LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today celebrated California Clean Air Day by highlighting three initiatives that help reduce emissions: a pilot program that features special curb designations for the exclusive use of zero-emission delivery vehicles; a new air sensor loan program from the Los Angeles Public Library; and free rides for the day on all LA Metro and LADOT transit systems to encourage Angelenos to reduce their carbon footprint.
“It’s our responsibility to ensure that future generations will inherit a city where our air, water, and natural resources will be protected and preserved,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Clean Air Day gives us an opportunity to put our principles into practice with cleaner transportation and goods movement — to leave a healthier world for our children and grandchildren.”
The zero-emission delivery zone pilot, which will provide a special curb designation for the exclusive use of zero-emission delivery zones, is the first fully enforceable program of its kind. The pilot will begin with five curbs across the City. Pilot locations were determined based on several factors, including delivery volume and CalEnviroScreen disadvantaged community status.
"The medium-duty delivery trucks throughout our city are vital to the transport of local goods, but the flip side is that a large percentage are powered by dirty diesel which chokes Angelenos in every community by polluting the air we breathe. That's why I introduced this motion, so that the City could deliver both climate justice for every community and environmental justice to those disproportionately impacted by air pollution."
Mayor Garcetti also announced that the Los Angeles Public Library has launched an air sensor loan program, which will allow Angelenos to check out sensors for indoor and outdoor use in the same way they would check out a book. Library staff will host classes and workshops for participants on how to use the air sensors and how to understand the data collected to best protect health. For more information about the program, visit the program webpage here.
“We are thrilled to provide free neighborhood science programs that empower communities," said City Librarian John F. Szabo. "We're particularly excited about launching the air quality sensor loan program at 20 libraries citywide on Clean Air Day to help raise awareness and embolden our residents to better protect themselves from the harmful health impacts of air pollution."
Mayor Garcetti also announced that LA Metro is offering fare-free transit on Clean Air Day to encourage Angelenos to reduce their carbon footprint. Metro Bike Share will also be offering free 30-minute rides all day. Angelenos can also ride on DASH, Commuter Express, and Cityride for free all day.