As part of Bristol Walking Festival 2018, the ClairCity team put on our trainers and took a short but informative walk around central Bristol. Air Quality Officer Andrew Edwards from Bristol City Council led the walk, showing attendees how the council monitor the air, the issues facing the city and some tips on how to avoid and reduce the air pollution themselves.
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Use the car less when you can, especially if you drive a diesel
- You are still exposed to air pollution even if you are inside a car, so being in traffic is not safe.
- 40% of pollution (nitrogen dioxide) in Bristol’s city centre is from diesel cars.
Increase your distance from traffic wherever possible
- Walk along the section of the pavement furthest from vehicles. Even an increase of 1 metre can help.
- Choose side roads rather than the main road when you have the option.
Avoid busy roads
- When you have the option, always try to walk upwind of the pollution from vehicles
- If possible avoid busy roads at peak times e.g. during the rush hours when traffic and pollution levels are generally higher
If you are particularly sensitive to pollution (e.g. heart condition, severe asthma etc) watch out for alerts on BBC weather forecasts.
- For most people, it will still be better to use active travel and get some exercise (e.g. walking or cycling) on higher pollution days.
- By not using the car you are reducing the overall amount of pollution, and exercise has many benefits for our physical and mental health.