Let's clear a few things up
Myth:Cyclists and pedestrians are exposed to more air pollution than drivers
Wrong. As well as being better for your health and fitness, evidence shows that cyclists and pedestrians are also less exposed to air pollution than people in vehicles. This is because your air filter probably doesn’t remove pollution from the air it circulates and being on the road itself means that your vehicles is surrounded by exhaust fumes. Pedestrians and cyclists are also less exposed because even 1 metre away from traffic, there is considerably less pollution than on the road itself.
Myth:Turning your engine on and off again whilst sat in traffic releases more emissions than leaving it running.
Whether you’re stuck in traffic or just waiting to pick someone up, if you think that your car might be stationary for more than 2 minutes it’s better to turn your engine off than leave it running. Doing so will reduce the amount of gases harmful to our health and the environment that your car emits. It’s an easy way to reduce your own contribution to air pollution!
Myth:I drive a petrol car, so I’m not a source of the problem
Not really! Whilst petrol vehicles aren’t as polluting as diesel vehicles, petrol vehicles still emit air pollution which is harmful to our health and the environment. Newer petrol engines from 2006 are better and petrol-hybrid vehicles better still, and electric vehicles release zero emissions while driving.
Myth:There’s not much any one person can do about air quality
Each and every one of us can make little changes that make a big difference in reducing air pollution in our own communities and Leeds as a whole.
- Getting on your bike more often
- Using the Park and Ride
- Turning your engine off in traffic
- Walking more often and leaving the car at home … and many more!