The Commuter Newsletter October 2022

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The Commuter Newsletter: October 2022

Going into Leeds for Light Night?

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If you’re planning to go into the city centre on Thursday 13 or Friday 14 October to enjoy Light Night or for any other reason, Northern Trains Ltd are offering a limited number of cheap train tickets for as little as £1.50. Buy your tickets from their website. Bus is a great option too, check your service first, as there will be some disruptions to services. Find details of the free hop-on, hop-off, Light Night Rider bus route and stops here. If you need to drive, consider using the Park & Ride options from Elland Road, Temple Green and Stourton. Be warned – Stourton, a special Light Night installation will be keeping watch...

City Square: video of proposals

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City Square is being transformed. Once the work there is finished, the whole area will be much more welcoming for pedestrians and cyclists, as this video about the proposed changes shows. Register here for updates and consultations on future phases of the project.

Free bike maintenance courses

Join a free 2-hour bike-maintenance course this October at the Leeds Bike Mill. The basic course covers the ‘M-check’, how to remove and replace a wheel and fix a puncture, and how to clean and lubricate your bike.  The intermediate course builds on this and looks at gears and brakes.

Leeds University is offering monthly bike maintenance sessions to its staff and students to help keep everyone’s bike wheels spinning this winter. The first one is on 19 October, with other available dates through to March 2023; sign up here.

Residents snap up £100s-worth of free sustainable travel offers

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Residents moving into most larger new housing sites in Leeds (50+ dwellings) can benefit from a range of great sustainable travel offers and initiatives. Each household can claim between £250 and £500-worth of practical incentives, such as a free MCard or bike vouchers, and can also claim discounted car club membership. The free offers are funded by a ‘Residential Travel Plan Fund’, a scheme introduced by Leeds City Council and paid for by housing developers to promote and support sustainable travel. Residents of a Redrow development in Garforth recently had the opportunity to bring their bikes for bike marking, and repairs as part of a travel plan event organised by the Travel Plan Coordinator from Optima Highways, to raise awareness of the free travel offers.

Bradford Clean Air Zone

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If you commute to/from Bradford, then you will know that the new Clean Air Zone (CAZ) came into force on 26 September. There is now a daily charge to drive in the Bradford CAZ if your vehicle does not meet required emission standards and it is not exempt. Charges do not apply to passenger cars and motorbikes (even if you use them for work) but do apply to taxis and private hire vehicles. You can check whether you will need to pay or not here . The new Clean Air Zone will reduce the amount of dangerous pollution for all, both within the Clean Air Zone and beyond.

Event: Greening Business Travel

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Fleet managers, energy managers and sustainability professionals in Leeds and the wider region are invited to join a free half-day event organised by EB Charging and Leeds City Council. The event will include expert presentations, panel Q&A and networking to provide inspiration and information about the opportunities and support available to help businesses and charities accelerate their own transition to zero emission travel. Book here.

Wonderful Walks

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Curious about Leeds history and architecture? Need a leg stretch after a busy day? Why not combine an after-work walk with a chance to find out more about Modernista Leeds – or what caused the ‘Leeds Look’ architectural code? Stroll past iconic Leeds buildings and check out the sites of structures that were lost or never realised. Sign up for Leeds Civic Trust walk which takes place on 20th October at 17.30.

For more wonderful walking tours that cover everything from real ale to Emmerdale visit Leeds Tours and Trails

Looking to set up your own walking group and need some help? Hollybush Conservation Centre is offering support and training for walking groups aimed at under-50s.  Contact Alex Mason or call 0748 3050763. Active Leeds also provides walking groups, walk leader training and advice on local walks. For more information contact or visit Walking (