Air pollution is a major problem in the UK, especially for people living in and near major cities. Recently the Centre for Cities charity revealed that more than one in 19 deaths in Britain are linked to air pollution, with people living in UK towns and cities being 25 times more likely to die from long-term exposure to poisonous air than a car crash.
It’s scary stuff. And these figures don’t even take into account the people living with the serious problems that poor air quality causes.
And while we wait for policies to be put in place to curb toxic air, we all know of one of the major causes and how we can begin to tackle it. Petrol and diesel vehicles are a major contributor to air pollution in the UK, with the most polluted areas being found next to the busiest roads.
Cleaner, greener roads
A shift towards cleaner forms of transport is essential to cleaning up the quality of our air and while the shift to electric vehicles will play a big part in reducing harmful emissions, there are many who believe in an altogether greener and healthier form of transport - cycling.
On our bikes
And, as we all know, cleaner air isn’t the only benefit of cycling. Getting more people to make journeys by bike would have a major positive impact on the nation’s health and wellbeing, reducing the risks of obesity, coronary heart disease, strokes and cancers to name but a few.
Added to that the potential reduction in serious road traffic accidents and an increase in mental wellbeing, it’s hard to see why taking up cycling as part of your daily routine or commute isn’t being promoted more aggressively by health bodies and policy-makers.