Circus acts help put fun into daily commute

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CIRCUS acts are helping to put the fun back into the daily commute as part of a new council initiative.

Unicyclists, an acrobat and a skateboarder launched the Great North Commute, as part of the Make Tracks this Spring Campaign, at The Galleries, Washington, yesterday.

Onlookers watched the impressive flash mob display their skills, which was aimed at getting people to think about a fun way to get to work, rather than taking the car.

Coun James Blackburn, responsible for city services at Sunderland City Council, enjoyed people’s reaction to the creative display.

“This campaign will help to capture people’s imagination and get us to think more about how we can help reduce traffic congestion in our communities,” he said.

“We need to encourage everyone to consider other ways of travelling, and getting out of the car to walk, cycle or run to work.”

Travel plan officer for Sunderland City Council, and project manager for the Go Smarter to Work Scheme for Washington, Diane Hilder, said: “Thirty six per cent of households in Tyne and Wear don’t have a car, so they are all travelling different ways.

“I think people are becoming more aware of how they travel as they are finding it costly to travel by car.”

They Great North Commute will take place on Friday, April 4. For more information, visit




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