Car Free Day 2021

Car Free Day is celebrated on 22 September every year in cities around the world. Motorists are asked to give up their cars for a day to see what streets would look like with fewer cars on the road. The international celebration aims to get motorists to choose healthier travel modes (walking, cycling or public transport), over a polluting car.

This year ZEN are hosting a Car Free Day event in Hackney. On Wednesday 22 September, join us on Fleetwood Street in Stoke Newington from 14:00 - 17:00. ZEN members, as well as the general public, are invited to join us to celebrate the day and take part in the festivities. The following activities will be part of the celebration:  

Test ride the new Cargo Bike Share bikes 

The Cargo Bike Share scheme is launching on Car Free Day. Come to Fleetwood Street to test ride the new electrically assisted cargo bikes and find out more about how you can incorporate them into your travel activities. 

Cargo Bike Codes at the ZEN stall  

Visit the ZEN stall on Fleetwood Street to learn more about the tri-borough ZEN project and how it helps residents and businesses. Be one of the first 50 people to visit the ZEN stall and pick up a free code to use the new Cargo Bike Share scheme. 

Cargo bike market 

Numerous ZEN businesses have already seen the positive impacts of using a cargo bike. We are showcasing some of these success stories by hosting a cargo bike market as part of Car Free Day.  Come to Fleetwood Street to meet the sustainable businesses in the ZEN that have embraced an alternative to cars for their travel and delivery needs.  Between 14:00 - 17:00 residents will be able to visit the cargo bike market and pick up some delicious treats and to see the variety of goods that can be transported by bike. 

Dr Bike 

Mechanics will also be present for dr bike sessions so please bring your own bicycles along for a free service.


Car Free Day 2021 will mark the launch of ZEN’s newest scheme: Cargo Bike Share. This service, which is open to the public, is the  first publicly available cargo bike sharing scheme in the country. Cargo Bike Share aims to help residents and businesses in the three ZEN boroughs transport goods by bike and rethink the way they travel. Four cargo bike docking stations have been installed: on Fleetwood Street in Stoke Newington; Broadway Market; and Calvert Avenue and Pitfield Street in Shoreditch. Join ZEN on Wednesday 22 September from 14:00 to 17:00 for fun, festivities and the launch of a transformative new transport scheme. Come along to see the power and potential of cargo bikes and e-cargo bikes to help local residents and businesses reduce transport emissions and build sustainability into their daily routines.

Car Free Day - Zero Emissions Network