Research by George Washington University published in Lancet Planetary Health 2018 reveals that three in ten child asthma cases in the UK are caused by traffic pollution and that the UK ranks 24th of 194 countries studied with the highest proportion of new childhood cases attributable to traffic pollution. At EMISSIONS & AIR QUALITY Smart Class 2019, Imperial’s Ashley Bijster and Videalert’s Tim Daniels included a new Case Study in their presentation on the City of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a population of approximately 90,000, whose council are implementing a Class “C” CAZ in response to 70,000 vehicles per day passing through the centre and a staggering 12,000 people in Bath and North East Somerset suffering from Asthma. Ashley and Tim went on to demonstrate how the move towards managing air quality in UK towns and cities needn’t be a giant leap into the unknown but can be achieved by adding clean air zone rules and differentiated pricing for behaviour change to proven technologies in a way that will make a very real difference to citizens’ quality of life.
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Looking forward to Imperial and Videalert’s next presentation at TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2019, which we’re hosting at ODI Leeds on June 20th! For further insights, check out Ashley and Tim’s latest blog contribution to the Smart Classes Knowledge Base, “Collaboration Delivers Positive Clean Air Outcomes and Enables Authorities to Take Future Regulations in Their Stride”.