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New Study Claims That Eliminating Speed Bumps Could Help Cut Pollution

Let's hope the EPA thinks so too.

Cutting back on carbon dioxide and other pollutants is something we should all get behind; it just sucks when it means taking away the types of cars we love the most. However the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE for short) seems to have just made a recommendation that helps cut pollution and this time, it’s something we can get behind. Auto Express reports on the latest heroic effort to clean the air we breathe and it’s starting with the most polluting facets of our modern society: the city.

Many cities in the US are built around the car, but that isn’t the case in the UK since much of the country’s economic growth happened prior to the adoption of the car. Congestion is just as bad in America’s auto centric cities, but it’s also a problem in small dense cities where a small amount of pollution can impact more people in a smaller area. To mitigate the issue, NICE has published a study with a number of suggestions for cities to take in order to cut down on lung-damaging pollution. The one we like most is the elimination of speed bumps. Effective as they may be at slowing cars down, especially those of the low and fast variety, only results in more pollutants being emitted into the atmosphere since the car has to accelerate to speed again.

Unfortunately, the caveat to eliminating speed bumps is that the safety benefits can only be returned by lowering the speed limit in the area to only 20 mph. Additional recommendations include implementing variable 50 mph speed limits on roadways, turning school drop-off or waiting zones into no idling zones, and car-free days, a move that Paris, France has adopted as a law. This recommendation is likely one that is only applicable in certain regions. Some areas of the United States would likely see only an increase in speeders if speed bumps were to be eliminated. One can only hope. Orange Bugatti Images via YouTube

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