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Pollution is poisoning us all but banning cars isolates disabled people

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The Central London ‘Reimagine’ event to celebrate World Car Free Day is set to take place this Sunday.

There will be celebrations taking place on more than 20km of closed roads around the city. If you are planning to travel into or within central London on the day you are advised to use public transport, walk or cycle.

The initiative was announced by London Mayor Sadiq Khan in order to tackle air pollution, which has been described as a ‘national health emergency’.

I first heard about the car-free day earlier this year. It came as no surprise – since moving to London seven years ago I’ve seen more and more ‘eco-initiatives’ being carried out across the city. My street was one of the first to implement emissions regulations that saw non-electric vehicles restricted at certain times of the day.

Yet my initial reaction to the event was one trepidation and almost anger.

I’m not in denial about climate change – and of course I want London to be the best it can be for all its residents. But as a full-time wheelchair user and someone who has a rare condition that causes my bones to break at the slightest knock, I rely solely on black taxis (which by law are all adapted for those with impairments) to maintain my independence and go about my daily activities.

On Sunday, taxis and private hire vehicles will not be allowed in the closed road area. I will not be........

© Metro