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Travel2Campus project launches

City of York Council’s i-Travel York have launched an exciting new Travel2Campus campaign in partnership with the national sustainable travel charity Sustrans.

Travel2Campus aims to encourage the city’s students and staff in further and higher education to make healthier, cheaper and more enjoyable travel choices for their everyday journeys.

Advisors have been on hand at Freshers’ fairs throughout the city to give students who are new to York advice on travelling around the city. This will include free bike loans and try-outs, bus maps, travel route planning and guidance on safe travel in and around York

Cllr Ian Gillies, Executive member for Transport and Planning, said: “University and higher education can quite often be the first time young people have been away from home for an extended period of time. Therefore it is a great time to get into the habit of using York’s sustainable travel network, whether that is walking, cycling, public transport or car sharing.”

Alice Thatcher, Sustrans Project Officer for the Travel2Campus project said: ‘’We are delivering a series of exciting activities over the next 6 months to all students and staff of the universities and colleges. We will be running social walks and rides which showcase the best routes to campus and around the city, we will be running a series of travel safety campaigns including Light Up and Be Seen and Lock it or Lose it, and we will be skilling up students in bike maintenance and ride leading. It’s all free and available to all students in York! For more info, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook.’’ 

There will also be chance for students to volunteer to become a Travel2Campus Champion, where they will support with project delivery across York through attending events, social walks and rides. Ride Leader and Bike Maintenance training will be provided.

Travel2Campus will concentrate on York’s Higher and Further Education organisations, including the University of York, York St John University, York College and Askham Bryan College.

The campaign is funded by Local Sustainable Transport Fund money secured by the council’s i-Travel programme for use in 2015/16 and will be delivered by Sustrans.

You can follow the project on Facebook: Travel2Campus York and Twitter: @travel2campus or visit: www.itravelyork.info/Travel2Campus