ANNIVERSAry of the H&F declaration
To mark the anniversary on 17th July 2019 of LBHF declaring a climate emergency and setting its intention of becoming London’s greenest borough, we are taking the chance to review as well as celebrate progress.
We want to invite local residents, councillors and MPs to imagine what Hammersmith Bridge, the most iconic landmark in our borough, would look like if it were kept open for cyclists and pedestrians only. We want to send a clear challenge to the council: are they willing to promote and invest in more radical green projects as they promised? Progress has been made by the H&F administration in just a few months, but more can be achieved and re-imagining the future of Hammersmith Bridge is the next step.
In asking to make the bridge for bikes and people, we want to promote active travel, reduce air pollution and save lives (25 Londoners still die every day of diseases related to poor air quality!), as well as creating a precious space for our community. We are working on setting up the celebration for an anniversary the borough won’t forget!
Many things have been put on hold this year, unfortunately not the ongoing damage to our world. Instead of this summer (2020) we will be putting an appropriate event on in summer 2021, meanwhile we will be seeing up the pressure.
The action on Hammersmith Bridge was (very nearly) universally popular. We spoke to around 600 people crossing the bridge and asked them directly what they'd like the bridge to be like in the future. A resounding vote in support of keeping the bridge for pedestrians and cycles along with emergency vehicles (85%). It was a fantastic opportunity for meeting people and for discussing different aspects of the CEE and what we can all do about it.
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