PAUL ZIMER­MAN

THE COUN­CIL­LOR SUG­GESTS FIVE WAYS UR­BAN PLAN­NING CAN IM­PROVE AIR QUAL­ITY

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1MAKE THE CITY MORE CON­VE­NIENT FOR PEDES­TRI­ANS: WIDER PAVE­MENTS AND MORE CROSS­INGS, SEATS AND SHADE, SO PEO­PLE ARE WILL­ING AND ABLE TO WALK.

2DEVELOP AND EN­FORCE BUILD­ING CODES THAT GREATLY RE­DUCE DE­MAND FOR AIR CON­DI­TION­ING.

3REQUIRE UR­BAN RE­NEWAL SCHEMES TO IN­CLUDE PLENTY OF OPEN SPACE FOR PARK­LAND TO IM­PROVE VEN­TI­LA­TION.

4USE ELEC­TRONIC ROAD PRIC­ING COM­BINED WITH PARK-AND-WALK FA­CIL­I­TIES ON UR­BAN FRINGES TO DIS­COUR­AGE VE­HI­CLES FROM EN­TER­ING CORE UR­BAN AR­EAS. SIM­I­LARLY, ELEC­TRONIC ROAD PRIC­ING COM­BINED WITH PARK-AND-RIDE FA­CIL­I­TIES AT TRAIN STA­TIONS WOULD CUT THE NUM­BER OF CROSS-BOR­DER VE­HI­CLES EN­TER­ING CORE UR­BAN AR­EAS.

5SET A 30KM/H SPEED LIMIT IN CORE UR­BAN AR­EAS, WHICH WOULD CUT EMIS­SIONS BY RE­DUC­ING RAPID AC­CEL­ER­A­TION AND BRAK­ING BE­TWEEN JUNC­TIONS.

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