Ditch your car and discover a new way to get around

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If YOU’RE looking for ways to use your car less and cut your fuel costs, pick up tips and advice at the In Town Without my Car Day.

The event highlights travel alternatives to the car and takes place in Church Square, Scunthorpe, from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, September 22.

In Town Without my Car Day will see the launch of a new Ironstone Walk around Scunthorpe.

People can pick up details about the new route and find out more about a guided walk along it that takes place on Saturday October 20.

Maps and details of other popular walking routes will also be available and visitors can take part in a guided local history walk to discover hidden stories of Scunthorpe’s past.

Nordic walking taster sessions will be on offer for those who fancy picking up the pace.

Journey planners from the council’s public transport team will be at hand to guide people how they can best make their regular journeys by bus and leave their car at home.

If you take their advice on board and complete your journey by bus, you’ll be offered a discounted fare on your next journey and the chance to report back your views.

Volunteers from social cycling group North Lincs Free Wheelers will be at the event along with local cycle suppliers.

Social cycling groups make it easy to get together, find a place to ride and enjoy a bike ride at a level and time that suits you.

Visit their display to pick up advice on commuting by bike and check out some of the latest cycles and cycling equipment available.

In Town Without my Car Day has been organised by North Lincolnshire Council as part of European Mobility Week from 16 to 22 September.

* British Cycling donated a framed Team GB London 2012 Olympic games cycling jersey to the winner of a prize draw for the 148 people who registered to take part in one of the 10 Sky Ride Local events held recently in North Lincolnshire.

The lucky winner is Gavin Glaister, of Scunthorpe, who took part in Sky Rides in Barton. He will be presented with the Team GB jersey in Church Square at 11am on Saturday.

Councillor Nigel Sherwood, cabinet member for Highways and Neighbourhoods at North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Finding an alternative to travelling by car is a great way to cut your fuel bills, easing congestion and helping the environment.

“Even if you just leave the car at home for one or two journeys per week, you’ll soon make savings and - if you walk or cycle - you’ll improve your health, too.”