Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has big plans to battle air pollution, with the implementation of an official car-free day for the city. On September 22, 12.3 miles of roads in the center of England’s capital will be closed to vehicle traffic, including roads around London Bridge, Tower Bridge, and several other areas, reports The Guardian.
The event is an attempt to curb the negative effects of air pollution in the city, which officials say is killing approximately 9,000 people each year and leaving many others to deal with health issues. Over 50 percent of London’s air pollution is caused by vehicles.
Across the city, various boroughs will hold events designed to encourage walking, cycling, public transport, and other sustainable alternatives to driving. There will also be play streets for children, so they can join in on the fun.