EDINBURGH COMMUTER CHALLENGE MARKS EUROPEAN MOBILITY WEEK

Photocall: Castle Street (where it meets Princes St), participants due to arrive approx 8.15am

As part of European Mobility Week 2006 events, a Commuter Challenge will take place during the morning rush hour on Friday 22nd September.

The event will compare commuter journeys in Edinburgh and show which journeys are fastest, cheapest and have least environmental impact, and prizes will be presented by Green Lothians MSP Robin Harper.

Mr Harper said, “This is a novel way of highlighting different modes of commuting. Edinburgh suffers more than its fair share of transport problems but I’m sure alot of those issues could be resolved or lessened if there were simply fewer cars on the roads. The trams must be fully funded and other projects such as the reopening of the south suburban railway must be given serious consideration if we are to tackle the pollution and congestion that blights the city centre.”

Participants will set off from each of four departure points around Edinburgh and travel by car, bus, train or bicycle to a central point at the foot of Castle Street. From each departure point, different modes of transport will be used, including mixed mode (e.g. bike plus train).

Journeys will be assessed on the basis of time of arrival, and all participants will have to follow the highway code and other regulations, so car drivers will have to observe the speed limit and park legally, public transport users will have to buy a ticket, and cyclists will only be allowed to use roads and recognised cycle routes)

The departure points will be:

  • Park and ride site at Ingliston and Newcraighall
  • Ocean Terminal
  • Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

Each starting point will have at least one car, one public transport user and one cyclist, and there may be multiple starters. Any participant can walk for part of the journey providing their vehicle has been legally parked. Cyclists can travel part of their journey by train or bus.

Background material on the lengths of journeys, the modes of transport used, the costs and the environmental impact will be made available.

Information stalls about Climate Change, the theme of European Mobility Week 2006 will be held in Castle Street during and after the Commuter Challenge.

The event is organised by TryCycling in Edinburgh for City of Edinburgh Council.

ENDS

Further information from Ian Maxwell on 07887 500 667 / 0131 669 6542 or imaxwell@gn.apc.org or Maggie Wynn on 0791 472 7018 / 332 3442 or Maggie@trycyclinginedinburgh.org.uk

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