Blackened filters from cyclist’s face mask show air pollution in Canterbury


The effects of Canterbury’s “toxic air” are laid bare to see in blackened filters removed from a cyclist’s face mask.

Martin Baker wore the protective gear for two weeks on his daily commute from Sturry to the University of Creative Arts, where he works as a teaching assistant.

The 29-year-old, of Mill Road, says he was left stunned by the level of discolouration on the filters.

“I got a mask because I heard statistics about Canterbury’s air pollution being way above national guidelines, but I never expected it to be this bad,” he said. “What scares me is that these filters only catch the larger particles, but apparently it’s the smaller particles that do the most damage.”

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