Scotland | The Sunday Times)
October 21 2018, 12:01am,
Poll reveals almost half of residents back Paris-style traffic-free schemes to cut pollution and protect pedestrians and cyclists
Mark Macaskill and John Boothman
Vehicles spew out fumes in a jam in Glasgow, where 48% of those questioned said they were in favour of introducing car-free zones for a day a monthALAMYA ban on cars entering Scottish city centres would have strong public support, an exclusive poll for The Sunday Times suggests. Almost half of respondents backed the move after increasing concern over the effect of vehicle pollution on human health.
Edinburgh is poised to join the car-free movement, in which city centres become car-free zones for a day a month, to try to curb emissions and make it safer for people to walk and cycle. Similar events would find favour in all but one of the nation’s seven cities, according to a Panelbase survey of 1,024 adults.
The poll also reveals overall optimism for the future of urban centres, strong support for a ban on begging, but apathy on the merits of elected mayors.