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London outlines bold plans to reduce cars on streets & encourage cycling, walking

London mayor Sadiq Khan said they intend to reduce car journeys by 3 million every day. (Image courtesy: Flickr) Photograph: (Others)

WION Web Team London, United Kingdom Jun 22, 2017, 02.15 AM (IST)

London is planning to radically change its citizens' dependancy on cars.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said they intend to reduce car journeys by 3 million every day, Xinhua reported.

Currently, 64 per cent of Londoners travel by public transport, cycling or walking, but the mayor wants the number to go up to 80 per cent by 2041.

"We have to be ambitious in changing how our city works. While there will be five million additional journeys being made across our transport network by 2041, at the same time we're setting ourselves a bold target of reducing car journeys by 3 million every day," said the mayor.

Mayor Khan has been keen to make Londoners walk or cycle rather than use cars since he assumed office.

Last December, he appointed a former director with Nike, Will Norman, as London's first-ever walking and cycling commissioner to make people healthy.

It was announed last year that Khan intended to invest 770 million British pounds to provide a healthy, "affordable and safest" mode of communication for people.

Khan's bold Transport Strategy outlines the need to lessen the amount of motorised vehicles on the streets of London, which is part of his Healthy Streets programme.

A spokesman at City Hall said inactivity was the main reason for early deaths in London. In order to tackle this scourge, Khan's new proposals want Londoners to undergo at least 20 minutes of active travel each day.

And he plans to achieve them by keeping London's congestion charge under review and introduce a scheme that would charge drivers for every kilometre they drive.



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