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More than 8,000 people have backed a petition calling on to launch London’s first ever ‘Car Free Day’.
As part of a drive to cut nearly 100 organisations have urged the to ban private cars on September 22.
Celebrations and street parties would be held across London as part of the event, campaigners said.
An open letter was sent this week to Mr Khan by groups including Friends of the Earth, environment law firm ClientEarth, King’s College London researchers and neighbourhood forums across 15 London boroughs.
It said the event could spark long-term reductions in air pollution, while reducing the number of private cars on roads and encouraging more people to cycle or walk.
Pollution levels in some parts of London fell by up to 89 per cent as roads were closed for this year’s London Marathon (PA)
An earlier letter – sent in March – prompted a response by Deputy Mayor for Transport Valerie Shawcross and Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy Shirley Rodrigues, who said they are working with teams to examine “what is possible above our existing activity on this issue”.
Now, a petition launched by Marco Picardi to promote the event has gained mass support among Londoners.
Mr Picardi wrote in a statement: “Everyday Londoners like me are breathing in toxic fumes that can seriously damage our health.
“This city is home for me and my family, and because of that I’m determined to do something about it.”
Research showed the air quality improved by almost nine tenths along Upper Thames Street as vehicles were barred from roads.