In this issue of Air Aware you'll find stories on recent air quality data, Bike Month and more.
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Yolo-Solano is on a good air quality streak

March and April typically feature the best air quality of the year in Yolo-Solano. As the winter lifts, residents burn less fire wood, producing less harmful particulate pollution. But the days aren’t usually hot enough to foster high levels of ground-level ozone, which requires sunshine to form. The early spring is the annual sweet spot for low air pollution levels locally.
March certainly lived up to its billing: Yolo-Solano residents saw 31 days in the good range of the Air Quality Index (AQI), and no days in the moderate or unhealthy ranges.

The good and moderate ranges are within federal health standards for air quality. In 2013, Yolo-Solano saw only five days that did not meet those health standards.
The best ways to protect local air quality are to drive less and refrain from burning wood. Cars and trucks produce about 70 percent of pollutants that form ozone. Wood smoke is a major component of winter particulate pollution. The District regulates all industrial and commercial stationary sources of air pollution.

To learn more about the Air Quality Index, see our FAQs.

Board to hear updates on Truck Rule, bike share

The next meeting of the Yolo-Solano AQMD Board of Directors is April 9 at 9 a.m. in Davis. The agenda includes items on the state Truck and Bus Rule, the Sacramento regional bike share program, emissions impacts from a flood prevention project on the Sacramento River and a review of the 2013-14 particulate matter season.
The full agenda and memos will be posted to the District’s website.

Get in Gear for Bike Month

It’s time to dust off your bikes and join your neighbors and co-workers in bicycling for work, school, shopping or recreation this May during the Sacramento region’s annual May is Bike Month campaign. This is the tenth year that volunteers, public agencies, businesses, and bicycling enthusiasts will partner to promote bicycling for all types of trips.
In addition to the health benefits of bicycling, you can also pedal to avoid traffic congestion from construction from projects like Fix 50, beat rising gas prices, help reduce air pollution and enjoy the beautiful May weather.
Participate by pledging miles at Ride your bike to work, school, shopping, dining or for recreation. Challenge your friends to a mileage contest on Facebook or by email.  Or challenge yourself to ditch your car and ride your bicycle to all your destinations. Like May is Bike Month on Facebook to find out about events, post photos and receive bike-related updates.

Clean Air Calendar contest begins May 1

Yolo-Solano AQMD will begin accepting entries for the 2015 Clean Air Calendar Contest on May 1. K-12 students in Yolo County and the school districts serving Vacaville, Dixon and Rio Vista are invited to submit artwork on the theme of clean air for potential inclusion in the District’s poster calendar for 2015.
Rules and entry forms will be available at District staff is also available for in-class presentations on air quality.

Is your business bike-friendly?

Cross-posted from the Yolo-Solano Go Clean blog.
Yolo-Solano Go Clean is teaming up with the City of Davis in its efforts to get more local companies recognized as Bicycle-Friendly Businesses by the League of American Bicyclists.
The League offers designations to businesses meeting certain criteria in several categories, and we know a bunch of local companies qualify. It’s just a matter of filling out the application. That’s where the City of Davis and its partners come in. We’re all working to get the word out about the program and boost the number of local bicycle-friendly businesses. Now is a great time: May Is Bike Month is right around the corner, and the application deadline for the 2014 campaign is June 12, 2014.
See the City’s bike-friendly business outreach page for more info.

Reserve your seats for the 2014 Clean Air Awards

Join Yolo-Solano AQMD and air quality advocates from throughout the Sacramento region as we celebrate local groups and individuals making a real difference at the 2014 Clean Air Awards Luncheon presented by Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Hills.
The luncheon is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on May 28 at Sacramento State. Individual tickets are $40 and tables seating 10 can be reserved for $400. Please reserve tickets online.
Yolo County will be well-represented among the Clean Air Award winners. Cool Davis, a sustainability advocacy non-profit, will receive the Leadership Award. Maria Contreras Tebbutt, who leads the grassroots Woodland Bike Campaign, will also receive the Leadership Award.
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