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To: The Mayor of Bristol

Let Bristol Breathe Clean Air

We Won! 09/11/16

Following the Let Bristol Breathe campaign and the petition you and over 4000 people signed, Bristol City Council has voted unanimously to support a motion calling for urgent steps towards establishing a Clean Air Zone in Bristol.

Two of Bristol's MPs and the Mayor have also asked to discuss a Clean Air Zone for Bristol with government ministers.

These are just the first steps, but they are in the right direction.

We'll stay watching to make sure they stick to their promises. If we need your help again with this campaign, we'll be in touch.

Meanwhile, give yourself a pat on the back or raise a glass to clean and healthy air!

Thanks again,

Jane, Deb, Steve, Sandy and Clare

Let Bristol Breathe Clean Air

Take all steps towards reducing air pollution in Bristol to safe and legal limits

Why is this important?

Bristol’s air pollution is above legal and safe limits and urgently needs to be reduced.

Air pollution causes permanent lung damage in babies and young children and exacerbates lung and heart disease in older people, and particularly affects people living in the city centre and near busy roads. It leads to an estimated 300 premature deaths in Bristol each year. This compares to about 9 people a year killed in road traffic accidents in the city.

London and other cities are implementing Clean Air Zones. Bristol should not be left behind. The people of Bristol deserve healthy, clean air.

We call on the Mayor to take steps to implement a Clean Air Zone in the city, including measures to make the bus fleet less polluting, to discourage the most polluting motor traffic in the city centre and near schools, and to prioritise strong measures to promote walking, cycling and public transport.


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Reasons for signing

  • The "Clean Air Zone" should include the entire city. If I used public transport to get to work and take my 2 kids to school it would involve sitting on a bus for literally 6 hours per day AND a hefty fare. The chances of bagging one of the ridiculously limited pre-booked bike spaces on a morning train for the 3 of us is non-existent plus the fare each week would be extortionate. We need a green, affordable and well-connected public transport system and the rest should follow.
  • Been coughing blood every time I catch cold for years. One lung X-ray and a CT scan to follow. And I'm not the only one. Let's sue VW until they bleed!
  • I cycle most days and i sit behind large trucks, cars which are at a standstill most days due to poor infrastructure. All routes seem to go through the city centre! not enough is been done.!


2017-10-30 02:59:53 +0000

Petition is successful with 4,384 signatures

2016-11-09 09:33:00 +0000

Petition is successful with 4,172 signatures

2016-11-08 16:51:08 +0000

Seen the statues in Bristol today?

2016-11-03 22:39:19 +0000

Petition going brilliantly - thanks all and keep signing and sharing.
Great news that ClientEarth won legal case against the government on air quality - this should lead to Bristol being allowed to control private diesel vehicles in the city centre if we keep pushing.

2016-11-02 17:27:56 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2016-11-02 16:55:32 +0000

Wow! Five people signed our petition in the last 2 minutes...please keep sharing it.
A motion is now going to Bristol Council for debate on Tuesday 8th November. We'll be asking you to write to your councillors to ask them to support it, so look out for an email about this.

2016-10-31 15:47:54 +0000

500 signatures reached

2016-10-26 15:57:48 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-10-26 11:37:44 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-10-26 10:11:12 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-10-25 20:14:33 +0100

10 signatures reached