by Jeremy Leach, Paul Gasson, Robert Molteno and Emma Griffin
In response to public alarm over climate change, nearly two thirds of London councils had declared a climate emergency by October 2019. While it is relatively straightforward for a council to declare an emergency, it is far more challenging to commit to specific interventions that will deliver big cuts in carbon emissions.
By David Harrison, vice-chair, London Living Streets
Remember the tube strike in 2017? Full buses and angry and bewildered passengers in long queues at bus stops. I don’t blame them, but many seemed unaware that they could have easily walked to their destination.
Important locations in Central London are often separated by just a short walk. Consider the area round Covent Garden: it’s a 15-minute walk for commuters from Waterloo Station to Covent Garden; about the same for culture vultures to get from the National Gallery to the British Museum along St Martin’s Lane. Continue reading “Introducing the Central London Walking Network”
Are the streets where you live seeing more and more through traffic, especially in the morning rush hour? This is happening when non-local drivers take a short cut through a residential area to get from a major road on one side to the big route on the other. This is happening more and more as motorists used devices like Google Maps and Waze to tell them what is the quickest, least congested route to take. Continue reading “Watch our video to see the difference a low-traffic neighbourhood can make”
Streets across the capital will close on Sunday as part of World Car Free Day, including more than 20km of roads around Tower Bridge, London Bridge and the City of London as part of the Mayor’s Reimagine event.
More than 20 of London’s 32 boroughs have announced a climate emergency, with many setting 2030 as a target date to achieve net zero carbon emissions. But with transport accounting for a third of UK’s carbon dioxide emissions (the large majority from road transport) and falling at a much slower rate than other sectors, councils must take bolder action on transport to meet these targets.
London Living Streets proposes a range of policies and initiatives that London boroughs can implement right now, not only to reduce GHG emissions but also to address issues around public health, air pollution, road casualties and social inequality.