Go clean and green - sustainable travel options
Sustainable travel options can improve air quality in Kingston
We encourage residents to consider sustainable transport options such as electric bikes (e-bikes) and electric vehicles to reduce engine emissions and so improve air quality.
In June 2018 the council published its Annual Public Health report, ‘Clearing the Air’, which outlines where Kingston’s air pollution comes from, the impact on health and the things we can all do to lessen the impact.
Air pollution is the biggest environmental cause of ill-health in the UK. In Kingston it is estimated to contribute to the equivalent of one in twenty deaths.
Road traffic is the single biggest contributor to air pollution locally, 64% of nitrogen dioxide air pollution comes from road traffic of which 37% is from private diesel cars*.
We can all play a part in improving air quality in Kingston by choosing to change the way we travel; walking or cycling to school or work, stopping engine idling or switching to electric or hybrid vehicles.
Lowering traffic congestion by reducing our reliance on motorised road transport is the best way to reduce the health impact of air pollution because it’s responsible for such a big proportion of the problem.
Research by Transport for London’s “Roads Task Force” found that just over a third of journeys under 2km in London were made by car, and a little under a third between 2km and 5km.
The Mayor of London has recognised a shift is needed, declaring in the Mayor's Transport Strategy 2018 that '80% of all trips in London need to be made on foot, by cycle or using public transport by 2041'.
The Council supports sustainable transport options through the following initiatives:
- Go Cycle schemes - a network of 10 linked cycle routes across the borough
- On-street cycle parking across the borough
- Bike hangars in local authority estates
- Free one-to-one cycle training
- Bike maintenance courses
- Brompton bike hire scheme
- Promotion of walking routes
- Electric vehicle charging points
The council is currently investigating hiring out electric cargo bikes to anyone who lives, works or studies in the borough. These bikes could be used by households or businesses for a range of trips which would normally be undertaken by car or delivery vehicle.
If you are keen to hear more or would like to hire out an electric cargo bike, email us [email protected].
*GLA/TfL data from the London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory.