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Hammersmith hosts clean air street party to tackle rise in emissions

A clean air street party will take place in Hammersmith on Sunday to celebrate green alternatives and reducing emissions.

The event organised by Hammersmith & Fulham Council is running from 11am to 4pm on King Road between Hammersmith Gyratory and Bridge Avenue.

Green transport alternatives

Following on from World Car Free Day in September, the clean air street party will be a chance to discover car free alternatives in the area.

In recent years the council has invested in cycling infrastructure and continues to expand the borough’s protected cycle network.

Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Ecology, Wesley Harcourt invited people to find out more about renting electric scooters, bikes and cargo bikes and the new commuter Cycle Hub set to open in Hammersmith Broadway.

He said: “Our fantastic public transport links and cycle lanes, specifically our new Safer Cycle Pathway, signal a new era for transport in H&F as we work to clean our filthy air.”

Guided bike ride

To celebrate the new Safer Cycle Pathway, there will be two guided bike rides for families running at 12pm and 3pm.

The bike ride is an opportunity for cyclists of all ages and abilities to explore the new pathway in a fun and safe environment.

E-bike and e-scooter training will also be on offer at the street party and local e-mobility providers TIER, Dott, Lime and Human Forest will all have their scooters on display.

The emphasis on green transport comes following a spike in toxic emissions in the borough as drivers have returned to the roads after the pandemic.

The council’s air quality report of 2022 showed that levels of nitrogen oxide in the Hammersmith and Fulham borough exceeded the national annual limits of 40 µg/m3 last year.

Zero emissions arts market

A zero emissions arts market is planned to take place in Lyric Square to celebrate the clean air street party.

All goods at the stalls will be delivered using Hammersmith’s zero-emissions delivery service and a variety of art, jewellery and clothes made in the borough will be sold at the market.

There will also be live music and activities for children such as face painting and a circus workshop.

Flo Taylor and Daniel Rivers will be performing an array of music from opera to jazz in Lyric Square at 2pm.

Road diversions

In true car free fashion, King Street will be closed to motor vehicles between 7am and 6pm on Sunday.

Bus routes including the 27, 190, 266, 267, 391, H91, N9 and N11 will be diverted via Shepherds Bush Road and Goldhawk Road.

Featured Image Credit: Peter McDermott via Wikimedia Commons under CC BY-SA 2.0

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