Ever since the London congestion charge was introduced in February 2003, it has been clear the UKs capital is serious about reducing the amount of emi
Ever since the London congestion charge was introduced in February 2003, it has been clear the UKs capital is serious about reducing the amount of emissions that are pumped into the air, becoming greener and thus improving the environment on a broader level. Fifteen years on however and there are still major worries regarding London’s air quality and so here we look at what is being done to increase cycling and reduce traffic.
“The London Marathon 2018 Saw 89% Drop in Air Pollution”
The above headline was featured on the HuffPost website following this year’s London Marathon, when the roads were closed off in order for the event to take place. Evidence indeed, not that it was needed, of the impact heavy traffic has on the quality of air in London on a daily basis.
Car-free Days Will Help to Reduce London’s Air Pollution
One of the measures that is currently being considered by City Hall in London is car-free days. Initially, the scheme will be rolled out across specific boroughs at different times throughout the year, but there are “more ambitious plans” for 2019, that could see car-free days introduced across the whole of central London.
This type of scheme will, of course, have some impact on the capitals air pollution as well as encouraging people to use public transport and to take to their bicycles.
Cycling is a Major Player in the Bid to Reduce London Air Pollution
As well as walking, cycling is the healthiest and most environmentally friendly way to get from A to B, no matter where you are in the world. Encouraging people to do this in our most polluted cities, like London, however, is where most impact could be made.
The new protected cycle lanes that were introduced in 2017 have proved to be extremely effective and popular. The Guardian recently reported that “At peak times, the new cycling infrastructure moves an average of 46% of people along the route despite occupying only 30% of the equivalent road space.”
Brompton Bicycles, Lockers and Docks
In addition to government led schemes and incentives, there are a number of private companies who are helping the drive towards a cleaner capital. Brompton supply a range of bicycles that are noted for their city-friendly design. The bikes fold away and so carrying them when they are not in use and storing them is much easy that it is with a conventional bike design.
There are also Brompton bike lockers and docks where the bikes can be left safely whilst commuters are at work in the city. Plus, should you want a bike on a temporary basis, they can be hired and so overall this innovative company are providing multiple ways in which to encourage the public to take to two wheels.
London then, it seems is making some good headway when it comes to pollution, but in the words of its mayor Sadiq Khan, “London is the greatest city in the world, but I want to see it become one of the greenest, and for us to regain our past global reputation for being at the forefront of environmental action.”