Idle Free Palo Alto

What is "anti-idling" or idle free?

The City of Palo Alto passed an anti-idling ordinance requiring drivers to shut off their engines after two or three minutes if they are not in active traffic. Enforcement of the ordinance is centered on community education about the health and environmental impacts caused by vehicle idling.

View the Anti-Idling Ordinance

What are the benefits to being idle free?

Idling causes pollution

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The City of Palo Alto has set a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emission by 80% by 2030 from a baseline established in 1990. We are more than halfway there, and reducing unnecessary idling will help to meet this emissions reduction goal.

Idling can worsen asthma

Improve breathing conditions and reduce the risk of respiratory illnesses. Pollution from engine emissions can worsen pulmonary diseases, including asthma, lung cancer, bronchitis, acute respiratory infections, and emphysema.

Fumes from idling are toxic

Improve the quality of life in our community. Air pollution, noise, and odor are all side effects of idling engines.

Idling uses more gas - Gas Refill Station

Save money and gas. Turning off your engine after two minutes of idling actually saves gas and cuts down on emissions.

How do I participate?

It's simple. Whenever you are parked and waiting, turn off your engine. Help spread the word by talking to your neighbors and friends about being idle free. You can take the pledge to be idle free and share it with your friends on social media.

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