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The king of the road…Leave it at home
Tuesday 15th September, 2009

Going out without the car? Impossible!

If that’s the way you think then it’s time to put the handbrake on because there are other ways to get around.
On ‘In Town Without My Car’ Day (Tuesday September 22), why not get the bus or train? Or if you are up for a bit of exercise, then why not walk or cycle?

The day is an event that Wigan Council, Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT and the GMPTE, promote each year to encourage people to think about alternative modes of transport to the car.

Finding a different way to travel could be cheaper, cuts down on pollution, is better for the environment and could also be healthier for you.

And to help you get started the council and its partners are organising a series of road shows around the borough so everyone can find out more.

Emma Barton, who is responsible for Active Travel within the council’s Local Transport and Road Safety Group, says: “If everyone who drives into work or a shop in Wigan decided to leave their car at home just one day a week, we could make a massive difference; hopefully the road show will influence people to think of alternative ways to get to their destinations without using their car.”

The road show events are taking place at various locations on different days around ‘In Town Without My Car Day’.
The full list of events is:
  • Thursday September 17 - Bradshawgate Leigh town centre, between 10am and 4pm.

  • Friday September 18 - Standishgate Wigan town centre, between 10am and 4pm.

  • Tuesday September 22 – Standishgate, Wigan town centre, between 10am and 4pm.

  • Wednesday September 23 - Standish Methodist Church, between 12.30pm and 6pm.
A trip to the road shows really can make a difference because there’ll be journey planning information and free travel tickets, and if that wasn’t enough, Allen’s Bike shop in Wigan and Bikeaholics in Hindley Green have donated a great range of bike-related prizes. Anyone coming to the road shows can enter our free draw competition and could win a brand new bike!

Anyone signing up to look at ways of ditching the car won’t be alone. The council has already been working on Personalised Travel Plans with people in Standish and so far more than 800 have signed up to the scheme. In addition, the PCT have set up an Active Travel website for the borough, so that people can plan their journeys on foot, on a bike or by public transport – www.activetravelwigan.co.uk.

Emma adds: “We all need to play a part in tackling carbon emissions and transport is a key area, we also want to raise awareness of road safety. Come along for free advice and information about making smarter choices. And we want to ask people about how active travel can help people with their daily routines.”

For more information on the road shows or on leaving the car at home you can contact the Local Transport and Road Safety Group on 01942 488250.


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