University of  Sussex MEDIA RELEASE

The Information Office, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

8th June l998 For immediate release

ON YOUR BIKE! (OR BUS, TRAIN, HORSE, TANDEM...)
WHY YOU SHOULD LEAVE YOUR CAR AT HOME ON JUNE 16

Sussex University will mark National Car Free Day on June 16 with a day of fun events designed to encourage people to leave their cars at home and use an alternative, greener method of transport. Public transport improves the environment for all by helping to reduce air pollution, which has been linked to between 33 and 66 premature deaths per day in the UK1. The day will start at 8.30 am with organised cycle rides from Brighton and Lewes to converge on campus at 9 am; anyone using a car on the day will be invited to make a voluntary contribution to the National Asthma Campaign. The day also includes street performers, a raffle and the return of the Bike Doctor who will provide a free service and advice for cyclists.

National Car Free Day at Sussex is supported by BT Payphones and has been organised by University of Sussex staff and students in association with the National Asthma Campaign. The schedule of events will proceed as follows:-

  • 8.30 am
    Organised cycle rides departing from Brighton (Saunders Park, Vogue Gyratory) and Lewes (half a mile beyond Lewes Prison on the Brighton Road)

  • 9 am
    Free simple breakfast at the Meeting House for all cyclists/people using innovative transport

  • 9 am - 10.30 am
    Bike Doctor available to provide free servicing, at the Meeting House

  • 11 am
    Norman Baker, MP will award a prize to the person using the most innovative and sustainable method of transport, and draw the winners of the raffle, at the Meeting House. (Free raffle entry to all arriving at campus without a car; tickets will be available from the front of campus and at the Meeting House).

Prizes include a month's Saver ticket from Brighton & Hove Bus Company, a set of bike lights, a special cake, a fitness room voucher or individual fitness programme for the University Sportcentre and other goodies. If you want to help reduce pollution, stress, traffic congestion and health risks, and improve air quality and safety, leave your car at home!

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For further information please contact Penelope Chapple on (01273) 678904 or Laura Miles, Information Office, tel: (01273) 606755 ext. 4353, fax: (01273) 678335, e-mail: L.Miles@sussex.ac.uk


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