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Living Streets is calling for new measures to reduce the number of cars on the school run.

This comes after research (YouGov 2018) released by the charity for the start of International Walk to School Month (October), reveals that too many cars are the things parents find most annoying on the school run – specifically too many cars around school gates (54%); cars parking on the pavements (50%); and too much traffic on the journey (45%).

Living Streets is calling for more local authorities to pilot school road closures – prohibiting cars from the school gates at drop off and pick up times, alongside a series of other measures, to encourage more families to walk to school.

Motor vehicles are the biggest source of air pollution and one in four cars on the road at peak times are on the school run. As a result, over 2,000 primary schools in the UK are situated in pollution hot spots, putting pupils’ health at risk.

We will be hosting our second School Run Summit on Tue 2 Oct to discuss these issues in the G11 to G15 postcode areas.

Source: Living Streets

CleanAirDayClean Air Day 2018 co-ordinated by environmental charity Global Action Plan is Thursday 21st JuneGlasgow City Council are holding an event from 10am to 2pm on Thursday 21 June in George Square which will showcase a huge range of exhibits and activities such as active travel, renewable energy, e-bikes, car clubs and electric vehicles that can all help to improve air quality as well as a mini-pump track provided by 2018 European Championships!

Air pollution is real and harms the health of millions. But there are lots of simple things we can do to improve air quality and look after our own and other people’s health. Clean Air Day is a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information with friends and colleagues, and help make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.

What are your plans for Clean Air Day? Why not walk or cycle to work or school – and if you already do this, organise an event? For more information on how to do this in your community, at work or in school, download one of the free toolkits. Share your plans by emailing cleanerair@globalactionplan.org.uk

You can also sign up for updates about Clean Air Day by registering here.

 

The next Get Glasgow Moving campaign planning meeting will be held from 7.30-9.30pm on Wednesday 7 February at Unite Scotland, John Smith House, 145-165 W Regent St, Glasgow G2 4RZ.

The organisers would like to invite all those who want to get actively involved in the campaign for a world-class, fully-integrated, public transport network for Glasgow.

The focus of the next meeting will on the campaign and plans for 2018. More info on the Facebook event page.

Glasgow has been in the news once again, hitting the highest spots on an analysis on illegal street pollution levels. Our friends at Friends of the Earth Scotland explain how you can help take action on air pollution in Glasgow by contacting your councillors.

“You have probably seen the news that Glasgow’s Hope Street has just been named as Scotland’s most polluted street…again. Dumbarton Road and Clarence Drive in the west of Glasgow also make this list of toxic hotspots.”

Glasgow City Council is planning a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in the city centre to tackle air pollution. But there are fears that this LEZ will only initially apply restrictions to some buses but the LEZ would be more effective at cutting pollution if it also applied to dirty vans and lorries by the end of 2018 and polluting cars and taxis by 2020.

Councillors meet in March to decide what vehicles the LEZ will apply to and when. Email members of the Council’s Environment Committee now to demand clean air for Glasgow https://act.foe.scot/glasgow-action-air-pollution

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air-pollution-hearts_15311Friends of the Earth Scotland has analysed a list of the most polluted streets in Scotland which confirms that many streets are still failing to meet safety standards – and Dumbarton Road is still one of the worst.

The environmental campaign group analysed official Scottish Government data for two harmful pollutants, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and coarse particles (PM10) which are known to be linked with serious health problems including heart attacks, strokes, respiratory illness and early death.

Last year Glasgow City Council announced that it will be developing the first Low Emission Zone in Scotland. And campaigners urged Glasgow City Council to ensure that its planned Low Emission Zone restricts the most polluting buses, vans and lorries by the end of this year, and for cars and taxis to be restricted by 2020.

Emilia Hanna, Air Pollution Campaigner for Friends of the Earth Scotland said:

“Once again, streets in Scotland have dangerous levels of toxic air pollution which are breaking legal limits. The situation across Scotland is potentially showing some slow signs of improvements but filthy streets continue to poison our lungs nearly a decade after a legal deadline.”

 

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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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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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