Car Free Day Cardiff
This Sunday (13th May), Cardiff will be going car free and closing 14 of its road – more than most major city centre events – in a bid to cut pollution and encourage drivers to use more sustainable transport.
Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com comments: “Shutting roads in a main city like Cardiff and encouraging drivers to use more sustainable transport is a positive step towards cutting pollution in highly populated areas, and will hopefully change their habits. Motorists in the area should make sure they are planning their day beforehand to make sure they are not caught out by the road closures.
“We understand the importance of reducing polluting vehicles in town and city centres, and have explored the idea of Cardiff and other major UK cities going ‘car-free’ where possible in the next 20 years in our carless cities report. This includes concepts to map out how it could be brought to life as a more permanent solution, which, if rolled out across the UK, could have a great impact on reducing the UK’s carbon emissions. Although, it’s clear there is still some way to go before this can be practical, especially for the many drivers who have no choice but to drive, such as commuters or parents with children in city centre schools.
“But our research shows that many drivers echo the need to cut down the use of cars in major cities, with more than a third (34%) believing that the most polluting vehicles should be banned from highly populated areas. And more than half (55%) of motorists are already doing their bit by walking wherever possible to reduce the polluting impact of their car on the environment. Making small changes like walking, carpooling or taking public transport where possible can make all the difference.”
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