Councillor Salma Yaqoob, one of the Birmingham's Post's Power 50, takes the bus to town on 'In Town Without My Car Day'.
On Tuesday 22nd September, some of the Birmingham Post’s Power 50 took up the Birmingham Friends of the Earth challenge to show some leadership and give up their cars for the day on In Town Without My Car Day.
Even senior figures at the council pledged their support for the idea and so we are hoping that next year there will be some officially sanctioned events, but, even more importantly, some drastic improvements in public transport provision in Birmingham and in safety measures for cyclists and pedestrians.
A Friends of the Earth volunteer travelled with councillor Salma Yaqoob as she did without her car for the day.
Salma Yaqoob walking children Mikael and Aslan to school
Pictured here walking children Mikael and Aslan to school, councillor Yaqoob said “Normally taking the children to school and travelling to work in the morning is a last minute rush. We lead such a packed life so we save time in the car. Today it felt good – not driving. I had to do this. We had extra time to chat. Walking is good exercise and it felt like the right thing to do.”
Continues… Read more at Birmingham Friends of the Earth.
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Salma Yaqoob is up for the Birmingham Power 50 List 2009
Respect party leader and Birmingham city councillor Salma Yaqoob is again in the frame for the Birmingham Post’s Power 50 List for 2009.
Read more here.
Birmingham Respect Councillor Salma Yaqoob
Respect Councillor Salma Yaqoob has made the Birmingham ‘Power 50’ list of most influential people in the city.
The 37-year-old Councillor for the Sparkbrook ward was entered into the list for the first time at No. 11, with critics Cllr. Jerry Evans and Roger Godsiff MP not even making the 2008 list.
>> Click here to see list and article on Salma Yaqoob
Also included at no. 46 is Respect supporter and former candidate Dr. Mohammed Naseem, who makes his second appearance in the list, representing the Birmingham Central Mosque.
The list is featured in the Friday July 18th issue of The Birmingham Post.
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SEE ALSO: Salma Yaqoob honoured by Birmingham media – Respect website