Safe spaces for people to walk, cycle and spend time outside are more important than ever. Your support for Spaces to Breathe will help to open up more space for those travelling on foot, by cycle or with a mobility aid, and reduce congestion and pollution in communities across Cambridgeshire.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1138098)
Physical inactivity contributes to 1 in 6 premature deaths in the UK and air pollution cuts short 40,000 lives each year. There is a global climate emergency to address and a coronavirus pandemic to recover from. Locally, we need to rebuild our economy, strengthen our communities, keep people safe and improve their wellbeing. We need to work together for better lives and a sustainable future for all. Cycling will be a vital part of the solution.
Camcycle’s Spaces to Breathe campaign has helped local communities turn their ideas for cycling and walking improvements into real-life experiments which provide more space for active travel during the pandemic and cleaner air for those enjoying time outside, improving lives across Cambridgeshire. In 2021, we need to deliver more benefits by campaigning for permanent changes to streetscapes, developing practical solutions to local issues and empowering local groups to transform their own areas.
The environment and general health of the nation would be greatly helped by cycling. This would also positively impact the NHS. Yet people are often scared to cycle due to lack of safety and lack of cycling lanes. More needs to be done.
Pre Covid-19, Waterbeach was over-run with traffic at school pick-up and drop-off times. We were despairing of how to protect children and promote more active travel. Though we are eager to return to ‘normal’, we must take every opportunity to improve on the previous situation and change priorities.
With its crucial role in the nation’s economy and knowledge sector, it’s critically important that Cambridge leads the way in maintaining clean air. With evidence emerging that Covid-19 hits regions of high pollution most hard, we must ensure we don’t build up more problems for the future.
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