Alternative Camden - Ideas




What is it?
A zone, within Camden, that’s for cyclists, pedestrians and electric emergency or service vehicles only.

Why is it useful?
We are all aware that we must act now, to improve the quality of London’s air but implementing the necessary regulations can be slow. What if we introduced a pollution free zone within Camden to be able to test its feasibility and identify exactly where there might be pain points?

Nearly 9,500 people die prematurely every year, due to long-term exposure to air pollution, with 50% of the pollution created by road transport. A recent proposal to introduce air filtration systems in London’s nurseries, fails to address the root cause of the problem. As Camden residents, let’s become a role model for how it could be done, guided by revolutionary projects like Oslo’s car-free zone.

Who would need to be involved?
  • Camden Council
  • Camden residents
  • Emergency services
  • Public transport services & delivery services
  • Urban transport infrastructure providers

Where do we start?
  • Identify an area in Camden where a car-free zone could feasibly be introduced.
  • Convene a project team represented by all stakeholders - council, residents, taxi drivers, delivery services, local businesses...
  • Run a workshop to assess how the zone could be implemented and identify any disruption mitigation strategies that would be needed.
  • Design scenarios for possible, plausible and probable implementation and develop a strategy for rolling out proposal.
  • Implement and test pollution free zone, using feedback to identify where public transport, cycling routes and pedestrianised areas need improving.

Some thoughts…
  • How would we accommodate transportation for those less mobile?
  • How might this enable the adoption of a low-carbon logistics network?