Doesn’t building more cycle lanes cause air pollution?March 10, 2020 0 COMMENTS
No. Evidence shows this to be untrue. Motorised road transport is a significant source of nitrous oxide (Nox) and particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) emissions in London. We must continue to reduce these emissions by enabling more Londoners to choose walking, cycling and public transport for their journeys, as the most obvious and convenient way to move around.
Improved cycling facilities are designed to make cycling safer and ensure we make more efficient use of limited road space in London. They have helped increase the capacity on some of London’s critical road corridors. For example, monitoring data from Upper Thames Street along the East – West Cycleway continues to show reducing levels of PM10 in in both 2017 and 2018. In Waltham Foresti there was a 5 per cent increase in the total number of people travelling in the peak hour following the introduction of segregated cycle lanes.
By encouraging more people to choose sustainable and space-efficient modes of transport, we can ensure that London’s roads will be more reliable for freight, services and other essential journeys made by motorised modes. We also take measures to reduce the impact Healthy
Streets schemes in the final, completed state and also during the construction stages. This includes the planning of works to minimise impact on buses, cyclist and pedestrians through careful phasing wherever possible.
TfL works with its contractors to carry out more work during quieter periods such as school holidays, overnight and school hours only, according to the constraints of the project. Where needed, additional buses may be provided to maintain frequency on routes experiencing delays due to works. Improvements are urgently needed to ensure we build an environment that is suitable for the next generation as well as people living in the area. This includes doing everything possible to reduce road danger, passive travel and toxic emissions. It’s a public health issue.
Sylvia is the current Brent Cycling Campaign Coordinator. She is a Cricklewood resident and a cargobike mum of two.