York to host second Car Free Day

York-residents are being encouraged to travel without their vehicles for a day, as part of the city's second Car Free Day initiative.

The event, to be held on September 29, is being conducted with the hope that more residents will leave their cars at home and either walk, bike, or catch a bus instead.

Organised by City of York Council and York & Ryedale Friends of the Earth, the event will witness local bus operators offering limited numbers of free bus tickets on their websites to attract more participation.

Richard Wood, assistant director for City of York Council, said: "The idea is to show motorists that there are cheaper, easier, more environmentally friendly and healthier alternatives to using the car.

"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 healthier city.

"And, rather ironically, it would also mean that essential car journeys would be even quicker because of decreased congestion levels."

Traders in the Micklegate and Fossgate areas will be offering street entertainment and food stalls along with special offers for shoppers.

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