- The Mayor of London is committed to improving London’s air quality, and is tackling the issue with a range of policy initiatives. The Mayor plans to launch Air Quality Audits around schools, as well as a Toxicity-Charge for older vehicles and Ultra-Low Emission Zones (ULEZ) in central London to combat air pollution.
- Our streets require a new layer of infrastructure to achieve Low Emission Neighbourhoods and Electric Streets. No-idling zones, co-ordinated deliveries, smart benches, electric vehicle charging points and Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) parking bays are some of the components that need to be added to our streets to help improve air quality.
- Temporary initiatives can add long-term value. Parklets have sparked new forms of temporary public space; changing people’s perception around how streets are used, overnight. Besides creating welcoming spaces for interaction, parklets have also been proven to increase footfall and business for surrounding hospitality and retail shop fronts.
- Public private partnerships can lead to rapid and productive change. Innovative companies can fund the installation costs of electric vehicle charge points, smart parking sensors and smart benches, but it is important that local boroughs consider the management implications and the physical and visual impact on the public realm.
- Trees are essential for improving London’s air quality. With long-term planning and a splash of creativity trees can be planted in previously unconsidered spaces in the city, providing an estimated £133 million of benefits a year.
- Local Boroughs should think about the following if planning future air quality awareness campaigns. The purpose and scope of the event, the best possible location, identifying the key partners as well as potential conflicting stakeholders, how the impact can be quantified and how the event will be documented and shared with the greater public.
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