Mayor of London directs citizens towards sustainable transport

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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wants to preserve London citizens’ health by reducing car usage. The mayor is concerned that another possible health crisis caused by air pollution might emerge.

Mayor Khan warned the citizens of London to reduce the usage of cars and encouraged them to switch to alternative ways of mobility, such as public transport, walking, or cycling.

The city of London has seen a 9% rising level of walking and cycling in the city during 2020. Therefore, new cycling routes and walking space have been created in the city, which helped people to make an easy decision of using their cars less than before.

However, the overall number of people who make sustainable and greener journeys has fallen. The main reason for this is the fact that the number of people who use public transport has decreased.

Almost two years since the first lockdown, the use of the subway is at 55% of pre-pandemic levels. The bus use is at 70% but in contrast to these statistics, car use returned to close-to-normal levels during the second half of 2021.

In 2020, the comparison of all transport means in London showed that the proportion of journeys made by walking, cycling, and public transport fell to an estimated 58.3%, as against 63.2% in 2019.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan stated: “Whilst we have made huge strides in increasing walking and cycling in London throughout the pandemic, car use has remained consistently high. If we do not double down on our efforts to deliver a greener, more sustainable future we will replace one public health crisis with another – caused by filthy air and gridlocked roads”.

Mayor Khan also plans to build more cycling and walking roads in the future and by doing that he will, even more, encourage the citizens of making new, environmentally friendly habits that will benefit the city as well as their overall health. (photo credit: Pedro Torres/Pixabay)