Action on Air Pollution and Traffic Congestion

The Canterbury Society is very concerned about the poor quality of the air in our city.  We are supporting Professor Stephen Peckham’s initiative to assess air quality in the city and have taken part with other volunteers in monitoring the air in St Dunstan’s Street.  We are now discussing an initiative to encourage ‘modal shift’, that is to change travel patterns in the city in order to reduce both traffic congestion and air pollution.

We are also planning an initiative focused on the level crossings.  The aim is to ask drivers of cars waiting at the crossings to turn off their engines.   We are grateful to those who have already volunteered to help us and would be interested to hear from anyone else who would like to volunteer.  It would just be a matter of spending an hour or so handing out leaflets to drivers when the level crossing gates are down.  If you would like to help please contact: or

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  1. I recently moved to Canterbury from Cambridge, and I was quite appalled to find out that traffic here is every bit as bad as it is in Cambridge. For such tiny cities, I find this completely ridiculous. I live close to the Canterbury hospital, and I work on the University of Kent campus. I am basically as far from my workplace as I can be without leaving town, and it takes me less than 15 minutes to cycle to work. I tried driving and it never took me less than 20 minutes, because three-quarters of the time I was stuck in traffic. A good cycling infrastructure (and gentle pressure to cycle more) would solve congestion and traffic problems in one go. I understand there are a few hills, but modern bicycles with >20 different gear ratios make the problem purely psychological. I want to iterate: from most places it takes 10 minutes to cross Canterbury on a bike. The problem is predominantly cultural, and that can be solved…

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