Simple steps to improve air quality for cleaner air

Clean air day

Issued: June 2019

Surrey is a beautiful place to live, work and explore but even the UK's most wooded county has air pollution. Did you know that cars are the main source of air pollution in Surrey? Clean Air Day takes place on 20 June and it's a great opportunity to find out more about air pollution, and think about the simple steps you can take to improve air quality for everyone in the county.

Older adults, children, pregnant women and people with long term chronic conditions, may be more vulnerable to the effects of air pollution than others but air pollution can impact everyone's health. Whether it's reducing how often you use the car to get around, changing the way you do the school run or how you get to and from work, there are small things we can all do to help us breathe cleaner air now and in generations to come.

Simple steps include...

Travel by your own steam

Walk, scoot or cycle to work or school instead of taking the car. Even doing this a few times a week can help reduce air pollution.

Public transport

Catch the bus or train instead of driving. This is a more sustainable way of getting around the county.

Turn your engine off

If you're stationary outside schools or train crossings, turning your engine off while you wait can help the environment and save your fuel too.

Park and stride

If you need to drive, why not park further away and walk the rest of your journey? It will avoid congestion in towns and outside schools and will increase your physical activity.

For more information about how air quality can affect yours and your family's health, visit the Healthy Surrey website.

Issued: 19 June 2019