Ealing Friends of the Earth

Cycling

The appeal for clean air

Traffic volumes in London before the Covid-19 pandemic were already causing air pollution that killed over 9000 Londoners a year, and producing CO2 emissions that contribute to the looming climate catastrophe.

With the reduced capacity of public transport due to Covid-19 we need a safe alternative to cars which typically have just a single passenger.

Ealing Friends of the Earth therefore backs plans by Ealing Council and the London Mayor to make it safer to walk or cycle. We should aim to have cycle-ways that are not just safe and distanced from pollution hot spots (major roads), but also as uninterrupted as possible. That means minimising stop-starts at junctions and crossings.

Ealing Council applied for funding for 200 walking & cycling schemes but only 11 schemes have been funded by TfL.

Some useful links:

  1. This article showcases an interactive map by travel charity Sustrans enables you to view the response of your local authority to the Covid-19 crisis in terms of the provision for safe infrastructure for walkers and cyclists.
  2. This interactive map allows people to suggest improvements for walking or cycling.