On the 16th of June, we celebrated and supported Clean Air Day, the largest campaign of its kind in the UK. Pollution-free active travel is essential for getting the benefits of being physically active. So, whether you’re rolling or getting back into it, clean air makes sense for everyone.
The aim was to draw attention to what businesses, schools, and individuals can do to reduce pollution and highlight the existing trend amongst the public. Surveys have shown that around 90% of people are doing something to reduce air pollution and more than 80% think that air pollution should be a priority in the UK.
Clean Air Day celebrated its sixth year of raising public consciousness about air pollution with the theme of ‘Air pollution dirties every organ in your body. Take steps to improve your health this Clean Air Day.’ Air pollution can contribute to chronic illnesses including lung disease and strokes, even making you more susceptible to COVID-19 and other viruses.
The campaign promotes various ways to reduce pollution in your local area, these include:
- Talking to someone about the harms of air pollution.
- Walking short distance trips and leaving the car at home where you can.
- Asking local and national decision-makers what would make it easier for you to walk more and have clean air in your community.
This makes it a great time to get stuck into cycling or walking, swapping the usual commute for a push bike or scooter. At First Step Cycle, our coaches are experts in raising confidence and proficiency on two wheels that will have you adding active travel to your daily routine in no time.
Contact the team to take your first step with First Step Cycle.