9 July 2020
Here is your Brum Breathes Update For July 2020
Welcome to your latest updates from Brum Breathes.
Better Transport; Better Health and Wellbeing webinar
Representatives of the Clean Air Zone team will join colleagues from the council’s Travel Demand and Public Health teams for a free webinar: Better Transport; Better Health and Wellbeing.
The free event will take place on Tuesday, 14 July from 3pm – 4pm and will be hosted on Microsoft Teams.
National Express lead the charge for a sustainable future
National Express West Midlands is making good on its promise never to buy another diesel bus. On Sunday 5 July 2020, the company’s first fully electric double-decker carried passengers on the 6 route to Solihull. The buses charge up in four hours and can run for 190 kilometres before needing another charge.
Cash injection to support sustainable travel
Birmingham was allocated £1 million from the first tranche of the Department of Transport’s (DfT) Emergency Active Travel Fund to fund schemes including pop up cycle lanes, pavement widening and road closures or sustainable travel
Streets Ahead podcast
The latest Streets Ahead podcast, which is dedicated to a world of active travel, features an interview with Cllr Waseem Zaffar, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, as he answers questions on what Birmingham can be doing to improve cycling and walking.
On yer bike
Lock down saw a surge in bicycle sales across the globe as people explored new ways to exercise in the absence of gyms and adjust to the travel restrictions. According to Forbes, some companies have seen a 677 percent surge in bicycle sales.
Power to the pedal
A YouGov poll of residents in Birmingham reveals overwhelming support for measures to protect health by tackling air pollution emissions from cars.
Nearly eight in ten Brummies (79%) are in favour of measures to reduce car emissions and use, with just 11% rejecting action. A similarly high level of support is observed between men and women, and among different age and income groups.
Change in travel behaviour attributed to ULEZ
London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) has been credited with changing the usual mode of transport for nearly three quarters of Londoners. A survey has found that the majority of changes happened at the time the zone went live in 2019, or within three months of its launch.
In case you missed it…
Due to the impact that COVID-19 and lockdown has had on individuals and the economy, the launch of the Clean Air Zone has been postponed until 2021.
The new launch date will be confirmed as soon as possible but it will not be before 1 January 2021.
In the meantime, check if you will need to pay the Clean Air Zone daily charge by visiting the Government’s vehicle checker.
For the latest on how COVID-19 is affecting businesses in Birmingham, visit the Birmingham City Council website where we are providing daily updates on the advice, support and information as it is being made available.