Clean Air Day 2022

Clean Air Day, the UK’s largest campaign on air pollution is taking place on Thursday 16 June 2022.

Air pollution is the biggest environmental threat to our health, no matter who you are or where you live.

It can harm every organ in your body and can shorten lives, contribute towards chronic illness and put us more at risk of Covid-19.

On Clean Air Day there are simple steps we can all take to cut down on the pollution we cause and use our voices to fight for a cleaner air future.

This year’s campaign is focusing on walking which has positive benefits for your health and the planet.

There are some simple things you can do to improve the air quality in your community and protect yourself from the effects of pollution.

  • Leave the car at home – walk, cycle or take public transport if you can, especially for those short distance trips
  • Use quieter streets when you’re on a bike or on foot to avoid polluted main roads
  • Work from home more often, if this option is available to you
  • Cycle, walk or scoot the school run – it will set a good example to your children and provides you both with an opportunity to be active
  • Create awareness by speaking to someone about air pollution and its impact on health

If driving is essential

  • Consider going electric – if you don’t have an electric car consider hiring one, using an electric taxi or renting an electric scooter
  • Don’t idle – turn off your engine whenever your vehicle is stationary, and it is safe to do so. Read our anti-idling myth busting webpage.
  • Try parking further away from your work/school and walking some of your journey

At home

  • Avoid using wood burning stoves and open fires – if it is essential, only burn dry, well-seasoned or ‘ready-to-burn’ labelled wood or smokeless fuel
  • Avoid burning household and garden waste – take it to your local household recycling centre.

Free electric vehicle charging

As part of this year’s Clean Air Day campaign the Council is offering free charging on the following electric vehicle (EV) charge points from 6pm on Wednesday 15 June 2022 to 8am on Friday 17 June 2022.

The EV charge points at the following locations will be offering free charging. Each car park has two double-socket ‘fast’ chargers, enabling four EVs to charge at once.

  • Bishop Street car park - Chester
  • Brook Street car park - Chester
  • Shrewsbury Road car park - Ellesmere Port
  • Moor Lane car park - Frodsham
  • Chester Road car park - Neston
  • Park Street car park – Northwich

The Council has also installed two rapid 50 kilowatt EVCPs and a fast charger outside the boat museum in Ellesmere Port. Being close to the M53 and Stanlow, the rapid chargers are well suited to quick top-ups by passing trades, taxi drivers and the general public. These will also be free of charge for Clean Air Day.

Details and locations of all these chargers, as well as the wider networks of EVCPs can be viewed on Zap Map.

Free family cycling training

The Council’s road safety team are currently offering free family cycle training to help all members of the family to develop their cycle skills and improve their confidence. For more information visit the Bike Right website.

More information

Learn more about Clean Air Day and organisations that can help you switch to more sustainable modes of transport.

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