Poor air quality is a huge concern across the country. And while many journeys cannot be helped, pollution from stationary vehicles is just unnecessary. That's why some of our team have been helping tackle vehicle idling in the City of London.
So, on the first Wednesday of November, a handful of Living Streets staff joined the Idling Action London task force with one task in mind - to ask idling drivers if they would mind turning off their engines.
"People were actually quite happy to turn off their engines when we approached them," says Richard, our Project Coordinator, with only a little surprise in his voice. "They understand what we are asking."
Maybe the special gifts help, with drivers offered informative snakes and ladders games and air fresheners.
But it also helps that the project has prepared a load of great myth-busting info...
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Our work on the Idling Action London campaign is part of a Living Streets Service Level Agreement with the City of London.
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"Starting and stopping my engine frequently causes more pollution."
Actually turning off an engine and then restarting after a minute will cause less pollution than letting it run - and also uses less fuel.
"If I am parked on a yellow line, I can't get fined."
Traffic wardens can fine you if you are parked somewhere you shouldn't be whether your engine is running or not.
"If it's cold outside, I need to keep the engine running to keep it warm."
Your engine will stay warm for 30-60 minutes after switching the engine off.
Our team spoke to more than 20 drivers in just one hour.
"It's about getting the word out, engaging with as many people as possible. Not all of the drivers we spoke to were idling at the time," says Richard, on the left here. "I found most people I spoke to were happy to support the message."
Truck driver Stefan works for a company that sounds like it is already very much on board.
He told Victoria that they have monthly talks at work about environmental awareness. His engine was switched off - but he was glad to receive a snakes and ladders game to take home for his daughter.
As the Idling Action website says, there are many ways drivers can help clean up London's air: