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Healthy or hostile – streets are for everyone

21 July, 2017

Caroline Russell

• LONDONERS are so often squeezed – for time and space.

This is why I supported Hackney resident Brenda Puech’s “people’s parking bay”, a miniature garden in a parking space that gives passers-by a place to sit and rest under a parasol.

More than 700 people signed the visitors’ book in support of her good idea. Brenda’s rest-stop makes a serious point about most space on London streets being given to motor vehicles.

Is your street healthy or hostile? Do you have places to stop and rest in shade? Is it easy to get around with a buggy, on a bike, or for people with mobility difficulties?

I’m glad the Mayor of London put healthy streets in his transport strategy. They must be for all Londoners.

CAROLINE RUSSELL AM
Green Party, Londonwide

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