MARK CHANDLERFriday 23 September 2016
Sadiq Khan has hinted car-free days could be on their way to London in a bid to get people walking and cut air pollution.
Mr Khan’s office mooted the move as Paris prepared to ban cars from 400 miles of its streets this Sunday.
The French capital is one of a host around the globe marking World Car-Free Day.
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo has already backed the idea of a slimmed-down on the first Sunday of each month for streets around the Champs Elysees.
And today, the Mayor of London’s office said Mr Khan was “supportive” of the idea hitting London in the near future.
“He is overseeing hard-hitting new measures to tackle London’s polluted air and is supportive of events like car-free days that both lower toxic car fumes and encourage pedestrians to get out and enjoy their streets more.”
Last October, a poll by YouGov showed overwhelming support for a car-free day similar to the one in Paris.
In all, 63 per cent of respondents backed motor vehicles being banned from the central third of the city for one day.
And 58 per cent of people were supportive of having one every month.