Active Travel Pledges

Updated: Aug 12, 2021

Blog by Taylor

Sustainable Merton Community Champion & Air Quality Team Leader

We’ve all probably heard the term “active travel”, but what does that actually mean? Simply put, it refers to making journeys by walking or cycling. By incorporating active travel into our daily lives we can save money, improve local air quality, reduce traffic, and get the recommended daily amount of exercise without eating into our increasingly limited free time.

Here are some pledges you can take to #BreatheCleanerAir - a simple way to feel good while doing something good for the planet. It's a win-win!

1) Ditch the drive

According to a study commissioned by Sustrans, 68% of UK trips undertaken are under 5 miles and 19% of trips are less than 1 mile. Many of these trips are done via car and in traffic, resulting in considerable amounts of air pollution. Consider replacing one drive a week with walking, cycling, or taking public transit. You’ll not only save money on petrol and keep fit, but will get to better know your community and improve your mental wellbeing.

Fun fact... Merton is the only borough in London to be served by trains, trams, the Underground, and buses.

Upgrade the school run

In the UK, a staggering 86% of children are breathing dangerous levels of toxic air. The British Lung Foundation notes that children are more vulnerable to polluted air due to smaller, still developing airways and breathing