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Vehicle Idling for More Than 10 Seconds Leads to Poor Air Quality

Released on Thursday, August 20, 2020
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The City of Fort Collins Environmental Services Department wants to remind community members of the benefits of reducing car idling. Many of us do not consider the financial, health and environmental impacts of idling our vehicles while waiting for curbside deliveries or at rail crossings. However, idling a vehicle for more than ten seconds uses more fuel and creates more harmful emissions than turning off and restarting your engine. Exhaust fumes contribute to ground level ozone and are linked to asthma, decreased lung function, cardiac disease, cancer and other serious health issues.

Community members play an important role in improving air quality in Fort Collins. Reduce idling by turning off your engine if you are waiting more than 30 seconds. This is especially important:

  • At rail crossings
  • While waiting for curbside pick-ups and deliveries
  • In drive-thru lanes
  • In your neighborhood
  • In school drop-off zones

Learn more benefits and tips for idling reduction and take the anti-idling pledge at: