16 September 2019

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is celebrating World Car Free Day on Sunday September 22 by providing free bus travel around the region and recent figures show that some bus users are ditching their cars altogether.

Buses and bikes are turning out to be a winning combination for Tauranga commuters, with the numbers of bike racks being used on Bayhopper buses continuing to rise. Racks became available on all Bayhopper buses at the end of 2018, and last month they carried more than 500 bikes.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council General Manager Strategy and Science Namouta Poutasi says the busiest stops at Bayfair and the Tauranga CBD are proving to be the most popular places for the bike racks to be used.

“Since the recording of bike rack usage started they have been used 1327 times from June 10 to August 31,” Ms Poutasi says.

Ms Poutasi says getting people out of their cars and moving around the Western Bay whether it be on buses or bikes is a step in the right direction.

“The Government has made its expectations and intentions clear around transport, seeking a commitment to building a modern transport network with investment in multi-modal transport systems and the provision of efficient alternative options.”

On Sunday 22 September, Tauranga is joining more than 2,000 cities around the world to celebrate World Car Free Day.

Between 10am and 3pm, a section of First Avenue will be transformed into an urban public space for the day to host a free community event organised by Tauranga City Council. Bayhopper travel will be free for the day and people will get the chance to learn how to load a bike onto the front of the bus with a bus parked at the First Ave community event.

The top stops where bike racks were used between 10 June and 31 August 2019:

  • Bayfair: 341 times
  • Tauranga CBD: 319
  • Maunganui Rd: 66
  • The Boulevard: 54
  • Tauranga Hospital: 51 
  • Gravatt Rd: 41
  • Pak N Save: 35 
  • Tauranga Crossing: 23
  • Greerton: 28
  • Totara St: 26
  • Other: 139

To see how to put a bike on a Bayhopper bus, check out this video: