We need to push forward walking and cycling to tackle air pollution crisis in London

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A new research and map shows that every area of London exceeds recommended guidelines for PM2.5

4 October 2017

Today Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London announced that every Londoner is exposed to dangerous toxic air particles.

A new research and map shows that every area of London exceeds recommended guidelines for PM2.5.

The damning report also reveals 7.9 million Londoners live in areas exceeding World Health Organization air quality guidelines by at least 50 per cent.

PM2.5 are small toxic air particles which are widely acknowledged to have the greatest impact on health with both short and long-term exposure increasing the likelihood of respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

Matt Winfield, Acting Director for Sustrans London, walking and cycling charity says:

“It is absolutely shocking that not a single area of London has safe levels of particulate pollution – particularly as this pollutant has such damaging effects on our children and older people.

“Even if a vehicle uses the cleanest fuels, its tyres and brakes will continue to wear out and produce particulate pollution. This research reiterates the point that the Mayor needs to push forward proposals to reduce traffic levels across London, and to make it easy for Londoners to walk and cycle their everyday journeys instead of taking the car.”

For more information and interviews, please get in touch with Anna Galandzij, Senior Press Officer at Sustrans, 07557 915 648