Green Party calls for nationwide Car Free Days

25 September 2018

Campaigners  are asking Chichester District Council for action on air pollutionChichester and Bognor Green Party has taken part in a nationwide call on the Government to launch nationwide annual Car Free Days to mark the global event that takes places in other countries every September.

Caroline Russell, Green transport spokesperson, urged Ministers to follow the lead of cities like Paris and Brussels already holding Car Free Days and launch the initiative in city centres across Britain.

Paris held its third city-wide Car Free Day on September 16th this year, and Brussels has been holding Car Free Days for years. Both capitals are calling on the rest of Europe to do the same.

The Green Party has also called on the Government to increase spending on walking and cycling to £30 per person per year, from the current spend of £6.50.

The Green Party marked Car Free Day on Saturday with a series of events across the country, including Chichester, where campaigners were out gathering signatures on their petition calling for improved air quality in the city.

The events were designed to show the benefits of moving towards a transport system that prioritises walking and cycling, reclaiming cities for people and tackling air pollution at the same time.

Caroline Russell, Green Party transport spokesperson and London Assembly member, said:

“Car Free Days are just one way we can show that our cities can be places to live, work and play free from the threat of road danger, congestion and pollution. With 40,000 lives cut short every year by toxic fumes the Government has a duty to explore new ways to meet everyone’s right to breathe clean air.

“It’s time we followed the lead of cities like Paris and Brussels who are reimagining cities to tackle air pollution and enable walking and cycling.”

Sarah Sharp, Green city councillor, said: “As part of our campaign calling for better air quality in our city, we have found that many residents are fed up with the pollution around our roads and schools and want the council to introduce more ways to deal with this. We are highlighting the need to reshape our transport system and design cities for people, not just for cars.”