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In response to growing public concern about increasing air pollution, 120 councils throughout the UK, organisations...
In response to growing public concern about increasing air pollution, 120 councils throughout the UK, organisations including Friends of the Earth and the AA, public transport organisations, Transport 2000, the National Asthma Campaign, the local authority associations and the government have united to call on people to leave their cars at home throughout June.

'Walk, cycle, and use public transport throughout June and help decongest Britain,' is the message of the Don't Choke Britain campaign.

The campaign, which is coordinated by the Association of Metropolitan Authorities, will be launched on 31 May by transport secretary George Young and health minister Baroness Cumberledge. Events include:

-- 'Car free' days in Bath, Newcastle, Worcester, Winchester and Taunton

-- National Bike Week, 1-9 June and National Bike to Work Day 5 June

-- National Walk to School Week 10-14 June

-- A lobby of parliament, 19 June

-- Green Transport Week, 8-16 June

-- 'Curb the Car' day 30 June

Supporters include celebrities Ben Elton and Spike Milligan.

'It is easier and quicker to get around in the city on foot. You'll find me walking past London traffic jams. I support Don't Choke Britain campaign as someone who is very concerned about air quality in Britain,' said Ben Elton.

AMA public transport committee chair Mark Dowd said: 'Don't Choke Britain is the most wide-ranging transport campaign to help people in Britain to breathe easier.

'The support we are getting shows how many organisation recognise the need to encourage people to cut pollution by using cleaner modes of transport,' cllr Dowd said.

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