[raw]For people who suffer from asthma or other respiratory ailments, bad air quality can mean the difference between a good day and a terrible one. In L.A. County, nearly a quarter of the population suffers from conditions that cause wheezing, shortness of breath or require them to rely on an inhaler to breath normally.
In an effort to combat poor air quality, this week the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion to increase carpooling, bicycling or the usage of public transportation.
Residents interested in activities and in opportunities to leave the car at home, can attend the Civic Center Clean Air and Rideshare Fair on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Grand Park in downtown, Los Angeles. It is part of a larger effort going on statewide from October 7-13 to improve public health and the environment by creating less pollution.
“The more cars that we remove from the road, the better the air quality,” said Eddie Washington, L.A. County Transportation Program Manager. “Cars are the biggest contributor to air pollution. We have an obligation to the community to spread the word about the negative effects of air pollution.”
Studies have shown that the more cars there are on our roads, the higher the rates of air pollution. Studies have shown that approximately 5,000 people die prematurely from air pollution annually in Southern California, while sustained reductions in exposure to air pollution can increase overall life expectancy.
According to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, by sharing a ride with someone or taking public transportation, commuters shave an average of 20 minutes off their journey. They also save money and reduce stress.
“It is imperative that we take care of the environment,” said Chairman Ridley-Thomas. “Not just for future generations but for us to live healthy lives.”
For more information, visit rideshare.lacounty.gov[/raw]