Travel and transport
Road transport is one of the biggest contributors to our carbon emissions here in Brent and creates problems with local air pollution.
The capital's air is constantly being monitored, so we can see where there are particular problems that need to be addressed (mapped: NO2 concentrations in Brent).
Air pollution kills nearly 10,000 Londoners every year. But what you might not know is that air pollution is 10 times worse inside your car.
Changing the way you travel to incorporate more walking, cycling and (where COVID-19 rules allow) public transport, is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment, improve your health and fitness, all while saving some cash.
A brisk daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise.Get help with planning walking routes here.
A study which looked at people’s travel habits found that nearly two out of three trips could be cycled or walked. There’s plenty of support on offer to get started and we’re working hard to make cycling easier and safer in Brent. Click the links below to find out more about:
- Free 1-1 cycle training (COVID-19 restrictions dependent)
- Cycle parking
- Try Before You Bike’ – free month-long bicycle trials with monthly payment plans if you enjoy the trial and choose to buy your bike
- Cycle routes
- Download the Citymapper app for help working out the quickest route from A to B using buses, tubes and trains.
- Find out more about greener bus routes here.
- Switch it off – engine idling (meaning having your engine on while stationary) contributes to local air pollution.
- When you are looking to change your car, consider an electric vehicle. The council is working with TfL and partner organisations to improve the electric vehicle charging infrastructure around the borough.