Rush Hour Pollution Solution
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We’ve found a low cost way to reduce vehicle emissions by 70% at the time children travel to nursery and school. We need your support to convince the Mayor of London and TfL to pilot this solution to the toxic school run.
We’ve focussed on a one mile section of West Hill in Wandsworth, London, with a nursery, a hospital, residential apartments, houses, large council estates, a care home for the elderly and a school with over 1,100 children.
Every school day, the number of vehicles from the A3 is greater than number that can pass through the traffic lights at the junction with the South Circular Road. West Hill traffic is slowed to almost a standstill. The usual two to three minute journey time is increased to around sixteen minutes. There’s a constant line of HGVs, coaches, lorries, trucks and cars, each accelerating and braking around forty times and idling for around twelve minutes.
BBC Fighting For Air 2018 “Every time you pull away, every time you accelerate, you are going from NOx production ticking along from 150 up to, well, the last time you pulled away from the lights it was more than 1,500 so you’ve gone up ten times”. Thousands of vehicles on West Hill do this over forty times to drive a single mile!
Every time a vehicle is stopped, tiny bits of metal, rubber and oil are released from the brake pads, tires, suspension and road surface wear. Thousands of vehicles on West Hill brake over forty times to drive a single mile!
We can significantly reduce the number of times thousands of vehicles accelerate and brake if three sets of traffic lights on West Hill are optimised to hold vehicles stationary (for two to three minutes) until the section of road ahead is clear.
Managed effectively (no 'rat running') this would have zero impact on driver journey time but would provide clear opportunities for drivers to switch off their vehicle engine rather than idle. This would reduce the number of times vehicles accelerate and brake by over 70%. Vehicle idling time could also be reduced by over 70%.
The reduction in air pollution would benefit drivers, pedestrians and the 1200 young children attending the nursery and school on West Hill. This solution may also help to reduce vehicle emissions on other roads that have high air pollution due to start-stop-idling traffic.
We're asking the Mayor of London to pilot this Rush Hour Pollution Solution on West Hill and we need your support.
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For more information visit www.littleninja.co.uk, read more about our story and campaigns here: https://www.trvst.world/change-makers/david-smith/ or follow us on Twitter @LittleNinjaUK #startstopidling #NO2idling #WestHillAir #ToddlerBiker
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