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.

Click, Collect and Create Cleaner Air

No one likes missing a delivery at home, but having online shopping sent to your work address adds to traffic congestion and air pollution in Victoria. By using our new website, Click. Collect. Clean Air you can help reduce congestion and air pollution – and you’ll never miss a delivery at home again. Visit victoria.clickcollect.london and find the most convenient collection point for you.

The Victoria BID Air Quality Pledge Certificate

In 2013 we launched the Victoria BID Air Quality Pledge Certificate and have worked with theatres, hotels, developers, retailers, charities and professional bodies on ways to improve local air quality.Companies choose their sector focus and where they can help from a pick list that includes:

  • Communications – raising the profile of air quality.
  • Transportation – promoting walking and cycling to staff and visitors.
  • The Built Environment – reducing gas consumption and installing low emission technologies.
  • Supply Chain – reducing the number of deliveries to offices whilst still ensuring businesses get what they need.

By signing up to the Victoria BID Air Quality Pledge Certificate companies voluntarily pledge to undertake actions from the list. On 22nd July 2016 we held our second Air Quality Champions event and handed signed pledge certificates to businesses in recognition of their commitment to act to improve local air quality. Twenty three businesses are currently involved in the project with DONG Energy the latest signatory.

Little Guide to Better Air Quality

We have also published The Little Guide to Better Air Quality to help businesses identify quick-win solutions relevant to their sector that can make a difference to local air quality.

Zero and Low Emission Suppliers Directory

We commissioned Parliament Hill Research to refresh the 2015 directory that they created for the Cross River Partnership as part of the Clean Air Better Business programme, and the City of London prior to this. The 2017 Zero and Low Emission Suppliers Directory helps you choose a supplier that uses these types of vehicles.

Simple changes to business behaviours can improve local air quality and reduce health risks whilst making businesses more efficient

David Beamont, Operations Manager Victoria BID

Monitoring Sensor at the Victoria Palace Theatre

In 2013, and with WCC and Land Securities, we facilitated the installation an air quality monitoring sensor at the Victoria Palace Theatre. The sensor measured background NO2 at the Victoria Street/Bressenden Place/Vauxhall Bridge Road junction. The data was publicly available via the London Air Quality Network (LAQN) at King’s College London. The sensor has been installed at our office whilst the theatre undergoes refurbishment and records NO2 levels on the road outside. You can track the data here and at the bottom of this page you can see air quality across the broader Victoria area.

Engine Idling

Don’t be an engine idler! In Westminster, keeping a vehicle’s engine idling whilst parked is now an offence because of the health impacts of exhaust emissions. Drivers can receive a Fixed Penalty Notice if they refuse to switch off their engines when requested by a Westminster Marshall. We also facilitate anti-idling engagement days where drivers are also approached by friendly volunteers and asked to switch off their engines when parked.

Promoting Walking & Cycling

We collaborate with Westminster Physios to provide workouts designed around walking. Attendees learn how to walk effectively, burn more calories, improve movement patterns and reduce joint pain. We also recommend walking apps like CityAir that provide low emission walking routes, and you can also download a 5 Minute Legible London Finder map and a 15 minute Legible London Planner map to help you navigate around Victoria and beyond. Both maps include “YOU ARE HERE” arrows positioned at the front of the Victoria Railway Station as a reference.

We team up with Cycle Confident, Westminster City Council and building management teams in Victoria to provide free, on-site cycle drop-in sessions. For workers that might be thinking of cycling to work but have never cycled before or don’t know what route to take, Cycle Confident provide bespoke maps of their routes to work that include ‘quietways’ and other streets that are less busy. Workers can also sign up for free guided rides with a trainer and use the new routes so that they become familiar with them. To request a drop-in session contact david.beamont@victoriabid.co.uk

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