Croydon leaders joined children and campaigners in a 'hop past' outside City Hall to launch a London-wide play street pledge ahead of world car free day.

Stuart King, council member for environment, transport and regeneration, joined London's walking and cycling commissioner, Will Norman, and deputy mayor for transport, Heidi Alexander, bouncing on spacehoppers outside the Mayor's office.

Representatives from 16 London boroughs – including Croydon – signed up to a pledge committing them to promoting, supporting and approving as many play streets in their boroughs as they can to mark the global event.

It’s hoped at least 200 streets across the capital will be transformed into temporary play spaces on Sunday September 22, which is World Car Free Day.

Paul Hocker, director of London Play said: “For 364 days a year the car is king in the capital, but on September 22nd it’s all change.

"Car Free Day brings clean air, community fun and play on the street to London.

"The response from people last year to get involved was overwhelming. London Play expects to be overwhelmed again this year and we can’t wait.”

Play streets are, resident-organised events where neighbours agree to close their street temporarily to traffic, allowing children to play freely and safely.

Anyone who wants to see their street become a play space on Car Free Day will need to consult their neighbours and apply to their local council well in advance of the day.