Government figures indicate that 42 people a year are dying prematurely in Exeter as a direct result of air pollution.
In early 2018 Exeter City Council produced a draft Air Quality Action Plan.
The Exeter Cycling Campaign has produced a detailed 27-page response to the Council's Plan.
The conclusions of this response are
"There is no safe level of pollution."
"There can be no complacency: we must be bold in embracing measures that will improve our air quality."
"The aspirations of Exeter City Council’s Air Quality Action Plan are high - which is welcomed. However, the proposed Measures are mixed, their quantification of goals weak and prioritisation missing."
"The Exeter Cycling Campaign is convinced that enabling a wholesale shift from private car to cycling is the most effective means of tackling air pollution and there is significant opportunity to grow the modal share of cycle commuting in the city."
"Measures to ‘encourage’ cycling and ‘information campaigns’ are of limited effectiveness in achieving this modal shift. Cities that have been successful at improving air quality by getting more people cycling have done this by prioritising people who cycle or walk by building safe infrastructure and nudging people out of their cars by making it less attractive."
"The suite of proposals in this report from the Exeter Cycling Campaign will, when adopted, enable Exeter to start to improve its air quality."