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i-Travel York on your doorstep

More than 6,000 homes in the Acomb and Poppleton areas of York will be able to benefit from free travel advice when a team of i-Travel York travel advisors continues one of the biggest door-to-door exercises undertaken in York.

Over 8,000 homes in the city have already benefitted from the personal travel planning scheme throughout 2013/14. During this time nearly 30,000 individual resource items and 6,000 personal travel challenges were issued to residents.

From Tuesday 19 May, i-Travel York advisers will be visiting households, beginning in Poppleton, to encourage even more residents to consider using more sustainable and active modes of transport including walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing.

As part of the exercise, advisers will provide information such as bus and cycle maps, and offer personal 'challenges' for individuals to try out a new form of sustainable transport.  Participants will also receive incentives such as a free All-York bus taster ticket, a pedometer or a bike health check to help them on their way.

Supported by the council's i-Travel York initiative, made possible by £4.6m million of government funding which the council successfully bid for in 2011, and was recently awarded a further £1 million from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund after the council was recognised as an exemplar of sustainable transport and delivery.

Households in this area will receive an introductory postcard shortly before their visit about the advisers identities, uniforms and what the free service involves. The team will also be available to provide travel advice and information at a wide range of community events across the city throughout the summer.

David Short, i-Travel Programme Manager, said “ We are delighted to be launching the Personalised Travel Planning Service in the Acomb and Poppleton areas.. The success of these programmes are well proven. Previous work has shown that of those people who take up the PTP services 27% increased their levels of walking, 27% have increased their level of cycling, 18% have increased their level of bus use and 24% have reduced their level of car use. The project helps reduce traffic congestion, improve the air quality and improves personal health and well being.

Find out more about who the i-Travel advisers are and about the scheme at www.itravelyork.info follow @iTravelYork or like www.facebook.com/itravelyork