13,000 lives would be saved and there would be a £9bn boost to the economy if, over ten years, more people got out of cars and started walking and cycling instead.
Dec 4, 2017
A new air-qaulity model shows that 13,000 lives would be saved and there would be a £9bn boost to the economy if, over ten years, more people got out of cars and started walking and cycling instead.
The model has been created by Sustrans in partnership with environmental consultancy Eunomia. The model – said to be the “first of its kind” – aims to support local authorities in making the case for investment in boosting walking and cycling and estimates the contribution of active travel in reducing levels of particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide – and the subsequent benefits to public health.
It found that if targets to double journeys by bike and increase walking by 300 stages per person in the England’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy were met, this would prevent more than 8300 premature deaths from air pollution and result in £5.67 n in benefits to the public purse over ten years – through the avoided costs associated with poor air quality, including NHS treatment in hospital for respiratory diseases.