Bristol Mayor launches free cleaner travel initiatives
To mark Clean Air Day (16 June), Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees, has announced a raft of free sustainable travel initiatives, including free bus tickets and e-bike trials.
As part of the scheme, people who live or work in the city can trial different travel options to see if they could make permanent changes to greener travel, ahead of the city’s Clean Air Zone launching later this year.
During negotiations with Government, the council secured £5.9 million of support for people to switch to active travel: including bike and e-bike trials, cycle training, VOI e-Scooter credit, bus tickets, and planning sessions with travel experts to help people explore all their options for their regular journeys.
A recent report published by the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) revealed air pollution costs the average UK resident £880 a year. The EPHA researchers quantified the monetary value of air pollution in 432 cities in all EU countries plus the UK, Norway and Switzerland. They examined the cost of premature death, medical treatment, lost working days and other health costs caused by exposure to air pollution.
A major source of air pollution in cities is road traffic, particularly diesel engines.