Cycle Industry News)
December 14, 2016Mark Sutton
With pollution choking cities, many of whom are announcing increasing restrictions on motor vehicles, experts suggest that the problem is undoubtedly worse than is reported. Cycling UK therefore believes re-investing in transport behaviour change could be key to driving forward quick progress.
Roger Geffen, Cycling UK Policy Director said: “In this post-truth world, some journalists and politicians have claimed that cycle lanes actually worsen congestion and pollution. They can in fact take large numbers of polluting vehicles off the road, with a typical road lane carrying an average of 2,000 cars per hour or 14,000 bicycles.”
“Let’s therefore use the revenue brought in from Clean Air Zones to fund sustainable travel, like cycling and walking. Our air will become more breathable and our cities more livable. We don’t need to wait for new techno-fixes to clear up our air, the 200-year-old bicycle can do it right now.”
The cycling charity also urged compulsory cycle proofing of roads in Clean Air Zone areas to bolster progress on dangerous particulate matter and safety for those who do choose to cycle.
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