Air Quality

Improving air quality on a local street level is one of our public realm priorities.

Air quality in Central London is linked to health issues

Like most parts of Central London, Victoria suffers from poor air quality. Invisible to the eye, this is largely due to a combination of emissions from vehicles on the roads and gas boilers in buildings. Improving local air quality is vital to ensuring our area is a healthy and vibrant place to live, work, visit and do business in.

Here are some of the projects we are working on and ways you can get involved:

Health check your business!

Your office generates vehicles trips – by suppliers visiting your site or sometimes through staff travel choices – and so your workplace is a key player in improving local air quality. Simply have someone in your office who is familiar with dealing with suppliers and ordering goods and services to your office visit www.deliverbest.london and complete the short questionnaire – it takes 60 seconds at most. They’ll instantly receive recommendations and tips that can be integrated into your current operations.

Click, Collect and Create Cleaner Air

Having online shopping sent to your work address adds to traffic congestion and air pollution in Victoria. Use our new website www.victoria.clickcollect.london to find alternative delivery options. Give it a go!

Love Your Side Streets!

Side streets that have less traffic on them will have less vehicle-borne pollution so explore new routes to, from and around Victoria. Find that shop you never knew existed before! Maybe even get to where you wanted to more quickly! #loveyoursidestreets

Zero and Low Emission Suppliers Directory

Our Zero and Low Emission Suppliers Directory helps you choose a supplier that uses these types of vehicles. So, explore changing to a new, cleaner supplier today!

Become a Victoria BID Air Quality Champion!

We work with theatres, hotels, developers, retailers, charities and professional bodies and help them choose additional activities to make the air you breathe in Victoria better. Visit www.deliverbest.london to find out more about this project and to become an Air Quality Champion. Twenty-three Victoria organisations in Victoria have signed up so far!

Walk and cycle!

Walking apps like CityAir and Walkit offer low pollution walking routes. You can also download these maps to help you walk around Victoria and beyond:
http://www.victoriabid.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Victoria-Finder-Map-YAH-web.pdf

http://www.victoriabid.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Victoria-Planner-Map-YAH-web.pdf

We team up with Cycle Confident to provide free, on-site cycle drop-in sessions. This is ideal for workers that might be thinking of cycling to work but have never cycled before or who do cycle but don’t know what quiet route to take. To request a drop-in session contact david.beamont@victoriabid.co.uk

Little Guide to Better Air Quality

Read our Little Guide to Better Air Quality to learn more about the health effects of poor air quality, identify additional activities you can undertake and read case studies from local businesses.

Monitoring Nitrogen Dioxide

We host an air quality monitor that is linked to the London Air Quality Network (LAQN) at King’s College London. The sensor records Nitrogen Dioxide levels on Buckingham Palace Road outside our office. View the data here.  You can also check live air pollution levels for Victoria on the map at the bottom of this page.

Engine Idling

If you drive in the UK, don’t be an engine idler! Switch off your engine when parked to reduce vehicle emissions – and save a bit of fuel too!

 

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