Ripon Racecourse has introduced a ‘Green Scheme’ in time for the start of the 2019 season, offering discounted entry to cyclists and public transport users with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint of racedays at Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse.
From the first meeting on Thursday 18th April cyclists will receive a £5 discount token for the Club or Paddock Enclosure when parking up at the bike racks provided. National Cycle Network and Cycle routes to the course, along with full details of how to collect and redeem the discount token, can be found on the Ripon Races website at https://ripon-races.co.uk/green-scheme/.
In addition, a £5 discount will also be given to racegoers who travel to Ripon from Leeds or Harrogate by bus on the raceday, with a shuttle bus also provided by the racecourse from the centre of Ripon to the track. Full details of how to take advantage of this discount can also be found at https://ripon-races.co.uk/green-scheme/
Jonathan Mullin, Marketing Manager of Ripon Racecourse said:
“The Climate Coalition’s #ShowTheLove campaign throughout February really hit home with us. We are ‘Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse’ and it is vital that we play our part both in terms of raising awareness of climate change but most importantly by becoming ‘greener’ ourselves.
“We thought introducing and incentivising the option of cycling to the races would be a good start, especially given the popularity of cycling in Yorkshire.
“We also realise that the lack of a train station in Ripon often leaves our racegoers feeling that they have little choice but to drive. We wanted to make the option of public transport more appealing, especially from Harrogate which is our nearest train station. We hope that a discount for bus users encourages racegoers to leave the car at home and makes the connection to the trainline more viable”.