Try and e-bike, find out about electric vehicles

20 June 2018

On Clean Air Day, June 21, the Go Cycle team will be hosting an event in the town centre, giving local people the chance to trial an electric bike or cargo bike and to also find out more about electric vehicles.

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The team will be in the Ancient Market from 10am to 4pm on Thursday June 21 - pop by and find out more about sustainable travel options in the borough. The event will also include:

  • Information about electric vehicle charging points.
  • Example e-bikes to try
  • Free bike checks (Dr. Bike)
  • Free bike marking

On the same day the council will also be publishing it’s Annual Public Health Report focussing on the impact of poor air quality and the impact it has on our health.

Called ‘Clearing the Air’, the report outlines where Kingston’s air pollution comes from, the impact on health and the things we can all do to lessen the impact.

Air pollution is the biggest environmental cause of ill-health in the UK. In Kingston it is estimated to contribute to the equivalent of one in twenty deaths for people who live in the area.

Road traffic is the biggest source of pollution in the borough and people in cars are exposed to higher concentrations of air pollution than people who walk.

Research by Transport for London’s “Roads Task Force” a few years ago found that just over a third of journeys under 2km in London were made by car, and a little under a third between 2km and 5km.

The Mayor of London has recognised a shift is needed, declaring in his recently published Mayor's Transport Strategy 2018 that '80 percent of all trips in London to be made on foot, by cycle or using public transport by 2041'.

TfL is funding the borough to make changes designed to encourage sustainable travel that is both efficient and healthy.

Go Cycle, which has cross-party support, is creating a network of protected cycle lanes and, guided by TfL's 'Healthy Streets' campaign, making sure there are benefits for people on foot as well - including residents and visitors who shop and relax in the town centre.

Find out more about walking routes and cycling routes in the borough and information about e-bikes and electric vehicles, including case studies from local riders and drivers.

You also stay up to date with the Go Cycle programme here.