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York commuters showcased in series of short videos

Thursday 21st February 2013

Walking, Cycling, Buses, Going to Work, Businesses, Park and Ride, Trains

iTravel York has launched a series of videos demonstrating the variety of sustainable travel options in and around the city.

In September, we found a number of volunteers who commute to York using different means of sustainable transport. They were then filmed going about their daily journeys to work, which showed a variety of ways to travel, including walking, cycling, and public transport. The videos are now available to view on YouTube and on this page. The videos tell the story of the individuals, including what motivates them, the health benefits they gain and how much time and money they save.

Cllr. Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, said “This is an exciting project using cutting edge technology and filming techniques to show people who live and/or work in York walking, cycling and using public transport for their daily commute. The vast majority of commuting journeys are up to five miles and are well within the range of walking for some and certainly cycling. Walking and cycling will not only help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution levels in the city but save you money and help get you fit”.

David Short, City of York Council's Travel Planning Co-ordinator, said “The aim of the video campaign is to demonstrate that there are realistic, sustainable alternatives to single occupancy car travel. Hopefully, the videos will inspire others to take up more sustainable travel options".

See the individual videos here:

  • Kathryn talks about her daily walk to work.
  • Melanie cycles along the dedicated off-road route from Selby to York.
  • Richard uses the Park & Ride service after driving from his home in East Yorkshire.
  • Rob carries his young daughter in her cycle trailer.
  • Trish drives to the nearest station from her home in West Yorkshire and commutes into York by train.