Parallel parking improves air quality on urban pavements

Study reveals that pedestrians are exposed to different levels of pollution on the pavements depending on how parked cars at the roadside are arranged.

Walking is good for health and does not contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. However, pedestrians still are exposed to pollution emitted by drivers.

Urban planning can reduce the level of pollution that pedestrians are exposed to through congestion charging and intelligent transport systems. However, some pollution can also be prevented from reaching pedestrians simply by introducing barriers between the pavement and the road.

According to empirical evidence from Trinity College Dublin, less pollution reached the pavement when cars were parked sideways on, rather than at an angle to the street.

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