Get on your bike to help tackle poor air quality locally

Car Free Day-4

To celebrate car free day John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, unveiled a new bike port near Shoreditch High Street, adding to three across the borough.

The space in Old Nichol Street, near Shoreditch High Street, can be used to safely secure up to 10 bicycles, in a parking space that would have only fitted a single car. Tower Hamlets Council has delivered 60 on street cycle parking spaces and 127 secure residential cycle parking spaces in the last year.

We are supporting Car-Free Day today (Friday 22 September), an international initiative to encourage people to walk, cycle or use public transport.

There has been a 14% increase in Santander cycle hire this year in Tower Hamlets, showing more residents are choosing to use two wheels to get around.

Public Health Outcomes Indicators show Tower Hamlets is 5th worst Borough for air pollution in London and we know 40% of residents live in areas of unacceptable air quality. The council is therefore committed to doing everything it can to improve air quality in the borough, and has run a number of initiatives to increase usage of the Sandander scheme including corporate staff membership of the scheme and promotion to workplaces in partnership with the Zero Emissions Network (ZEN).

The Zero Emissions Network (ZEN) is an air quality initiative supported by Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Islington councils. The scheme, funded by the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund and Tower Hamlets, is set up to help businesses save money, reduce emissions and improve air quality by making changes in transport and building use and adopting more sustainable business practices.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said: “Air Quality is one of my key priorities. We want to make cycling in the borough as safe and friendly as possible as it is better for the environment as well as being a good form of exercise.’‘

Lead member for Environment Cllr Amina Ali said: “As a council we are delivering more places for people to securely store their bikes. We want to do everything we can to encourage more people to switch from taking journeys by car to cycle, walk or use public transport.”

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Posted on Friday 22nd September 2017