In Town Without My Car Day

A free waterslide is returning to Aberdeen city centre next month (Sept) as part of In Town Without My Car Day.

The event is one of several planned to help people find out more about public transport, responsible car use, cycling, and walking alternatives to using a car, and also to demonstrate to people how space can be used differently.

The Day is taking place in Schoolhill, Belmont Street, Gaelic Lane and Little Belmont Street from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 25 September and features lots of free, family-friendly activities and information stalls.

Activities will include:* Aberdeen Science Centre hands-on experiments which people can try at home and experience stepping inside a giant bubble;* Watching the Aberdeen University Circus Skills Society demonstrating its juggling and performance skills throughout the day;* Discovering all shapes of bikes including a penny farthing and unicycle.

Details for booking the waterslide will be made public at a later date.

2016 will be the seventh year in a row the city is hosting In Town Without My Car Day, and motorists should be aware Belmont Street, Little Belmont Street, Gaelic Lane and Schoolhill between Back Wynd and Blackfriars Street, will be closed so the free events can be hosted.

In Town Without My Car Day, sponsored cycle rides and bicycle roadshows are all part of the fun for European Mobility Week in Aberdeen.

The European Union-backed campaign promotes sustainability and cities are encouraged to take part by signing up to the campaign and pledging to raise awareness by holding events and implementing permanent measures.

Aberdeen City Council Regeneration and Transport spokesman Councillor Ross Grant said: “It is fantastic the waterslide is coming back to the city centre as part of In Town Without My Car Day as it was such a popular event last year.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to the event where they can also find out how easy it can be to get about the city using alternative forms of transport to a car.”

This year’s theme for European Mobility Week is “Smart and sustainable mobility – an investment for Europe” with the tagline “Smart Economy, Strong economy”, and more details will be made available soon about events which have been organised as part of the Week.