Ditch your car for Clean Air Day 2018

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Tower Hamlets Council is throwing its weight behind Clean Air Day celebrations as part of its ongoing Breathe Clean campaign, by encouraging people to ditch their cars and either walk, cycle or take public transport to work on 21 June.  

Air pollution levels in Tower Hamlets are currently the fifth worst in London and exceed UK and European UK air quality levels.

Research has shown that air pollution has reduced the lung function of eight and nine year olds in Tower Hamlets by up to 10 per cent and 40 per cent of residents live in areas where pollution levels exceed EU guidance.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:

“Clean Air Day gives us a great focus to think about what we can all do, individually and collectively, to reduce air pollution and help prevent the terrible health issues it can cause to children and vulnerable people.

“Pollution is one of the biggest issues facing London, and that’s why we are committed to doing all we can to reduce it. I would urge residents and businesses to come along to one of our events, or to support the council’s campaign to Breathe Clean.”

Councillor Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor for Regeneration and Air Quality added:

“We are committed to tackling air pollution at every level. With so many of our primary schools in such polluted areas, we’re raising awareness about can be done locally to reduce pollution, highlighting the ways residents can help protect their health, preventing idling outside our schools and improving accessibility to sustainable transport.

“We want to make our streets more pedestrian friendly, and it is great that we’re closing off St Paul’s Way to traffic for the first time to make way for a fantastic family festival. All are welcome.”   

Get involved:


The Mayor has announced £200,000 of funding for residents and community groups to help deliver projects that tackle air pollution. The new funding will support projects that help monitor pollution levels around schools, introduce charging points for electric vehicles and help raise awareness about the impact air pollution can have on health. To apply for funding, Email: environmental.health@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Free cycle repairs:

Dr Bike will be offering free cycle repairs and adjustments to all cyclists on 21 June between 4.30pm and 6.30pm by the lake opposite Anchorage House, Clove Crescent, E14 2BE


A stall with information about what people can do to reduce air pollution in their neighbourhood and the impact of air pollution caused by vehicles that idle will take place at Watney Market on 21 June between 10.30am and 1pm.

Get energy advice

Representatives from the Zero Emissions Network (ZEN) will be at a stall in the town hall between 11am and 2pm to offer advice on switching to low emission energy and travel options. Residents and businesses are welcome.

Free bike rides:

Cycle Confident instructors are leading a free social ride through quiet roads and cycle paths to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 5pm on 21 June, which will feature the chance to ride on the Olympic Park Velopark road track for free. The starting point is by the lake opposite Anchorage House, Clove Crescent, E14 2BE. People new to cycling and seasoned cyclers are all welcome.

Come to a family festival:

On 23 June, the celebrations continue with a family friendly street festival at St Paul’s Way, E3 4FT.  St Paul’s Way will be closed to traffic from 11am-4pm for the first time to highlight the importance of pedestrian friendly streets.

In addition to the live music and entertainment on offer, St Paul’s Way will also be temporarily transformed, with cycling and skating workshops, market stalls and a pop-up garden set up across the street.

Show your support:

Show your support for Clean Air Day by using the hashtags #BreatheClean and #CleanAirDay2018 on social media channels:

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Posted on Friday 15th June 2018