Motorists Happy to Cut Car Travel for Clean Air

Most UK city dwellers would leave their cars at home to improve urban air quality.

That’s the claim of the latest survey by transport mobility solution provider Kapsch TrafficCom that recorded 63% willing to reduce car journeys while 81% were in favor of reducing traffic-related emissions by environment-friendly travel solutions. transport solutions. Its survey in March is part of an on-going study focused on views of 1,000 respondents in each of nine key global countries.

However, owing to the pandemic, the respondents’ views on public transport have been negatively affected although a move towards alternative personal transport methods has been recorded. Kapsch said it is seeing a sharp increase in switching to bicycles and e-bikes and advises exploiting this window of opportunity to achieve the climate goals of the Paris Agreement.

It points to the Spanish capital Madrid where, in order to reduce traffic jams and airborne pollutants, the city has implemented an intelligent mobility system. This alone has enabled congestion to be reduced by approximately 20% and emissions by around 10%. Madrid authorities obtain an accurate overview of the current traffic situation based on comprehensive mobility data captured about pedestrians, cyclists, motorbike riders and car drivers.

Steve Parsons, head of UK sales Kapsch TrafficCom, said: “Councils in at least 40 cities across the country have reacted swiftly during the pandemic and created more space for cyclists and pedestrians. Cycle lanes have been widened and even new cycle routes have been set up in order to maintain social distancing. This has been a real success story but it is only a question of time before the numbers of cars on the road increase again and many people will continue to avoid public transport whenever they can because of the current COVID-19 situation.” He added that digitally integrated systems have proven in Madrid to be effective and that mobility can be managed despite rising car traffic volumes and without letting CO2 emissions return to pre-crisis levels.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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