York Green Party

Greens hail support for Park and Bike scheme

15 April 2013

Andy D'Agorne and representatives of local businesses at the Park and Pedal launch

Fishergate Councillor Andy D'Agorne is celebrating this week's launch of an innovative Park and Bike scheme. The scheme is being promoted to employees of TSYS and other companies based on Hospital Fields Rd to ease parking problems. Residents in nearby Maple Grove had been troubled by parking difficulties in their street, and a weekday residents' parking scheme is now in place there. But Andy D'Agorne, responding to an approach from one of York's cycle trainers, is keen to work further with local businesses to encourage more staff use of the Designer Outlet park and ride. As Andy explained, "TSYS already do a lot to encourage green travel, including free park and ride use by their staff. Offering the park and cycle option gives staff the choice of cycling or using the bus for the last few miles, depending on the weather".

The package, due to be officially launched this Wednesday, includes facilities which Councillor D'Agorne suggested to the Designer Outlet management team - cycle lockers and shopping discounts for scheme participants who work for the businesses involved. For staff who are nervous about venturing onto the A19 through Fulford on a bike there will be qualified 'bike buddies' available to help build their confidence and understand how to ride safely in traffic.

"I'm sure this idea will catch on, boosting workers' fitness, as well as helping to cut peak time traffic queues in York," said Cllr D'Agorne. "Let's hope we get a much better summer than last year, making the cycling experience even more enjoyable".

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