U.S. News and World Report: The Case for Bold Action in Cities
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 07/29/2019
Elysa Neumann, Centre for Public Impact
U.S. News and World Reports: The Case for Bold Action in Cities
Originally published in U.S. News and World Report.
IN JUNE 2019, LONDON Mayor Sadiq Khan made a splash when he announced that the city will go car-free for an entire day in September. The day is in response to London's air pollution crisis, a growing public health emergency, which causes 9,000 early deaths every year; vehicles account for more than 50% of air pollution in the city.
But the event, which involves shutting down 12 miles of streets in the capital, is largely symbolic. The car-free day is, after all, just a day. And with thousands of deaths every year attributable to pollution from cars, one might ask, why just one day?
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