Pima County encourages community to drive less to improve air quality

Pima County encourages community to drive less for the environment

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Pima County is encouraging the community to drive less to improve our air.

“Even though you can’t see the pollution coming out of the tailpipe, it’s there. It’s a big contributor to the air pollution we see in our community,” said Beth Gorman, the senior manager of the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality.

There are days when Tucson’s air quality dips into the moderate and even unhealthy range, but Gorman said the air quality is generally good overall. The purpose of the “Healthy Air Is in Our Hands” campaign is to make it even better.

“One of the best things we can do is take our bikes out. There’s no pollution associated whatsoever with riding your bike. You get great exercise and get to immerse yourself in your environment,” she said.

To help inspire bike riding, the county is encouraging people to go on a cycling tour of Tucson’s murals.

“It’s a great way to see the vibrant diversity and culture in our community,” Lane Mandle, the Tucson City Manager Chief of Staff.

The city has a map with the locations of 25 murals downtown that people can use to help plan out their cycling tour.

“By driving a little bit less, if it’s done by enough people, it will make a big difference in the quality of the air that all of us breathes,” Gorman said.

She said you can reduce air pollution by more than 1,100 pounds a year by taking a “no-drive” day each week. Sign up for the pledge, here.

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