I have taken early retirement from academic library work, but I do the admin and accounts for my sons’ business and make music and digital collages - to print and sell on T shirts. I spend about half of a day working from home. Sometimes I go to model castings but they
are not on any regular basis.
I travel by bus, tube and walk and I gave up my
car about 18 months ago.
I didn’t think that my overall exposure would be very
high but was surprised that travelling by tube or car can raise my levels quite significantly.
I will now try to walk through the park or take side streets if walking to the tube station. I have bought some plants to purify the air at home.
As Amy lives on a quiet street, not near a main road, and near a park, her home levels and levels walking around her neighbourhood were very low.
"I was surprised that travelling by tube or car can raise my levels quite significantly"
Amy's exposure was occasionally higher than some of the participants commuting into the city, because of travelling a lot on public transport.
To improve the air we share there could be more information for people. It would be good to have air pollution readings as part of digital displays that you often find that already display the temperature, date etc.
I feel the most pressing issue is protecting our children, such as preventing cars from idling at school gates, as children are still physically developing. I will also alert
people I speak to of the findings from this research
"It would be good
to have air pollution readings as part of digital displays"