I’m a reader in respiratory medicine at Imperial College London and work as a consultant chest physician at the Royal Brompton Hospital in West London. I also specialise in smoking related lung disease - chronic bronchitis and emphysema. I’m also the Medical Director of the British Lung Foundation so I’m interested in lung health and
air quality more broadly.
I travel by a mixture of cycling and the underground depending on what I’m doing for work on a particular
day. We have a car but rarely use it except for trips out
of London. I try to take the train as much as possible.
I was pleased to discover that the air quality indoors where I work is pretty good which is reassuring since it’s a hospital!
My exposure varies quite a bit while I’m cycling, so thinking about the route I take will make a difference. I’ll will now consider the best routes to take cycling to and from work.
Overall Nick had
one of the lowest exposures to air pollution because he frequently walks and cycles on back routes.
It’s also nice to know that even though I have to breathe in polluted air at least I’m not contributing to it by driving.
The Ultra-Low Emission Zone is an important
step to improve air quality but we need to move
much more quickly to replace polluting vehicles
on our roads.
Air pollution is everywhere and we all need to think about what we can to reduce our contribution to it.
"It’s also nice to know that even though I have to breathe in polluted air at least I’m not contributing to it by driving."
When cycling, Nick was exposed to an average of 160 ug/m3 minute whereas taking the tube, it was an average of 850 ug/m3 minute which is more than five times the amount.