If we want clean air, we need streets that are designed around people, not motor vehicles.

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Have your say: Respond to the Government's consultation on air pollution targets in England

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Everyone has the right to breathe clean air! But in almost every area of the UK people are exposed to toxic levels of air pollution. 
Walking is good for our minds, our bodies, and our cities, towns and villages. Everyone should be able to choose an active, healthy and stress-free life without the threats posed by toxic air pollution.  

People who walk or cycle do not contribute to air pollution, but are unfairly exposed to it. When more people are able to choose walking, air pollution levels will come down: it’s a win-win! 
The Government has promised to set new legal targets to reduce air pollution. However, they want to wait until 2040 to take action. This is not good enough.  

They have asked the public to share views on the new targets, so we’ve joined up with Asthma + Lung UK to make an easy tool to respond to the consultation. Let’s send a message to the Government: we need clear air NOW!

Provide your input to the consultation - which ends on 11 May 2022:


Our how-to guide outlines Living Streets' position on the main issues. It gives you text that you can combine with your own local knowledge to submit a strong consultation response. 

Download our air quality consultation how-to guide - pdf

You can also read some of the comprehensive responses Living Streets itself has made to some large-scale consultations:

Birmingham (2018)

Wales Clean Air Zone Framework (2018)

Greater Manchester (2019)


Improve the air we breathe

Air pollution is bad for our health and the environment, and we need to take steps to alleviate it. In the UK, it’s estimated that 36,000 early deaths a year can be linked to air pollution exposure.

Idling vehicles -  when an engine is left running while parked, stationary, or when waiting at junctions or traffic lights - contributes to our toxic air.

Idling is often a problem outside schools, hospitals and near bus stops, so why not work together with your neighbours to improve air quality for everyone who lives, works or studies nearby? It might just make a difference.

Download our toolkit to find out how you can take action in your area to put an end to idling vehicles. Our guide runs you through all the steps you’ll need to run your own campaign or anti-idling day of action.

Download anti-idling toolkit

We can help you take action in your area

If you plan to use our toolkit and run an anti-idling campaign or day of action in your area let us know. We will then get in touch to discuss how we can support you.

Living Streets is gathering your data to process this action. We won’t share your details with any third parties. We will be in touch to offer you support with your anti-idling activity. View our full privacy policy here.

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The amount of air pollution caused by road traffic

Investing in and prioritising walking and cycling can be part of the solution – and you can help us call for change by making a donation.


Together we will:

  • Work with UK and devolved governments to ensure clean air is prioritised. We’re the pedestrian voice campaigning for a Clean Air Act and more investment in walking and cycling.
  • Respond to clean air consultations in key towns and cities across the UK, and call for Clean Air Zones
  • Provide campaigners with materials to pick up the fight in their area!


Could help us campaign for cleaner air

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Find out more about how walking and air pollution

Air pollution - our policy