Planning to walk or cycle to work, school, run errands, or just for fun? Biking and walking are the most sustainable forms of transportation and the ultimate zero-emission vehicles! Did you know that transportation accounts for two-thirds of smog forming pollutants in the Greater Golden Horseshoe?
By choosing to bike or walk you are contributing to a larger effort to improve the Greater Golden Horseshoe’s air quality. Biking and walking reduces the number of trips taken by polluting single occupancy vehicles. Reducing air pollution makes for healthier, more pleasant communities. Healthy air puts less of a strain on our medical system by reducing the prevalence of lung diseases and asthma in our growing population.
Poor air quality can affect your health in different ways. Health impacts of smog can include:
- eye, nose and throat irritation
- coughing and wheezing
- increased allergy attacks
- an increase in and a worsening of asthma attacks
- breathing difficulty
- reduced lung capacity
- lowered resistance to infections
- increased heart and lung conditions
- premature death
Not only are biking and walking great forms of exercise, they reduce your personal carbon footprint and improve the Region of Peel’s air quality. To see the daily effects of driving on our air quality check the Clean Air Peel website for the daily Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) and the Ultraviolet Index. (Please note, for the AQHI rating for Caledon, check under Newmarket).