Take up cycling or walk to work on World Car Free Day to help create a greener city

Thu, 22/09/2016

On World Car Free Day, the City of Westminster is encouraging residents and visitors in central London to walk to work or cycle to help create a cleaner and greener city for all.

Walking is a key element of our Greener City Action Plan and the council is currently working with organisations and business to make London more sustainable and liveable.

Encouraging people to walk not only has obvious health benefits but, by reducing our reliance on vehicles, it can help cut air pollution. Walking also helps to create better neighbourhoods for residents, is better for business and is a great way to get to all the fantastic places and events Westminster has to offer.

Westminster City Council is currently consulting on its draft walking strategy and early responses suggest a high level of support, with members of the public providing good suggestions for making improvements to pedestrian spaces.

The contributions include support for reducing traffic speeds, introducing some 20mph speed limits, and keeping the pavements clear, including of small vehicles like motorised scooters 

Cllr Heather Acton, Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Parking, said: “We are committed to getting more people walking and cycling around our city as it’s a great way for residents, workers and visitors to move around our great city and  enjoy its sights and venues.

“Reducing traffic also helps limit pollution, which of great concern for people living and working in the city, so helping to create a healthier environment. It helps if everyone gets involved to play a role, and trying new forms of travel on World Car Free Day is an opportunity to take advantage of our surroundings in a more sustainable way.”

We also encourage residents, workers and visitors to give their thoughts on our draft Walking Strategy consultation by visiting: https://www.westminster.gov.uk/walking

The consultation closes on Sunday 2nd October. 

For interviews or more information contact communications via Jay Singh-Sohal.

Last updated: 3 October 2016
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