Warwickshire County Council and Coventry City Council are running a competition to encourage residents to take part in Clean Air Day 2018. It is part of the ongoing “Choose How You Move” campaign, focusing on small changes we can all think about making to the way we travel, in order to help make a big difference to everyone in Coventry and Warwickshire.
Clean Air Day is happening on Thursday 21st June this year, and the two organisations are asking people to share a new animation and make their pledge about what they will be doing for the day. For example this could be taking public transport to work, walking the kids to school or switching off your engine when possible. Those making pledges will be entered into a competition to win a £100 cycle voucher- there’s one up for grabs on both Facebook and Twitter! The animation focuses on how making small changes can make a big difference; changing just one journey or part of your journey can have an impact.
Warwickshire County Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Health said: “We know the range of benefits travelling more actively has to our residents and the environment, and Clean Air Day is a great opportunity to highlight these! We are running this competition to get people to think about how they could reduce the trips they make by car and our lucky winners will be able to use their prize to do this even more. Last week saw the OVO Energy Women’s Tour come to our area, the week before we announced that Warwickshire is also hosting a stage of the men’s equivalent, the Tour of Britain and this summer we will be encouraging people to cycle to town. With cycling as recreation or means of travel gets more popular, this is a great chance to set yourself up with some kit.”
Coventry City Councillor, Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport added: “We want to raise more awareness of the impact of air pollution and what people can do to be more environmentally friendly and improve their health. Our work with partners will aim to encourage people to make better choices when it comes to travel with reminders of how pollution and air quality can affect people’s health. It can be difficult to fit physical activity into busy lives, so it is a challenge to all of us to think about the opportunities we have to build it into the routine things we do, like travelling to work, or thinking about how we get our children to school. Building physical activity into our daily lives is so important for keeping ourselves healthy and looking after our mental wellbeing.”
If you want to get involved, you can plan part or all of your new journey at – warwickshire.gov.uk/activetravel. Share the animation and make your pledge for Clean Air Day to be in with a chance of winning! We are also keen to hear from you – please tell us your story about how you made a change to travel more actively. We are particularly keen to hear your top tips; tweet @ChooseMoveCW #activetravel.
The animation can also be watched on YouTube.