The Commuter Newsletter September 2021

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The Commuter Newsletter
September 2021

This September, many of us are returning to the office after more than a year of working from home. This is a great opportunity to shake up your daily commute. Could your journey to work be more sustainable, healthier or cheaper? Keep reading for the latest offers and support available for commuters in Leeds. 

First Bus special offer: £1 evening bus fare

Working the night shift? You can now take advantage of the First Bus £1 evening fare, valid for any single journey after 7pm. The discount is available on the First Bus App - just click on the Promotions tab to buy.

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Community car sharing platform launches in Leeds

The peer-to-peer car sharing platform, Karshare, has launched in Leeds. If you don't have access to a vehicle, Karshare lets you to borrow a car from your community when you need one, including to travel for work.

The first five car owners with an eligible vehicle to sign up to Karshare will receive free keyless technology installation. To find out more visit

Webinar: E-Cargo Bike Grant Fund in action

Join us on Tuesday 5 October at 2pm to learn about the benefits of electric vehicles and the funding available for e-cargo bikes. Register now.

E-cargo bikes are perfect for sustainable local deliveries and transporting cargo around Leeds. To loan an e-cargo bike and discover the benefits of using zero emissions vehicles for yourself, apply now.

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Councillor Hayden trials an e-cargo bike

FlexiBus: On demand bus service in east Leeds

FlexiBus East Leeds is West Yorkshire’s first demand responsive trial for public transport. Launching on Monday 27 September, it's a pre-bookable service that connects people to local places within the east Leeds area.

For more information visit

UK’s first solar powered Park & Ride is now open

Stourton Park & Ride has officially opened. Located at Junction 7 on the M621, the new solar powered park and ride is served by zero-emission electric buses. The site has capacity for 1,200 vehicles including 26 electric car charging points and secure cycle storage.

Buses run every 10 minutes along dedicated bus lanes taking just 15 minutes to travel to Leeds city centre. 

Stourton Park & Ride

Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, Transport Minister Rachel Maclean MP and Councillor Helen Hayden at the official opening of Stourton Park & Ride

Case Study: Introducing Tamzin

Crust & Crumb is a popular café in Chapel Allerton. The employees are encouraged to get to work using active modes of transport.

Tamzin works at Crust & Crumb and walks there every morning. She has a car but prefers to walk to work because she enjoys the fresh air and exercise. At the end of a busy day at work, her walk home relaxes her.

Could you walk to work? Visit to help us move towards healthier, greener travel in Leeds.

Want to become a walk-friendly organisation? Click here for training and support.

Walk It Ride It - Tamzin

Walk It Ride It - Tamzin's Story

New cycle route connects Elland Road Park & Ride to Leeds city centre

Footballer Patrick Bamford attended the official opening of the new Elland Road cycle route, with pupils from Saint Luke's CofE Primary School in Beeston.

The 1.5km segregated cycle lane runs from Elland Road Park & Ride to Leeds city centre. As a result, cycling to work will be safer and more enjoyable.

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Patrick Bamford cuts the ribbon for the Elland Road cycle route

Travel to Work Survey 2021

The Travel to Work Survey 2021 opens in November. The survey collects valuable data about commuting trends and informs future transport investment decisions.

If your organisation has a travel plan relating to planning permission, you will need to take part. To get involved, please email

About us

The Influencing Travel Behaviour team is part of Connecting Leeds, focusing on encouraging safe, sustainable and active travel. We support organisations, businesses and schools to develop and implement travel plans. If you need help creating a travel plan, please email