Hundreds of residents and workers flocked to Lyric Square on Monday 12 June as Hammersmith & Fulham Council held its first ever ‘Eco Fair’.
The event is a showcase of the administration’s various initiatives to reduce air pollution and flooding, increase biodiversity and improve green transport infrastructure.
It was also the official launch of Bluecity, London’s first electric car club. And as a major incentive to help people take up the scheme, H&F Council negotiated a deal with Bluecity to give a year’s free membership to anyone who lives or works in the borough.
Clean the air, reduce congestion
“Last Thursday was National Clean Air Day so it was apt that we began the week with Hammersmith & Fulham’s first ever Eco Fair,” said Cllr Stephen Cowan, H&F Council Leader.
“Along with all the other things we’re doing to make us the greenest borough in the country, we launched Britain’s first ever electric car club for our residents.
“We’re offering our residents a new travel option that will help clean the air, reduce congestion, and is great fun to drive. Imagine we’re we could be in just five years if electric car club schemes take off across the country.
“We’re pioneering this because it’s positive for our environment and for our residents and businesses. We currently have 100 charging points here, which is much more than any other council in the country.
“When you consider what a small land mass Hammersmith & Fulham is, that’s quite a feat. We will have nearly 200 charging bays by the end of the year and will continue to push this project.”
All the cars in the Bluecity scheme run on electricity and have zero exhaust emissions. Residents can pick up a car and leave it at any compatible charging point.
In the week before our Eco Fair, more than 150 people subscribed to Bluecity.
If you live or work in H&F you can subscribe online and use the code ‘EARLYBIRD’.
The deal entitles you to a year’s free membership (usually £5 per month) and 20 hours of driving (usually 17p per minute – minimum charge of £3.40).
Users can reserve a vehicle 30-minutes in advance and can leave it in any compatible charging bay in the 17 London boroughs who are signed up to Source London.
To subscribe, you’ll need to provide your driving licence and proof of address, or copies of these documents.
Eco Fair attractions
Stalls were hosted by groups that have worked alongside the council on key green projects, as well as other wildlife and environmental groups.
Visitors could get information on how to save energy round the home, what they can and can’t recycle and even meet and chat with our new Street Czar.
To find out more about our past and future green initiatives visit the webpage.
Press coverage of the launch
- BBC Radio 4: You and Yours
- London Live: West Londoners given a flavour of the automotive future
- The Guardian: Should you join the charge and buy an electric car?
- Autovolt: Bolloré’s Bluecity electric car sharing launched in Hammersmith & Fulham
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