A new study by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) has suggested putting no drive zones around schools and even around shopping centres. These Daily Mail baiting suggestions arise due to the policy finding that 38 percent of all journeys are under two miles (I saw my twenty something neighbours take their car to the polling station at the local elections as I began the one minute(!) walk to the same destination).
They suggest that if a typical British adult were to walk just one more hour a week it would help tackle the obesity crisis.
Banning vehicles from the vicinity of schools (Do we bus the Teachers in through angry Mother picket lines?), they say, could reverse the decline in good old fashioned walking (or else parents will keep their cherubs at home due to their taxi unfriendly policy). A spokesperson for the IEEP said:
“The twin crises of obesity and climate change are clearly interlinked through the switch from muscle power to engine power for transport.
“Concerted action is needed to reverse both these trends. Our research demonstrates that something as simple as walking short trips now made by car would make an important contribution to tackling both obesity and climate change.”