‘DigiBike’ takes to York's streets to help tourists

The Razali family from Jakarta, Indonesia get advice on where to visit as the Visit York digibike travels around York

The Razali family from Jakarta, Indonesia get advice on where to visit as the Visit York digibike travels around York

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A BIKE advertising York's attractions will become a new fixture in around the city centre.

The Visit York digiBike is a four-wheeled bicycle featuring two state-of-the-art smart TVs and onboard sound system.

Throughout the year, the bike will travel around the city centre stopping at key tourism hotspots such as York Minster, St Helen’s Square, Parliament Street, National Railway Museum, Parliament Street and Union Terrace coach park.

Kate McMullen, head of Visit York, said: "The digiBike is a high visibility way to promote York’s tourism businesses and at the same time offer help and advice for visitors and residents. And by meeting and greeting coach passengers first thing in the morning, we’re adding to the friendly warm welcome York is so famous for."

As well as running video and graphic advertising, three newly appointed Visit York digiCyclists will also distribute leaflets, provide directions and expert local knowledge.

Three new digiCyclists have been enlisted: students Conor Matchett, 19, Peter Sainsbury, 28, and Michael Thompson, 19.

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8:18am Thu 31 Jul 14

smudge2 says...

This could be a job for pedalling paul to keep him occupied instead of winding York residents up all the time.
This could be a job for pedalling paul to keep him occupied instead of winding York residents up all the time. smudge2
  • Score: 27

8:38am Thu 31 Jul 14

Mr Sarcasm says...

No mention of where the funding is coming from. York Council Tax paying residents I presume!
No mention of where the funding is coming from. York Council Tax paying residents I presume! Mr Sarcasm
  • Score: 15

8:50am Thu 31 Jul 14

Carch690 says...

Mr Sarcasm wrote:
No mention of where the funding is coming from. York Council Tax paying residents I presume!
Of course the taxpayer pays for it! What a complete pointless whinge this is. The money will come from a budget that is contributed to by the taxpayer. That's the way councils operate and always will. Sounds like a very good idea. Anything that helps tourists who bring in much wanted money is a good thing surely
[quote][p][bold]Mr Sarcasm[/bold] wrote: No mention of where the funding is coming from. York Council Tax paying residents I presume![/p][/quote]Of course the taxpayer pays for it! What a complete pointless whinge this is. The money will come from a budget that is contributed to by the taxpayer. That's the way councils operate and always will. Sounds like a very good idea. Anything that helps tourists who bring in much wanted money is a good thing surely Carch690
  • Score: -21

9:10am Thu 31 Jul 14

Mr Sarcasm says...

Carch690 wrote:
Mr Sarcasm wrote:
No mention of where the funding is coming from. York Council Tax paying residents I presume!
Of course the taxpayer pays for it! What a complete pointless whinge this is. The money will come from a budget that is contributed to by the taxpayer. That's the way councils operate and always will. Sounds like a very good idea. Anything that helps tourists who bring in much wanted money is a good thing surely
It's a comment not a whinge as you put it. This Council has wasted far too much of York tax payers hard earned money already.
[quote][p][bold]Carch690[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Sarcasm[/bold] wrote: No mention of where the funding is coming from. York Council Tax paying residents I presume![/p][/quote]Of course the taxpayer pays for it! What a complete pointless whinge this is. The money will come from a budget that is contributed to by the taxpayer. That's the way councils operate and always will. Sounds like a very good idea. Anything that helps tourists who bring in much wanted money is a good thing surely[/p][/quote]It's a comment not a whinge as you put it. This Council has wasted far too much of York tax payers hard earned money already. Mr Sarcasm
  • Score: 11

9:30am Thu 31 Jul 14

Coral1 says...

Mr Sarcasm wrote:
No mention of where the funding is coming from. York Council Tax paying residents I presume!
Surely the bike is being funded by the businesses who are paying to advertise on it?
[quote][p][bold]Mr Sarcasm[/bold] wrote: No mention of where the funding is coming from. York Council Tax paying residents I presume![/p][/quote]Surely the bike is being funded by the businesses who are paying to advertise on it? Coral1
  • Score: 19

10:24am Thu 31 Jul 14

osbaldwicklane says...

the bike will travel around the city centre stopping at key tourism hotspots such as York Minster, St Helen’s Square, Parliament Street, National Railway Museum, Parliament Street and Union Terrace coach park.

Union Terrace coach park a key hotspot ....... Is not that the place Alexander wanted to sell off cheap to his mates .
the bike will travel around the city centre stopping at key tourism hotspots such as York Minster, St Helen’s Square, Parliament Street, National Railway Museum, Parliament Street and Union Terrace coach park. Union Terrace coach park a key hotspot ....... Is not that the place Alexander wanted to sell off cheap to his mates . osbaldwicklane
  • Score: 14

11:04am Thu 31 Jul 14

RingoStarr says...

I'll bet there's someone out there that will await all this with 'glee and trepidation'
I'll bet there's someone out there that will await all this with 'glee and trepidation' RingoStarr
  • Score: 10

11:12am Thu 31 Jul 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

If it has four wheels, how can it be a bicycle?
If it has four wheels, how can it be a bicycle? Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 12

11:47am Thu 31 Jul 14

cnickson says...

Do they have a special dispensation to cycle around in York city centre when it is pedestrianised, and go the wrong way down one way streets? Thats what I witnessed the other day!
Do they have a special dispensation to cycle around in York city centre when it is pedestrianised, and go the wrong way down one way streets? Thats what I witnessed the other day! cnickson
  • Score: 15

11:59am Thu 31 Jul 14

BL2 says...

Ignatius Lumpopo wrote:
If it has four wheels, how can it be a bicycle?
Surely it's a Quadcycle?
[quote][p][bold]Ignatius Lumpopo[/bold] wrote: If it has four wheels, how can it be a bicycle?[/p][/quote]Surely it's a Quadcycle? BL2
  • Score: 12

12:24pm Thu 31 Jul 14

willybendit says...

i think it would be a good idear to get them three plonker`s roly poly James Docile Dave and mophead Tracy to peddle the bikes round york so they can a little back into york instead of Take Take Take
i think it would be a good idear to get them three plonker`s roly poly James Docile Dave and mophead Tracy to peddle the bikes round york so they can a little back into york instead of Take Take Take willybendit
  • Score: 9

3:03pm Thu 31 Jul 14

pedalling paul says...

What a bunch of cynics..............
What a bunch of cynics.............. pedalling paul
  • Score: -19

3:43pm Thu 31 Jul 14

RingoStarr says...

pedalling paul wrote:
What a bunch of cynics..............
You shoudn't refer to 'Visit York digiCyclists' like that!
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: What a bunch of cynics..............[/p][/quote]You shoudn't refer to 'Visit York digiCyclists' like that! RingoStarr
  • Score: 12

5:03pm Thu 31 Jul 14

conorm11 says...

Mr Sarcasm wrote:
No mention of where the funding is coming from. York Council Tax paying residents I presume!
Visit York is a membership funded organisation which is in no way affiliated with the council...
[quote][p][bold]Mr Sarcasm[/bold] wrote: No mention of where the funding is coming from. York Council Tax paying residents I presume![/p][/quote]Visit York is a membership funded organisation which is in no way affiliated with the council... conorm11
  • Score: 2

5:55pm Thu 31 Jul 14

tgfoy says...

I hope this will be setting an example of not being ridden in the Pedestrian zone during the hours the zone is supposed to be in force. There are so many who ignore the zone now I almost feel like offering congratulations those cyclists who dismount and push there vehicle (Cycle) within the zone.
I hope this will be setting an example of not being ridden in the Pedestrian zone during the hours the zone is supposed to be in force. There are so many who ignore the zone now I almost feel like offering congratulations those cyclists who dismount and push there vehicle (Cycle) within the zone. tgfoy
  • Score: 7

6:04pm Thu 31 Jul 14

BigJon says...

Why are the 3 Digicyclists all students? Does this mean that the cycle will only be in use during holiday times when they won't be busy doing coursework?
Why are the 3 Digicyclists all students? Does this mean that the cycle will only be in use during holiday times when they won't be busy doing coursework? BigJon
  • Score: 5

9:39pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Pinza-C55 says...

conorm11 wrote:
Mr Sarcasm wrote:
No mention of where the funding is coming from. York Council Tax paying residents I presume!
Visit York is a membership funded organisation which is in no way affiliated with the council...
http://mediafiles.th
edms.co.uk/Publicati
on/YK/cms/pdf/VY-ann
ual-report-2012-2013
.pdf
"Visit York is one of the most successful tourism marketing organisations in Britain, with a private sector membership of over 700, supported by funding from the City of York Council and working in partnership with VisitEngland and Welcome to Yorkshire."
The people behind Visit York
Visit York Staff
Gillian Cruddas Chief Executive
Kate McMullen Head of Visit York
(from 1/11/2013)
Michelle Brown Marketing Manager (Leisure)
Elaine Moss Senior Marketing Executive
(York Pass)
Sophie Packman Marketing Executive (Campaigns)
Zoe Rawson Marketing Executive (Research)
Geraldine Stevens Group Travel Sales Executive
Poppy Williamson Digital Marketing Manager
Kora Habinakova Digital Marketing Assistant
Laura Freer Business Tourism Marketing Manager
Aimee Richardson Business Tourism Sales
& Marketing Executive
Kay Hyde Head of PR & Corporate
Communications
Katie Parsons Senior Communications Executive
Rebecca Francis Commercial Manager
(maternity leave)
Mike Brown Commercial Manager
(maternity cover)
Sue Frumin Business Engagement Manager
Alison Ruddick Publications & Events Executive
Nick Greatrex Membership Sales Executive
Carol Pinder Accounts Manager
Jennifer Jackson Accounts Assistant
Vacant position Office Manager/PA
Rachael Howarth Administration Assistant
VisitorInformation Centre (VIC)
Karen Gordon VIC Manager
Suzy Johnson VIC Manager
Joyanne Ball Volunteer Co-ordinator
Samyra Farooq Visitor Information & Sales Assistant
Sharon Holman Visitor Information & Sales Assistant
(maternity leave)
Fiona Pearson Visitor Information & Sales Assistant
(maternity cover)
Gillian Robinson Visitor Information & Sales Assistant
Kate Steel Visitor Information & Sales Assistant
Maria Toscano Visitor Information & Sales Assistant
Dave Hartley Visitor Information & Sales Assistant
Jane Lady
Gibson
Chairman
Gillian
Cruddas
MBE
Chief Executive
Keith Wood
Deputy
Chairman
Cllr. Sonja
Crisp
Cabinet Member
for Leisure,
Culture and
Tourism
Cllr. Ian
Gillies
Leader, Conservative
Group
Cllr. James
Alexander
Leader, City of
York Council
Janet
Barnes
Philip
Benham
Denise
Howard
OBE
Sir Ron
Cooke
Juliana
Delaney
Michael
[quote][p][bold]conorm11[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr Sarcasm[/bold] wrote: No mention of where the funding is coming from. York Council Tax paying residents I presume![/p][/quote]Visit York is a membership funded organisation which is in no way affiliated with the council...[/p][/quote]http://mediafiles.th edms.co.uk/Publicati on/YK/cms/pdf/VY-ann ual-report-2012-2013 .pdf "Visit York is one of the most successful tourism marketing organisations in Britain, with a private sector membership of over 700, supported by funding from the City of York Council and working in partnership with VisitEngland and Welcome to Yorkshire." The people behind Visit York Visit York Staff Gillian Cruddas Chief Executive Kate McMullen Head of Visit York (from 1/11/2013) Michelle Brown Marketing Manager (Leisure) Elaine Moss Senior Marketing Executive (York Pass) Sophie Packman Marketing Executive (Campaigns) Zoe Rawson Marketing Executive (Research) Geraldine Stevens Group Travel Sales Executive Poppy Williamson Digital Marketing Manager Kora Habinakova Digital Marketing Assistant Laura Freer Business Tourism Marketing Manager Aimee Richardson Business Tourism Sales & Marketing Executive Kay Hyde Head of PR & Corporate Communications Katie Parsons Senior Communications Executive Rebecca Francis Commercial Manager (maternity leave) Mike Brown Commercial Manager (maternity cover) Sue Frumin Business Engagement Manager Alison Ruddick Publications & Events Executive Nick Greatrex Membership Sales Executive Carol Pinder Accounts Manager Jennifer Jackson Accounts Assistant Vacant position Office Manager/PA Rachael Howarth Administration Assistant VisitorInformation Centre (VIC) Karen Gordon VIC Manager Suzy Johnson VIC Manager Joyanne Ball Volunteer Co-ordinator Samyra Farooq Visitor Information & Sales Assistant Sharon Holman Visitor Information & Sales Assistant (maternity leave) Fiona Pearson Visitor Information & Sales Assistant (maternity cover) Gillian Robinson Visitor Information & Sales Assistant Kate Steel Visitor Information & Sales Assistant Maria Toscano Visitor Information & Sales Assistant Dave Hartley Visitor Information & Sales Assistant Jane Lady Gibson Chairman Gillian Cruddas MBE Chief Executive Keith Wood Deputy Chairman Cllr. Sonja Crisp Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism Cllr. Ian Gillies Leader, Conservative Group Cllr. James Alexander Leader, City of York Council Janet Barnes Philip Benham Denise Howard OBE Sir Ron Cooke Juliana Delaney Michael Pinza-C55
  • Score: 5

2:20am Fri 1 Aug 14

Magicman! says...

tgfoy wrote:
I hope this will be setting an example of not being ridden in the Pedestrian zone during the hours the zone is supposed to be in force. There are so many who ignore the zone now I almost feel like offering congratulations those cyclists who dismount and push there vehicle (Cycle) within the zone.
give out some chocolates too... I'd fancy a mars bar!


It might be that if this advertising cycle does access the pedestrianised area, that it is done so under the same permissions that council works vehicles access the area - if that is the case, I should like to think it will be ridden with professionalism and care.
[quote][p][bold]tgfoy[/bold] wrote: I hope this will be setting an example of not being ridden in the Pedestrian zone during the hours the zone is supposed to be in force. There are so many who ignore the zone now I almost feel like offering congratulations those cyclists who dismount and push there vehicle (Cycle) within the zone.[/p][/quote]give out some chocolates too... I'd fancy a mars bar! It might be that if this advertising cycle does access the pedestrianised area, that it is done so under the same permissions that council works vehicles access the area - if that is the case, I should like to think it will be ridden with professionalism and care. Magicman!
  • Score: 2

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