Residents

All of us that live and work in Leeds have a responsibility for reducing pollution in the air in our city.

To reduce your own contribution to pollution there are a number of things you can do.

Vehicle emissions are by far the worst contributor to air pollution in Leeds, so there are some really simple things you can do to help improve this;

  • You could drive less often. By taking public transport to work just one day every week, you can reduce your pollution contribution by a massive 20%!
  • Try car sharing. Do you know a colleague that lives nearby? Share your commute with them a few days per week. Or join a car sharing club. When it comes to reducing air pollution, a mile shared is a mile halved!
  • Choose to walk short journeys instead of driving. Need to pick something up from local the local shop? Instead of taking the car, take a short walk. It’s better for your fitness and for the air in your community. Us the Walkit map to map your route to see how many calories you’ve burned and the carbon emissions you’ve saved.
  • Turn off your engine when stuck in traffic or waiting. If you think you’ll be stationary for more than 2 minutes it’s better to switch your engine off.
  • Drive shorter journeys by taking the Park and Ride. Heading into the city centre? Try the Park and Ride instead. You’ll never need to worry about an expired ticket ever again.
  • Drive more efficiently. By driving more efficiently and maximising your average MPG as much as possible, you’ll reduce your emissions and need to fill up less often! Check your tyre pressure and oil regularly.
  • Try cycling. New to riding a bike, or want to get some top tips. Take a look at our cycling information here. You could also ask your employer is they have a Cycle2Work scheme or sak about setting up a workplace cycle challenge. Further information about cycling and sustainable travel is available at Facebook page ‘cycling in Leeds’, and Twitter account @leedstravelwise both sites coordinated by the ITB team.
  • Feeling inclined to make a massive difference? You could consider switching to an electric vehicle. As an incentive to encourage take up of these vehicles Leeds City Council currently offers free city centre parking for our residents with EVs.
  • Stop idling. Did you know that idling is bad for your health, your wallet and for air quality in your community? Find out more.

Myths

Let's clear a few things up

Myth:

Cyclists and pedestrians are exposed to more air pollution than drivers

Fact:

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.

Fact:

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!

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