A People-friendly City Centre

In March 2019 a Green Party motion committed City of York to working towards zero emissions by 2030, passed with cross party support and almost every councillor. In Dec 2019 a motion calling for York to work towards becoming a largely car free city centre by 2023 was passed with the support of Green Party councillors. In response to the urgent need to support businesses and provide space for people to ‘social distance’ the footstreet area has been extended in terms of the streets and the hours of operation (as a trial up until December) This means that several footstreets now extend as far as the ‘inner ring road’ and streets such as Fossgate and Castlegate will become largely car free during the day. Plans are also underway to widen pavements on parts of Micklegate to benefit the businesses. We recognize this  impacts on access for Blue Badge holders, with a taxi shuttle and extra parking spaces being created. In the longer term we would like to see an electric vehicle providing access around all the footstreets for those with mobility needs rather than forcing them to drive through narrow streets full of pedestrians. Anti terror barriers have already been installed in some places and a better plan would help to create people friendly streets while also allowing for deliveries and servicing.  

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