvents@leeds.gov.uk.


This post is based on a press release issued by Leeds City Council

Photo: A street closure outside Lane End Primary School earlier this year


5 Replies to “Tempest Road to close for World Car Free Day 2019”

  1. Car free day! but it’s ok to build a park & ride on our doorstep in an area with high numbers of people with COPD and asthma – Leeds City Council what a joke.

    1. Lcc are a joke should sort the transport system 1st before telling all to cycle ‘walk or bus it…..park and ride at stourton and south leeds is choking…….no clean air zone here…..shame on you ms blake….

    2. So no Park and Ride and no car free Tempest Road. It’s really you that is the joke. Is it the pollution caused by the parked cars that you object to? I’ve never heard so much rubbish for many a year…

      1. I cannot help but think that if the council are promoting a car free day that there is a ulterior motive behind it.Being somewhat cynical I fail to see what it will achieve regarding clean air.If someone wishes to use their car on that day then to reach their destination via the proposed closed road then they will have to take a detour thus causing more pollution albeit in a different location.If it is something that can be done on a alternative day,then surely the pollution level will be higher due to the added traffic congestion.I suspect the council will monitor the pollution that Sunday and call it a resounding success without checking other areas that may have taken extra detoured traffic.Methinks this could be a long term LCC ploy to introduce a congestion charge similar to London.

  2. This is not a photo of Tempest Road and what difference does it mean to air pollution when cars are forced to go on to Lodge lane.How is this helping anyone?The pollution is still here !!! one street away saves what?

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