Your editorial “Valley air is better, but it’s still not healthy” (May 1) hit the mark. The American Lung Association State of the Air report card shows that air pollution is putting the health of millions of residents at risk for increased lung disease, heart disease and cancer. The solutions are at hand and the health burden too great if we do not move forward quickly to reduce these harmful levels.
California has committed to transition to zero or near-zero freight transport emissions over the next two decades. This will dramatically reduce pollution. More electric and plug-in cars are hitting the roads in Fresno and statewide.
Designing our communities to offer more choices for driving alternatives is also key. Fresno’s Blackstone Corridor Project is a model for bus rapid transit that will get people out of their cars and provide air quality and health benefits to all residents. And perhaps more important is the need for more dedicated, safer bike routes for school children and adults.
To protect our children, local elected officials must support policies to promote zero-emission vehicles and healthy planning so that everyone has healthy air to breathe.
Mary Anne A. Tablizo