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Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) has published a report – Active Travel in Glasgow: what have we learnt so far – which brings together GCPH learning on transport and health, with a specific focus on active travel.

In 2007, the GCPH established a programme of work to gather and analyse information about levels of active travel, to improve understanding of trends and influences on travel choices, and to evaluate the impact of transport policies and programmes on active, sustainable travel in Glasgow and the Clyde Valley area.

The infographic below shows the key findings from this research.

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Friends of the Earth Scotland are holding an event looking at Tackling Glasgow’s Air Pollution. The event will run from 6.30-8.30pm on Thursday 2 November 2017 at The Project Café, 134 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G3 6ST.

Levels of air pollution in Glasgow are breaking safety standards. Pollution has been linked with respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, stunted foetal development as well as dementia and diabetes.

Glasgow City Council recently passed proposals to introduce a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) into the city, in line with the Scottish Government’s promise to have Scotland’s first LEZ in operation by 2018.

The event is free to attend but please reserve your place via the Eventbrite website.

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Glasgow City Council has approved proposals for a Low Emission Zone (LEZ), at a recent City Administration Committee meeting. The proposals will improve air quality in the city centre and the aim is to have the LEZ in place by the end of 2018.

The committee also agreed that the Council would work together with the Scottish Government on the next steps towards Scotland’s first low emission zone, including appropriate funding; and that a further report would be submitted to the committee within the next 6 months, with specific draft proposals and timescales to include vans, lorries and taxis, as more detail on implementation and funding became available

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Two large green free standing installations which remove pollutants from the air have arrived in Glasgow. The CityTree is a highly visual structure which, at 4 meters tall, nearly 3 meters wide and 2 meters deep, is said to have the environmental benefit of up to 275 urban trees.

Created by Berlin-based Green City Solutions, the CityTree is made up of moss cultures which have a much larger leaf surface area than any other plant and can capture more pollutants. Photos below show the CityTree along with information about air quality and how the CityTree works that is included on the installations.

Glasgow is the first UK city to have CityTrees installed in key city centre locations – Killermont Street (adjacent to Buchanan Bus Station) and the other on Royal Exchange Square, outside the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA).

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The Get Glasgow Moving Campaign are holding a local election hustings event from 7-9pm on Wednesday 26 April at Renfield St Stephen’s Centre, 260 Bath St, Glasgow G2 4JP.

They are also asking people to sign their petition calling on the Council and other key stakeholders to deliver a world-class, fully-integrated & accessible, publicly-owned, public transport network for everyone in our city.

“Investing in public transport is essential for expanding our city’s economy, addressing inequality and social isolation, reducing toxic levels of air pollution and tackling climate change.”

So take a minute and sign the petition now!

air-pollution-hearts_15311New transport statistics from Transport Scotland show road blocks to clean air and healthy places. The new statistics show that the bus sector is in crisis, and the car continues to be king on our roads.

Key points from the report are (all stats are for 2015):

  • kilometres driven in cars has increased by 3.2% over the last five years
  • the number of bus journeys has dropped by 5% in the last 5 years, declining almost 2% over the last year.
  • 66% of journeys to work were made by car, despite 30% of households not having access to a car.
  • 1.4% of cars are pure electric vehicles, with a further 3.4% hybrid electric.
  • both cycling and train travel showed strong increases over the last five years.  31%  of journeys to work were made by active travel or public transport, the same as in 2004. Just 2.2% of journeys to work were made by bike.
  • 12.3% journeys were delayed by congestion

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WHmalcolm_residents-protestIt has been nearly 28 months (Oct 2014) since the initial proposal of application notice was received outlining the plans to install a gasification plant at the South Street site. Yesterday we received confirmation that the report and recommendations has been submitted to Scottish Ministers.

With regards to timescales a senior planner will do an assessment of the report and this would then be used to inform the submission to the Minister. Ministers intention is to issue decisions within 2 months of receipt of the report in the majority of cases and in all cases within 3 months.

NoGasificationPlantThis means we can expect to hear from the Ministers hopefully before the end of March and certainly before the end of April.

We also thought it would be useful to reflect on the what has happened over the past 28 months…

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