Thank York It's Friday
“Thank York It’s Friday” ran during the festive period of 2018, encouraging local people and visitors alike to spend Friday evenings in the city centre. This was a new initiative bringing together York BID, First York, City of York Council and York Retail Forum.
The late-night Park & Ride was initially subsidised by York BID between August and December 2018. As a result of this trial, First buses have changed their 2019 bus timetable to run late night Park & Ride services from all its sites (except Poppleton Bar where demand was low), every night of the week bar Sunday. This should boost the evening economy in general allowing professional workers to remain in the city longer during the week should they require.
On the ‘Thank York it's Friday concept in general’, Phil Pinder of York Retail Forum says; ‘Thank York It’s Friday’ means that the city centre can rival the out-of-town late night shopping offering, whilst offering more opportunities for dining out in the many central restaurants. Anyone working in the city who has used the Park & Ride for their morning commute, can now fit in some ‘Friday Feeling’ retail therapy before a visit to the theatre or cinema – and still collect their car. What a great way to start the weekend!”