Rosie Scammell Monday 29 February 2016 07.30 GMT
Within the next few weeks local authorities nationwide will begin competing for the state cash, with Milan’s councillor for mobility, Pierfrancesco Maran, hoping to be first in line. While there is already a movement in Milan to make the city cycle-friendly, such as a successful bike sharing scheme, he believes more could be done.
“Reimburse those who go to work by bike; a project similar to the one in France,” Maran said. Under the French system trialled in 2014, employees were paid 25 cents per kilometre they pedalled to work. A pilot on the same principle is currently being rolled out in Massarosa, a small Tuscan town where 50 people are said to be taking part.
by Laura Laker February 29 2016
Milan would like to pay its citizens to cycle to work in a bid to cut air pollution in the city.
In December a €35m (£27m) fund was set up by the Italian government for sustainable transport schemes after parts of Italy suffered dangerous levels of air pollution. If Milan’s bid is successful over the coming weeks, the city would follow a French trial from 2014, where employees were paid 25 cents per mile cycled.
However, as the Guardian(link is external)
reports, opinion is split over how effective the scheme will be, with some saying financial incentives are not enough to overcome people’s fear of cycling with motor traffic, and in heavily polluted air. Meanwhile, a recent study shows three quarters of carbon dioxide produced by cars in the South East of England comes from outside of London.
Stop Killing Cyclists targets DfT in pollution protest by Laura Laker February 29 2016
Campaign group says government is doing too little to reduce air pollution that kills 9,500 Londoners per year
Stop Killing Cyclists is staging a protest outside the Department for Transport (DfT) headquarters to highlight the more than 9,500 Londoners it says are “poisoned to death each year by transport pollution”.
The group, known for its die-ins, is calling supporters to meet on 27 April on Horseferry Road(link is external)
at 5pm to protest government policy it says is doing too little to tackle air pollution, while prioritising the least efficient private motor cars.
The group’s co-founder, Donnachadh McCarthy, has suggested a ban to private cars in London each time EU air quality levels are broken, with a total ban on diesel cars within five years and all fossil fuel engines within ten years.
Paris goes car free today to tackle air pollution
by Laura Laker September 27 2015
The move is the latest measure by mayor Ann Hidalgo to tackle dangerous pollution levels and promote walking and cycling
Today Paris’ busy streets will be quieter and sweeter-smelling than normal as swathes of the capital go car free for the day.
For one day private cars – and motorbikes – with diesel or petrol engines are shunned from the city’s streets in a bid to raise awareness of the dangerous levels of pollution the city suffers, and to showcase city life without motor cars, where pedestrians and cyclists instead have priority.
Paris Sans Voitures takes place ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris(link is external)
, whose goal is to agree a legally binding and universal agreement on climate change from all nations of the world.
Pictures shared on Twitter, where #Parissansvoitures is now trending, show what would normally be car-choked boulevards blissfully quiet.