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[Image taken 26.8.21] Tanner Row, York. Increasing numbers of people on cycles, scooters and on foot are using Tanner Row. It is part of the Scarborough Bridge to Ouse Bridge Flood Scheme diversion route and there is a Tier e-scooter/e-bike bay - see: #164663. A Domino's delivery driver has stopped to make a drop-off. In the contraflow cycle lane two of us were using to reach North Street/Wellington Row. There are two clear signs at the entrance for 'all traffic' at the junction with North Street/Wellington Row that there is a contraflow cycle lane on Tanner Row (see: #165818). Yet drivers seem to view the lane as free parking. There was a taxi stopped in it about the same time the previous day. I have uploaded the image that does not show the driver's face or the registration number but he is from Domino's. The website for that company talks only about food corporate.dominos.co.uk/about-us2 "We’re passionate about delivering hot, great tasting, freshly handcrafted pizzas to customers. This relentless focus has helped us become the UK’s leading pizza brand..." and customers: "As well as having great tasting pizzas, we’re persistent in our pursuit of technology, helping to make our customers’ lives that little bit easier. We work hard to make ordering quick and easy, putting customers in control. A tireless focus on learning drives continual improvement and ensures customers are always at the heart of all great innovation at Domino’s." This is despite the model being all about delivery - which impacts on communities due to the increase in air pollution and noise pollution (slamming boots and doors, engines, conversations at night) and the congestion by the vehicles involved in the deliveries and by the knock-on problems they cause. And when drivers make the decision to cross to the other side of a carriageway to park on the pavement and in a cycle facility as here. The Domino's CEO is Dominic Paul. The website says:
corporate.dominos.co.uk/vision-purpose-values
"Our purpose
For our communities, it means we constantly seek ways to deliver positive change for people and the planet. We always aim to support our local communities and believe growth and sustainability go hand in hand."
and
"Our values
• We do the right thing - We care about our impact on our brand, our colleagues, our communities and the wider world. So we're proud to do the right thing and keep our promises.". There is no recognition of the contribution of his company to climate issues, the negative impact on localities and communities by using cars and drivers not caring about where they stop.
This month saw the publication of the sixth IPCC report on climate change "Climate change widespread, rapid, and intensifying" (www.ipcc.ch/2021/08/09/ar6-wg1-20210809-pr/ and www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58130705). Co2 is caused by combustion engines. So, for Dominos to "do the right thing" it needs to address its delivery model. (The IPCC report said: "However, strong and sustained reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases would limit climate change." ) Plus, just over a month ago I saw the first news item (www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-58021450) about the revised Highway Code consulted on last year. The report confirmed a new version is due out later this year (2021) - with the emphasis on safety... With the road users that can cause most harm - drivers - having most responsibility for the safety of other road users. Domino's uses cycling delivery drivers and electric cycles for deliveries in other locations. The Domino's site says: corporate.dominos.co.uk/Are-you-Driven-to-Deliver
"- To deliver by bicycle (in selected stores) " and was recruiting in Hampshire and Cardiff when I looked at the site: www.dominoscareers.co.uk/delivery-cyclist";.
Why not in York - a city that has polluted air and regularly floods?
When I googled 'Dominos' and 'e-bike'/'e-cycle' I found references to the company using e-cargo cycles in Europe. Again, why not in York? Other image this issue here: #174001. Other image today see: #173570.

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