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Richmond Council marks Clean Air Day 2021

17 June 2021

Clean Air Day (June 17) is the UK's largest air pollution awareness campaign and Richmond Council is calling for residents, businesses and schools to play their part.

It is estimated that up to 4,000 Londoners die prematurely every year due to long-term exposure to air pollution. Clean Air Day aims to improve public understanding of air pollution, how it affects our health and what we can all do to tackle air pollution, helping to protect both the environment and our health. The theme for this year is 'Protect our children’s health from air pollution'.

Residents can take part in Clean Air Day by leaving their cars at home and walking, cycling or scooting around the borough instead.  Find out more about how you can get involved.  

Schools are invited to take part in a Clean Air Day poster competition and can access activity sheets and lesson plans.

Businesses can visit the Air Quality for businesses web page for ideas on how to reduce business impact on local air quality. Businesses can also sign up to a business-focused webinar at 4pm on 17 June, run by Global Action Plan.

Richmond Council has recently made changes to support better air quality in the borough, including:

  • Involvement in Transport for London's e-scooter trial 
  • Introduction of the borough’s first protected cycle lane in Kew 
  • Pedestrianisation of Church Street 
  • The installation of six bike hangars this year with a further 24 hangars currently being proposed in streets across the borough 
  • Funding for eCargo bikes for local businesses 
  • The implementation of 15 School Streets consultations which promote active travel whilst improving road safety and air pollution around schools 
  • A partnership with Peddle My Wheels – a try before you bike scheme, where you can use a bike for a monthly fee before deciding to purchase it

Cllr Alexander Ehmann, Chair of the Transport and Air Quality Committee, said: 

"Cycling and walking are top-notch choices for Clean Air Day, because they not only benefit the environment, but also our personal health and wellbeing.

"So, whether it’s ditching the car in favour of active travel; or switching to a bus, train or e-scooter, please do all that you can on Clean Air Day to minimise your own pollution contribution.

As a Council, we promise to keep working with you to improve our borough’s air quality. There are few tasks as important as ensuing the very air we breathe is clean and unpolluted."

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Updated: 17 June 2021