People walking

More walking =
less motor traffic +
less pollution

To mark Clean Air Day 2019 on 20 June, Matt, our engagement coordinator, pulled together a few easy things you can do to help us make the case for walking in the fight against air pollution.

Matt Cunningham

Air pollution is one of the greatest environmental and health challenges in our time. Against this backdrop, the need to rethink how our streets work has never been more urgent. 

At Living Streets we see promoting walking as a vital tool in reducing the motor traffic that generates so many emissions.

And remember that all evidence suggests that we are no less exposed to the affects of pollution in a car than we are while outside.

At the same time though we know that poor air quality is something that prevents plenty of people from walking.

So that’s why tackling pollution is central to so much of our work – from supporting anti-idling projects and calling for car-free school gates, to calling on local authorities (such as in Greate Manchester right now) to take the strongest action possible.

We know we can do more, and here are some ways you can help.

1. Have your say where you live

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Across the country, local authorities are, or soon will be, asking people to give feedback on their plans to tackle air pollution.

Our how-to guide gives you advice on how to respond, and outlines Living Streets' position on the main issues. 

Get your free copy and let's make change happen.

Download your air quality consultation guide

2. Support us with a donation

Investing in and prioritising walking and cycling have a big part to play in cleaning our air.

By making a donation you can help Living Streets as we work with national and local governments, and support grassroots campaigns.

Help us build our movement.


Support our work


Clean air need streets fit for walking

3. Join our campaign

"I believe that clean air needs our streets to be made fitter for walking."

Agree? Then add your name and join our campaign.

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Over 70% of air pollution is produced by road traffic.

By prioritising cleaner air and investing in walking and cycling, our decision makers can help turn this around.


Premature deaths each year in the UK are attributable to air pollution. 

In March, the European Heart Journal found toxic air is killing more people than tobacco smoking.

More about walking and air pollution

Useful links

Clean Air Day

Visit the Clean Air Day 2019 website for free resources and more about what's happening on the day.

Clean Air Day 2019

Air pollution down


Walking is great for your health, but air pollution is putting the public at risk. 

Air pollution

School Streets


Our handy guide to making streets outside our schools car-free - reduce congestion, cut pollution, increase walking.

School Streets Schemes