Ride to Work Week starts in York on Monday

City of York Council is encouraging people across the city to ‘Ride to Work’ next week (12-18 March) as part of a national campaign to encourage cycling as part of the daily commute.

The campaign aims to get more people incorporating cycling into their lives, helping to keep them fit and healthy, reducing congestion and improving air quality.

By signing up to the national Love to Ride UK initiative, which runs Ride to Work Week, people can enter a monthly prize draw to win great prizes including a £500 city break or bike shop vouchers. Visit www.lovetoride.net/york for more information.

Tracey Carter, who works for City of York Council, regularly cycles to work. She said: “Cycling to work is an easy way to keep fit and active, especially as I spend my working day in meetings or sitting at a desk. It’s quicker and more enjoyable than bus or car and easy to plan exactly how long my journey will take, because I know I won’t get stuck in traffic. I arrive feeling energised and it really does help to clear my head at the end of a busy day – even when it rains!”

Councillor Ian Gillies, Executive Member for Finance, Planning, Transport and Planning is Cllr Ian Gillies, said: “We all know that moving more is key to staying healthy whatever our age. Cycling to and from work or school is a great way to incorporate exercise into our hectic lives, while at the same time reducing congestion and improving air quality.”

The Ride to Work Week campaign is just one of a number of initiatives in York to encourage people to make ‘easy travel swaps’, walking or cycling where possible, rather than making all their journeys by car.

More information about cycling and walking in York is available at www.itravelyork.info/

City of York Council can also offer support and advice to businesses to encourage their staff to make sustainable travel choices. Visit www.itravelyork.info/for-business/ for more information.

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