Science for Environment Policy have produced a study focused on the impacts of the current car-centred urban lifestyle on public and environmental health. The study follows a Barcelona planning strategy, which shifts from being a car-centred model to people-centred city design. Restructuring this model to reduce motorised transport and reclaiming space for people, has many positive effects including improving air quality, promoting active lifestyles and improving public health.
From our own recent experiences of the UK COVID-19 lockdown, we have seen that the reduction in all forms of traffic had a significant improvement air quality, and the motivation to get out to exercise and enjoy the environment resulted in a running and cycling boom. Most of us can work effectively from home, mostly we do not need to travel great distances to attend meetings. This model can and should work.
Read more about the study here.