oris Johnson spoke in parliament a month ago about the opportunity to create a new “golden age” of cycling. The fear, according to Lucy Greaves at her community cycling project in Bristol, is that the chance is already slipping away. Urban roads that were so blissfully quiet during lockdown, encouraging many people on to bicycles, are starting to fill again with cars, vans and buses. A government pot of £225 million to turn road space over to pedestrians and cyclists has been open for bidding by local authorities for pop-up lanes and other schemes — but the worry is whether those measures will arrive soon enough for returning commuters to go to work on their bikes instead of getting back into their cars.
Times 16th June 2020 read more »
Growing evidence of a link between air pollution and the impact of coronavirus means the government has a legal obligation to urgently review its air quality strategy, according to lawyers. In a letter to ministers, the lawyers argue that refusing to order a review would breach UK law, the precautionary principle and the European convention on human rights. Dirty air is estimated to cause 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK, and evidence is mounting that it is linked to increased Covid-19 infection rates and death rates. The lawyers, acting for Mums for Lungs and the Good Law Project, say this potential risk to life means ministers must act even if the evidence is not yet conclusive. The letter adds to pressure on the government from 90 parliamentarians who on Friday backed action on air pollution to help avoid a second coronavirus peak. Meanwhile, a new air pollution inquiry by MPs on the environment, food and rural affairs select committee will examine delays in the rollout of clean air zones in cities as a result of the pandemic.
Guardian 16th June 2020 read more »
A flagship project to build more than 50 green housing developments looks set to create more than 200,000 car-dependent families, a study warns. The Government presented its plan to build dozens of sustainable “garden communities” across England as an environmentally friendly way to tackle the housing crisis. It pledged to create more than 400,000 new homes in idyllic locations with strong public transport links, cycle lanes and good local amenities.
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