First Manchester wants to make this Catch the Bus Week bigger than ever, so they are encouraging you to cheat on your car and take the bus instead.
Save yourself parking charges, avoid the stress of driving, help the environment and use the free WiFi to browse the news or catch up on those pesky emails.
If you’re a new customer, you can get a FirstDay ticket in Manchester for only £3 just by completing the form on the First Manchester website.
All you have to do is enter your details and they will send you a unique offer code to the email address you’ve provided. Then simply download the FirstBus mTickets app and buy your ticket before 9th July 2017.
Ideally, they hope you’ll use your discounted mTicket during Catch the Bus Week, but if you want to keep it for later, you can save it in your wallet to use when you’re ready.
Here’s just four reasons why commuters should ditch the car and catch the bus this week.
An easy way to burn more calories and get regular exercise – Greener Journeys research found that the daily short walk to and from the bus stop and destination can burn 22,630 calories a year, with daily bus users clocking up the annual equivalent of 11 marathons. Both young and older people both use the bus to get exercise. 58% of 25-34 year olds said the bus made them feel fitter healthier, as did half of those aged 65 or over.
Getting the bus can be less stressful than travelling by car – Dr Lewis, from the University of Sussex, conducted an experiment in which the heart rate and Electro-Dermal Response (EDR) of 30 commuters was measured when taking identical or similar journeys by car as a driver and by bus as a passenger – the results showed that driving a car is significantly more stressful than travelling by bus.
Bus travel can make you feel happier – A study of 18,000 British workers by a team at University of East Anglia found commuting that involved some physical activity improved measures like feelings of worthlessness, sleepless nights and unhappiness.
Less cars on the roads will reduce pollution and improve air quality – Buses are key to tackling congestion and reducing emissions: a fully-loaded double decker bus can take 75 cars off the road.
To claim your discounted mTicket, visit the First Manchester website.