Unionized GMB Deliveroo riders advocate for dedicated cycle lane in York’s transportation blueprint
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Unionized GMB Deliveroo riders advocate for dedicated cycle lane in York’s transportation blueprint

GMB, the union for Deliveroo couriers, is urging the City of York to include a new cycle lane as part of its transport strategy. The call comes as the city council seeks public feedback on the strategy, with representatives from GMB Union and Deliveroo meeting with the council’s transport executive member and top officers. The proposed cycle lane, running from Blake Street and Parliament Street to Piccadilly, has undergone feasibility studies and is expected to make the city center safer and more accessible, increase revenue for local businesses, and help the council achieve its 2030 net zero ambitions.

GMB National Rep for Deliveroo, Cristian Santabarbara, emphasized the importance of a cycle route through York city center for the working conditions, safety, and well-being of couriers. He noted that it would improve delivery times, reduce food wastage, and enhance service delivery of food, groceries, and medicines to residents. Andy Batty, Director of Operations at Deliveroo, echoed the need for a new cycle route to improve safety for riders, support local business growth, and assist the council in meeting its climate objectives.

In response, Michael Howard, head of Highways and Transport at City of York Council, welcomed input from GMB and Deliveroo, along with other residents and groups who have participated in the consultation. The proposed transport strategy aims to reduce car use, increase passenger numbers, and lower carbon dioxide emissions, ultimately contributing to a new local transport plan. Once finalized and approved by the council, the plan will be presented to the government for funding.