Walking key to problem
The latest RCP report into UK air pollution highlights the importance of getting more people walking and cycling.
Road traffic is the most significant cause of air pollution and with 39 per cent of journeys under two miles being driven; swapping four wheels for two feet is an easy and effective way to tackle the problem.
The Government has a legal duty to protect people from the harmful effects of pollution, which are more likely to affect children and older people.
It must prioritise investment to make our towns and cities safe and attractive so that more people start walking and experiencing the benefits it brings.
It’s good to see the report recommending local authorities be given the power to limit the amount of cars on the road, especially around schools.
This will result in safer, cleaner and healthier streets for all of us, and would go some way to tackling inactivity levels too.
Very simply – more walking means less air pollution.
Head of Policy & Research, Living Streets