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Reclaiming the Streets: an event walk

  • St Paul’s Bow Common Church Corner of Burdett Road and St Paul’s Way London E3 4AR UK (map)

As part of our "Reclaiming the Streets" campaign, we are organising a walk to explore the possibility of pedestrianising St Paul's way (B140) in Tower Hamlets. We want to engage with the local community and hear your views on this potential project. 

We are meeting in front of St Paul's Chruch, Bow Common at 6.30pm Wednesday 10th January. Then we will be walking along St Paul's way (B140). 

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> What's the problem? 

Road traffic across London is causing dangerous levels of air pollution. Tower Hamlets is one of the most polluted boroughs in London. Air Pollution is a vicious threat to Human health with disturbing consequences, such as stunted lung growth, strokes, heart diseases, lung cancers, both chronic and acute respiratory diseases and other lifelong health issues.

Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of air pollution. Shockingly, over 60% of schools and colleges in Tower Hamlets are exposed to dangerous levels of NO2. Some of the worst affected primary schools also have large numbers of pupils from underprivileged backgrounds. This is both a social and environmental injustice.

> What can be done about?

Reducing road traffic, the uptake of electric cars and encouraging more people to walk or cycle can help to decrease air pollution to legal and safe levels.

Friends of the Earth Hackney and Tower Hamlets, Poplar HARCA and Our Air Our Health are collaborating on a campaign called "Reclaiming the Streets". The campaign focuses on reclaiming streets from motor vehicles, and putting in their place cleaner air, more greenery, fun and engaging community spaces, more cycling and walking, and stronger communities. We working with our neighbours and communities to understand how they think we can best do this.

In our second campaign meeting, we have identified St Paul's way (B140) as an ideal street which could be reclaimed from road traffic.

> Want to get involved?

Anyone who is interested is welcomed to our join our "Reclaiming the Streets" campaign. You can join us for this walk, attend our next meeting on January 31st, or drop us a line at

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 10th January!

Friends of the Earth, Poplar HARCA and Our Air Our Health.

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