Air Quality Management District's summer 'Spare the Air' season begins

But authority decides against any free public transit rides this year

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District's summer "Spare the Air" season has started.

For the past 20 years, the air district has been declaring "Spare the Air" days when weather conditions and pollution levels combine to create high levels of ground-level ozone or smog, which can cause throat irritation, congestion and chest pain.

The smog can also trigger asthma, inflame the lining of the lungs and worsen bronchitis and emphysema, according to the air district.

On Spare the Air days, people are encouraged to take public transportation, work from home, or bike to carpool to work. Using electric-powered lawn and garden tools and linking errands to reduce driving can also help reduce pollution.

Last year, air quality reached unhealthy levels twice in April and the air district launched its Spare the Air season on May 11, air district spokeswoman Kristine Roselius said.

This year, the district decided to kick off the season more than a week earlier, in part to have the beginning of the smog season coincide with the start of national Air Quality Awareness week, Roselius said.

The air district encourages people to drive less year-round, but particularly on Spare the Air days.

"Tailpipe exhaust from the 3 to 4 million vehicles on our roads each day remains the largest source of smog in the Bay Area," said Jack Broadbent, executive director of the air district. "To reduce the health impacts from smog, we all need to think differently about how we use our cars as part of our daily routine."

Roselius said surveys have shown that Bay Area residents have been making efforts to drive less on Spare the Air days.

There will be no free transit on Spare the Air days this year, she said.

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Posted by Stephen
a resident of Castlewood
on May 5, 2010 at 11:05 am

kudos to air district for having the "Spare the Air" days. People will be reminded about the importance and ways to keep the air pollution level in check. Similar effort should also be started in other parts of the country.

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on May 6, 2010 at 8:51 am

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Spare me the hot air. More control over our daily activities by our all powereful govt appt agencies and their cronies and willing idiots.

I'm BBQ'ing this weekend, going on a long drive in my SUV and working in my yard with gas powered tools, just to drive the liberal enviro-wackos crazy, along with theri sympthisers in the local govt.

Have a nice, guilt-free weekend

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