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Did you know that air pollution on side streets is often at least 20% lower than on busy roads? Or that the most polluted place to be on the roads is inside a vehicle?

On the UK’s first National Clean Air Day a series of events took place to find out more about air pollution, learn how to avoid it and discover what can be done to cut local pollution levels.

On 15 June

Idling Engine Action Day: 8.30am-12pm

Staff and volunteers asked drivers to switch off their engine when parked for more than a minute. To see what’s involved visit and email to sign up for future events.

Air Quality in the City: 11am-3pm - drop in session

Staff, residents and businesses were able to meet the City’s Air Quality Team at the Guildhall to find out what the City of London is doing and what individuals can do about air quality issues.

Electric Vehicle Look & Try: 11am - 3pm

Glynn Hopkins (Nissan) and BMW Park Lane displayed their electric vehicles in Lauderdale Place, EC2Y 8BY between 11am and 3pm. People were able to look around the vehicles, sign up for a test drive as well ask questions about electric vehicles.

Moor Lane Pop-Up Air Quality Garden launch: 12.30pm

The new pop up air quality garden in Moor Lane was launched. It was created by volunteers as part of the City in Bloom Air Quality Challenge ‘clean and green for seventeen’. See for details.

Also this week

Pop-Up Air Quality Garden

As part of the Air Quality Challenge ‘clean and green for seventeen’, emerging pop-up air quality gardens in the Square Mile could be visited. See for locations and details.

16 June - Air Quality Champion Workshop

Today saw a lunch time event at Investec for business air quality champions where a new business air quality initiative was launched. If you are a business in the City, please email to find out more.

Low Emission Walk – Clean Air Footprints

This temporary route from Barbican Station coincided with National Clean Air Day and the launch of the Moor Lane pop up garden at the eastern end of the walk. The route encourages pedestrians to avoid busier roads in favour of quieter routes away from traffic and visit wonderful gardens along the route. Email to find out more.

17 June - Fann Street Cycle Event Day: 11am-3pm​​

(opposite Fann Street Wildlife Garden - EC2Y OBR)

Concluding Bike Week and coinciding with National Clean Air Day this Pop Up event saw  ‘Dr Bike’ checks and minor repairs, registration for free cycle training, bike security markings by the City of London Police and information​ from the London Cycling Campaign, Residents could also learn about the Golden Lane residents’ cargo bike hire scheme. Air quality and Low Emission Neighbourhood information was also  available.

Find out more about this Pop Up Event (549KB).

Get involved

If you’d like to make a pledge to act, download free resources for your own action or read more, visit or email

30 May 2017
Last Modified:
04 October 2017