Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) is encouraging residents in Greenwich West and Peninsula to cycle, walk and use public transport more to support the Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) as National Bike Week gets underway.
A low emission neighbourhood is an area-based scheme which focuses on reducing emissions and promoting more sustainable travel and living. It is focused on areas of high pollution which can be reduced through local measures.
The Royal Greenwich LEN is one of five throughout London.
The others are Westminster, Marylebone; Hackney, Islington and Tower Hamlets, the City of London and Redbridge, and Newham
The Greenwich Society and East Greenwich Residents Association assessed the levels of 22 locations within the Royal Greenwich LEN and found that all readings taken along the main roads were above the legal limits. With the current air pollution in London responsible for nearly 10,000 early deaths, it's important to tackle air pollution now.
But the LEN is not just beneficial for reducing air pollution, it can also be beneficial for your fitness too! Walking and cycling more don't just reduce emissions emitted by vehicles, they’realso great ways to get fit and stay active.
What can you do to reduce emissions?
The Royal Borough of Greenwich is arranging a car free day to encourage those in the LEN to not use their cars – this is taking place on the 24th June.
Walk or cycle when you can
You can use a bike-share programme if you do not have a bike of your own and plan a route by using walkit.com. Get your bike checked out by a professional bike mechanic this National Bike Week:-
Thursday 14th June – 16:00 – 19:00, Greenwich Park, Blackheath Ave/Great Cross Ave Junction
Friday 15th June – 16:00 – 19:00, Middle Park Community Centre
Saturday 16th June – 13:00 – 16:00, Eltham, Passey Place.
Join Greenwich Get Walking on a special walk through the Low Emission Neighbourhood on Clean Air Day (Thursday 21st June 2018) for more information, give Greenwich Get Active a call on 0800 096 5436.
Use public transport where possible
Plan ahead to make the most of your car journey – walk where possible but link trips together to make the most of your journey.
Get in touch with Greenwich Get Active for some information on Personal Travel Planning and how to earn rewards for walking and cycling in the area on 0800 096 5346.
Sign up to cycle more and get this free cycle pack!