Active and sustainable travel
Active and sustainable travel means making journeys by healthier, more environmentally-friendly modes, such as walking, cycling, or public transport.
The best action we can take to reduce air pollution and improve our physical and mental health is to get active and leave our car at home.
If your journey is less than a mile, try walking or cycling. As a pedestrian or cyclist your exposure to air pollution may be up to nine times less than as a car driver. If you use quieter roads the air pollution levels are potentially 20% less than on a busy road. Visit West Sussex County Council's website for more information.
If your journey is more than a mile then try the bus or train, or joining a car sharing scheme or car club. Combine this with 10 minutes of exercise a day by walking or cycling to the bus or train station or car meeting place, and you can improve your physical and mental health too. Visit the West Sussex County Council's Travelwise web page for more information.
Our Getting more active pages will give you ideas on how to get more active.
How to help improve air quality if you do need to drive
- Driving - Try to be a less polluting driver and reduce your air pollution contribution. Remember to accelerate gently, keep to speed limits, and check your tyre pressures are correct - save money, save fuel, save the environment! If you can avoid driving in the morning and evening rush hours this will help to reduce congestion, collisions, and air pollution too.
- No-idling - Switch off the engine whenever you are stationary and it is safe to do so. You'll reduce air pollution and make the air cleaner for you in your car, other drivers behind you, pedestrians and cyclists. Visit #noidling campaign for more information.
- Low emission vehicles - More than 80,000 people bought low polluting vehicles in 2016. Consider trying out an electric vehicle. Visit the West Sussex County Council's Travelwise web page for more information on electric vehicle charging points. If you do need to use petrol or diesel cars, look for the least polluting models as the exhaust emissions vary enormously.
- Couriers - Do you have personal parcels delivered to work? And then have to carry them home? Delivery companies have thousands of pick-up points in shops, and lockers in train stations and libraries across the UK. Check their websites for your local pick-up points to help reduce courier miles, reduce air pollution, and save you carrying parcels too far. Consider grouping your orders together for one delivery.
To find out more about air quality, visit the Air quality page on this website.