David Smith

David Smith is a father on a mission to reduce the dangerously high air pollution children breathe everyday whilst they travel to school. He’s campaigning for a change in traffic light phasing during the toxic school run, to reduce emissions from vehicles start-stop-idling in congested traffic.

David says:

"I've lived in South London all my life and grew up in Putney/Wandsworth. I’m a happily married, father of four beautiful children, two teenagers, a three-year-old and a baby.
We don’t own a car. We walk, scoot, cycle and for longer journeys we travel by bus, tube, train and the occasional taxi.
We worry about the air our children breathe every day. I’ve told my children that they are little ninjas fighting for their future health against invisible #PollutantMonsters and that they must protect themselves by staying away from idling vehicles.
They do their best but they cannot win this battle for life on their own. "

David Smith's Articles

Our Toxic School Run
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BY David Smith ·
09·17·18
David Smith is a father on a mission to reduce the dangerously high air pollution children breathe everyday whilst they travel to school. He’s campaigning for a change in traffic light phasing during the toxic school run, to reduce emissions from vehicles start-stop-idling in congested traffic.
Ingenious Solution To Protect Children From London Air Pollution
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BY David Smith ·
07·26·18
David Smith is a father on a mission to reduce the effects of London air pollution by reducing the highly polluting fumes children breathe everyday whilst they travel to school. He’s campaigning for ‘Keep Clear’ road markings to be used at bus shelters to prevent traffic idling whilst children wait.

David Smith's Tweets

@SimonZev @andrewellson @GeorgeMonbiot @LittleNinjaUK @jksmith34 @MicheleRagusa6 @PaulLomax @BillParryDavies @JAlaszewski @A_d_e_s_a_n_u @niamhck @ChitchClaire @IslingtonResid3 That is one of the strawmen employed in the debate.

Daily ingestion of fumes and exposure to impacts of danger, noise, pollution and time loss are the key inequities.

And overwhelmingly, those exposed to urban main roads during the daytime are disproportionately BAME & poor.

@SimonZev @visitcamberwell @andrewellson @GeorgeMonbiot @LittleNinjaUK @jksmith34 @MicheleRagusa6 @BillParryDavies @JAlaszewski @A_d_e_s_a_n_u @niamhck @ChitchClaire @IslingtonResid3 It isn’t complete tosh. Here’s the data from the London Travel Demand survey. Lower income groups are 16% more likely to live on a road that would get displaced traffic. It’s more pronounced in outer London. Of course it’s mixed, that doesn’t mean it’s not disproportionate!

@willnorman It appears @MayorofLondon has told @willnorman to increase cycling 'by any means necessary'. If that means forcing people off buses and increasing traffic pollution where less affluent Londoners live, then so be it. Who at City Hall is championing social & environmental justice?

@willnorman Hi Will, how does this represent a "cycling boom"? How many of the 870 people per hour are deliveroo/just eat/etc? Has anyone switched from their car use or is this minor shift from buses delayed in the congested traffic manufactured by LTNs? Are you just a cycling commissioner?

@GeorgeMonbiot Unfortunately George it seems your current ambition is to support environmental injustice. LTNs are the get-rich-quick schemes of environmentalism. They move rather than solve a problem. It’s even more unfortunate as your voice is powerful & should be used for meaningful change.

@GeorgeMonbiot @LittleNinjaUK @jksmith34 @MicheleRagusa6 @PaulLomax @BillParryDavies @visitcamberwell @JAlaszewski @A_d_e_s_a_n_u @niamhck @ChitchClaire @IslingtonResid3 Furthermore, the boundary roads that have seen rises in traffic congestion and pollution thanks to LTNs are the roads that busses are most likely to use and where people are more likely to shop, meet or go to school. I think you ought to listen to the Ninja a bit more carefully

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