I work for a property company called Grosvenor, in the West End, where I look after our estate. I really value environmental sustainability. I'm a big recycler and I keep
3 chickens in my garden in Islington. They're great;
they eat scraps, producer manure, lay delicious
eggs on shredded bank statements and they have
great personalities too!
I enjoy cycling to work. It’s fast, good exercise and
more pleasant than a packed tube. I also have a car
for grocery shopping and weekend getaways.
My cycle route from Islington to Mayfair takes me via Euston Road or Oxford Street, both of which are highly polluted. I want to help tackle this for me and the future of the city. I also drive in London therefore recognise the need to not ignore the needs of drivers.
"I enjoy cycling to work. It’s fast, good exercise and more pleasant than
a packed tube"
Despite Nick’s very busy routine consisting of long journeys across London, his overall exposure was very low as he mostly walks and cycles.
I was amazed that my exposure while cycling was less than driving. I thought cycling through traffic jams would have very high pollution levels. However, I'm exposed to less pollution than all those drivers sat in their vehicles and
I can move through the jam faster.
I have told my friends and colleagues. They were all surprised. The logic makes sense, but you intuitively
think that without the surrounds of a vehicle you are exposed to more pollution. This is not the case.
To improve air quality, we need to incentivise electric vehicle and penalise diesel and petrol vehicles further. We need to clean up the tube network, promote active travel and increase the provision of cycling and walking routes across the city.
"I'm exposed to less pollution than all those drivers sat in their vehicles and I can move through the jam faster."
doubled when taking
a taxi compared to when cycling in Central London.