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Leicester launches journey planner phone app to encourage sustainable travel

Leicester City Council's journey planner phone app

Leicester City Council has launched a new phone app to strengthen sustainable and active travel in the region.

The new journey planner incorporates public transport, e-bikes, park and ride spaces, taxis, cycling and walking routes.

Harvey Blundell, assistant transport development officer at Leicester City Council, says: "We are delighted to be able to bring the latest journey planner technology to Leicester, and to give people the tools they need to make informed decisions about how they get from A-B on a daily basis. 

“By breaking down the barriers to sustainable transport, and by making alternative modes and multi-modal journeys as accessible as possible, we are delivering on our commitments to address the climate emergency and to reduce air pollution, while also making the city a better place to live, work, and visit."

The authority has teamed up with Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) technology company SkedGo to launch the two Android and iPhone apps as part of the Choose How You Move initiative.

Active travel is a key goal of Leicester City Council’s Transport Recovery Plan, supporting residents to reduce their car use.

Choose How You Move is a partnership project between Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council, funded by the Department for Transport.

The free Choose How You Move App is now available to download in Apple and Google stores. Leicester is the largest city in the East Midlands and the tenth largest in the country, with a population of more than 600,000.

In March 2020, the council won £33 million of Government funding to improve public transport, cycling and walking across the city.

It was awarded the money following a successful bid for the Government’s Transforming City Fund.

 

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