Everyone who lives or works in Tower Hamlets is being urged to ditch their car for June and walk or cycle more to reduce air pollution and get healthier.
Most of the air pollution in the borough comes from vehicle emissions. The busiest parts of the A12 accommodate more than 100,000 vehicles per day.
High levels of traffic congestion leads to high levels of harmful emissions such as nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM).
The toxic fumes particularly affect children and older people and those with heart and lung conditions.
A Kings College study showed that children in Tower Hamlets have up to 10% less lung capacity than the national average.” They may never get that back.
Research from Walk England shows the level of walking in Tower Hamlets is falling and Transport for London (TfL) data shows that just nine per cent of residents are “regular” cyclists.
The Breathe Clean Challenge encourages people to walk and cycle more to get fitter and make the most of the many walkways in the borough, including the Thames Path along the river, which is one of oldest in London.
John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:
Mayor Biggs added: “Locally our air quality exceeds safe standards and it’s affecting our residents’ health. We all need to do our bit both individually and by working together to make our air cleaner. I can also personally recommend walking to work – it is my preferred type of travel and it’s great for your wellbeing.”
Councillor Rachel Blake, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Air Quality and Tackling Poverty added:
“I would urge everyone to take the Challenge and try to avoid using their cars in June where they can. This is a good opportunity to reduce local air pollution – and that benefits both people and our environment.”
To join the Breathe Clean Challenge, go to: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/BreatheClean
Posted on Thursday 30th May 2019