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Council to mark Clean Air Day 2022

9 June 2022

Richmond Council will mark this year’s Clean Air Day (16 June) with several initiatives, including a pop-up information stall at Richmond Station. 

Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution awareness campaign and Richmond Council is calling for residents, businesses and schools to play their part. The Council will host a pop-up information stall at Richmond Station from 11am to 4pm on Thursday 16 June to provide residents with information on active travel options and air quality in the borough.  

The theme for this year's campaign is 'Air pollution dirties every organ in your body. Take steps to improve your health this Clean Air Day'.  

Air pollution can harm every organ in the body and shorten lives, as well as contributing towards chronic illness. When polluted air is breathed, it can inflame the lining of the lungs and move into the bloodstream, affecting every organ in the body. This can lead to lung disease, heart disease, dementia and strokes.  

The Council's pop-up event at Richmond Station will provide residents with: 

  • Information on air quality in and around the borough 
  • How you can immediately reduce your own exposure to poor air quality 
  • Information on the new Richmond upon Thames cargo bike hire scheme 
  • Information on e-cargo bikes for businesses  
  • A free Dr Bike bicycle safety check 
  • A free e-cargo taxi service for passengers travelling locally provided by Peddle My Wheels  
  • Information on the Try Before You Bike Scheme for residents
  • Information on e-scooters and promo codes for free journeys

There will also be street entertainment at the station and at two new school street locations at Hampton Infants School during drop off and at Holy Trinity Primary School at collection time. 

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

"As a Council, we will continue to work with residents to improve the borough's air quality. In the lead up to Clean Air Day, we are encouraging residents to take cycling and walking choices to benefit both the environment and our health. 

"Whether it’s leaving your car at home in favour of active travel options or switching to the bus, train or e-scooter, please do all you can on Clean Air Day and beyond to minimise your pollution contribution and help to ensure the air we breathe is clean and unpolluted." 

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