Published Thursday, 13th September 2018

As part of a month-long programme of activities planned to mark Sustainable September, workplaces in York are trying to encourage their employees to catch the bus to work, rather than use their cars.

City of York Council’s iTravel team has invited a number of businesses and organisations to take part in the Sustainable September Bus Challenge. During the course of the month, each workplace will carefully record every journey that its employees make by bus. The business or organisation with the highest proportion of its employees travelling by bus during Sustainable September will be crowned the Bus Challenge Champion, earning a commemorative plaque for its efforts.

The organisations taking part include  Monks Cross, Vangarde and Aviva. The iTravel team will be on hand to offer employees at the workplaces taking part in the challenge journey-planning advice and information to make it as quick and easy as possible for them to leave their cars at home and catch the bus instead.

Anne Sanderson, travel plan co-ordinator at Monks Cross, added: “Sustainability has been a big focus for us throughout 2018, so we are pleased to be of this initiative. We have a work force of more than 600 people at Monks Cross, so changing these habits will prove a challenge. This will form part of a long-term strategy for us here, and we hope to see customers taking up the challenge too.”

Councillor Peter Dew, City of York Council’s Executive Member for Transport and Planning, said: “The idea is to persuade people to leave the car at home and make one or more of their journeys by bus each week so that they can experience the benefits of sustainable travel. When you use the bus to commute to work, you can read, catch up with your emails, make phone calls or simply relax and watch the world go by.”

“It’s pleasing to see these organisations taking part and we’re eagerly awaiting the results to see which workplace will emerge victorious!”

To find out how you can get involved in Sustainable September, contact Alice Thatcher on 01904 553470 or email

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