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Tenzing adds air quality ratings to cycle tracker app

Tenzing Natural Energy, the drinks brand, has added air quality ratings to its cycle tracker smartphone app to help Londoners plan the cleanest routes.

The free Tenzing Clean Air Tracker‘ app syncs with GPS fitness tracking app STRAVA and uses real-time air quality data​, provided by King’s College London, to give users a live Air Quality Score for their route.

The score automatically appears on the user’s STRAVA profile, allowing them to optimise their route and ​potentially cut pollution exposure by up to 50%​.  

The tracker also suggests alternative clean-air cycle routes for popular commuter journeys around London.

The Clean Air Tracker launched last summer and over 125,000 runs have been logged, with 42% (53,000 runs) since lockdown began on March 23, 2020.

Andrew Grieve, senior air quality analyst, King’s College London, said: “I’d encourage everyone to use this tool to find the quietest and lowest pollution routes for their commute, whether you’re running, walking or cycling.

“Cycling is a fantastic zero-emission way to get around the city.

“We have a window of opportunity now to reconfigure our cities to be friendlier for walking and cycling.”

The launch of the new functionality for the app comes at a time when the Mayor of London is in discussion with cycling commissioner, Will Norman, to create a ‘bike tube network’ (routes in abandoned London underground tune tunnels) as part of the government’s £2 billion investment plan for greener travel.

Tenzing is hoping it's tracker can help lead people to locations that have better air quality.

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