York gets ready for car-free day

The City of York Council together with the businesses in the area are organising a car-free day on September 22 to reduce traffic congestion in the city.

Through the initiative, people in York will be encouraged to choose other ways of getting around rather than in their cars.

Means of transport such as public buses and bicycles will be highlighted, as the council aims to show motorists cheaper, healthier and more environmentally friendly alternatives to using the car.

Bus firms First and Transdev will also offer free travel to those who register in advance. However, no plans to close roads in and around the city on the day have been revealed.

Damon Copperthwaite, assistant director for City Development and Transport for City of York Council, said: "York Car Free Day is about encouraging people who would usually drive into the city to try cycling, using buses or walking for the day.

"We recognise that private cars do have a place in modern life, but if people could reduce their car journeys and only use the car when it's absolutely necessary, York would be a cleaner, greener and heather city."

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