Thursday 21 June will mark the second ever National Clean Air Day, raising the awareness of the need for cleaner air. Air pollution increases the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and asthma attacks and has been linked to other diseases including dementia. Many people are unaware of what causes air pollution, what effect it has on the body or how they can contribute to clean air.
Clean Air Day aims to provide everyone with information and inspiration to improve air quality in and outside of their home.
In a month where the council has actively been promoting Active travel, Tuesday 26 June will see Barnsley’s largest contribution to the awareness as a joint project with West Meadows Primary School in Hoyland.
There will be a temporary road closure in place on West Street, the road providing entrance to the school, between 8.15am and 9.15am and again at 2.30pm to 3.30pm to highlight the contribution of the school drop off and pick up times on air quality and to encourage children and parents to consider Active Travel alternatives such as riding a bike, scooter, or walking to school.
The temporary road closure aims to make the school run more enjoyable for everyone involved, reducing pollution and congestion, giving children a place to play. Stars South Yorkshire will be encouraging active travel with a free breakfast for each child that travels to school actively. There will also be a themed led walk to school organised along with various cycling activities due to take place on the closed road. The councils road safety team will also be speaking about safe overtaking of cyclists as well as some street stencilling and Clean Air Day arts and Crafts.
Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said “We want to create a cleaner, healthier Barnsley for everyone to enjoy.
“By closing the road, we hope to see children and parents doing their bit to make Barnsley’s air cleaner. Moving forward, we want people to see both the health and environmental benefits and for residents to consider making Active Travel the everyday way to travel to and from school. It’s a small change that people can make to increase their fitness and the air quality in their community.”
Barnsley Council has been continuing to promote Active Travel schemes throughout June by signposting people to the Cycle Hub, electric bike scheme, Active 10 campaign, and the Walk Well programme with information available at https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/tourism-sports-and-leisure/cycling/active-travel/
More information about #CleanAirDay can be found at www.cleanairday.org.uk/