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‘Have a Go’ day to build bus use confidence

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10:00 a.m.

People with mobility challenges, a disability, or have anxiety about using public buses are encouraged to come and try riding the bus on ‘Have a Go’ day in Rotorua and Whakatane on Friday December 2.

The event will coincide with the International Day of People with Disability and is being organised by CCS Disability Action Bay of Plenty and Bay of Plenty Regional Council who manage the region’s public bus service.

The day is designed to give people who have never ridden on the public buses the opportunity in a supportive atmosphere and to also help bus drivers understand their needs says, CCS Disability Action Bay of Plenty Access Coordinator Mandy Gudgeon.

“There will be a bus parked at each location where people can come and try using the wheelchair ramp and kneeling functions of the vehicle,

“As well as talk to drivers and staff in a no pressure/supportive environment,” Ms Gudgeon says.

“Our hope is that on this International Day of People with Disability that the wider community is aware of the transport needs of people with a disability, mobility issues and anxiety and that everyone can can ride public buses with the right support,” says Ms Gudgeon.

The bus will be parked at the following locations this Friday with staff from CCS and Bay of Plenty Regional Council present to help people on board the bus.   

Time: 10.30am-1.30pm

Location: Whakatane – The New World Whakatane car park, off Kakahroa Drive

                Rotorua – 1201 Pukuatua St (the old bus terminal)

Rotorua