EFFORTS to convince us to leave the car at home are nothing new.

As our photos from our archive show, York’s compact size and narrow streets have made the city popular with cyclists for many years.

The roads around the York Carriageworks were awash with bikes at the end of each shift.

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And look out for The Press every Monday for its weekly nostalgia special!