To help mark a national day of action promoting clean air and sustainable transport Croydon Council is organising a range of special initiatives.
Ahead of National Clean Air Day on Thursday 20 June school children were given the chance to enter a competition designing a poster for a banner promoting the day and clean air messages. Six winners were chosen from more than 50 entries.
There were two winners from Croydon High Junior School, two from Ridgeway Primary School and two from Howard Primary School. Croydon High Junior School was the overall winner and received a cash prize towards books for the school library.
The winners were presented with a FitBit by councillor Stuart King, cabinet lead for environment and transport at a town-centre Play Street on Sunday, 16 June.
The free-to-attend event was organised by Croydon Council ahead of Clean Air Day and featured street art and interactive games to teach children about air pollution, free bike checks and a chance to make a healthy drink using a smoothie bike.
Approximately 1,500 pupils have pledged to use active modes of travel by walking, cycling, scooting, catching the bus.
The day itself will also feature an air quality walk, hosted by the London Sustainability Exchange. The event will feature a talk on air quality in Croydon and a chance to see new pollution monitoring technology. To register to attend email firstname.lastname@example.org
“World Clean Air Day is a fantastic initiative. The day is a global call to action but anyone can take positive steps whenever they want.
“We’re working hard to improve air quality across Croydon with a host of initiatives including the well-received School Streets schemes across the borough.”
Councillor Stuart King, cabinet for environment and transport
Council officers will be carrying out anti-idling patrols across the borough in the week leading up to the event.