Date: 05 Oct 2020
Category: News

Air Pollution in Hounslow

The lockdown imposed across the UK due to the Covid-19 pandemic had a significant positive impact on air pollution in Hounslow. This is due to a number of factors including a reduction in road traffic and air travel. Between March and May 2020, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) was down 34% across the borough, compared to the same period in 2019. Particulate matter was also greatly reduced, down 12% on average.

Between June to August 2020 there has been an 16% rise in nitrogen dioxide pollution. This is still lower than the value recorded over the same period in 2019, however the trend is increasing as the borough comes out of lockdown.

Use this Air Pollution calculator to work out your individual contribution to air pollution

Use AirTEXT

Between 1st April 2019 and 31st March 2020 there were 18 airTEXT alert days in Hounslow. If you are concerned about air quality and would like to receive regular warnings of high pollution, you can sign up to our free airTEXT service, which sends alerts via text message or email. See www.airtext.info for further details.

#EnginesOff: No Idling Toolkit & Driver Education

Leaving your engine running when stationary is an unnecessary source of air pollution. Stopping and starting your engine makes less air pollution than idling for one minute.

As part of the London wide #EnginesOff campaign, Idling Action is providing businesses with a free driver education video and a toolkit of resources for those who have fleets, professional drivers, or employees who travel by car to work. The resources will arm their staff with the knowledge of how best to reduce air pollution and protect their health, and ask them to pledge as drivers the simple action of not idling their vehicle engines.

Please find the education video here and the toolkit attached. If you would like to find out more please email Jack.Alexander@camden.gov.uk or visit  https://idlingaction.london/business/.

Workplace cycle promotion tips

Increasing the levels of active travel in your workplace, such as cycling, has substantial benefits. For individuals, it means cheaper travel and better health. For businesses, it means increased productivity and increased footfall in shops. And for society as a whole it means lower congestion, better air quality, and vibrant, attractive places and communities.

Many businesses have seen their employees change the way they travel to work since the Covid-19 pandemic and reductions on public transport. Travelling to work by bike has become a popular form of transport, particularly for businesses whose staff cannot work from home e.g. service industries. 

The London Cycling Campaign have put together some key tips on how workplaces can help enable employees shift to active travel and cycling. Please find the Business not as usual’ article attached.

The Cycle to Work scheme

The Cycle to Work scheme is designed to help your employees save up to 42% on a new bike and accessories, as well as spreading the cost over monthly salary sacrifice instalments. Employers will need to sign up to Cycle to Work scheme such as Halford’s Cycle 2 Work, Cyclescheme or Bike2Work to name a few. Please find the Government’s Cycle to Work guidance here.

Free cycle training

London Borough of Hounslow are offering free adult cycle training to all anyone aged 16 and over who lives, works or studies in the borough. The 1 to 1 session will be tailored to the rider’s ability and can include planning a safe cycle route to work/home.

The location of training can take place anywhere in the borough. Bikes and helmets can be provided upon request. Covid-19 guidance will be followed at all times. Bookings can be made directly online here. Please find a cycle flyer attached to share within your organisation.

Free bike checks

London Borough of Hounslow run regular free ‘Dr Bike’ sessions around the borough every month. Please find the latest schedule here. If you are large organisation, we can offer a free ‘Dr Bike’ session at your workplace to ensure your employees bikes are safe to ride to work. If you are interested, please request a session by emailing cycling@hounslow.gov.uk.

E-cargo bike service for new Chiswick Flower Market

London Borough of Hounslow in conjunction with Sustrans, the UK’s walking and cycling charity, are providing an e-cargo bike delivery service for the new Chiswick Flower Market, located on Chiswick High Road, W4 2DR. Running on the first Sunday of every month (8th November, 6th December), customers will be able to have their flowers delivered on the same day, free of charge, to anywhere within a 2-mile radius of Chiswick (W4 postcode). If your business is interested in setting up a E-cargo bike service for your deliveries please email cycling@hounslow.gov.uk.

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