Have a Go day to build bus use confidence

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People are encouraged to come and try riding the bus on 'Have a Go' day in Rotorua and Whakatane on Friday. Photo/File
People are encouraged to come and try riding the bus on 'Have a Go' day in Rotorua and Whakatane on Friday. Photo/File

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.

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.

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

"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.

"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 ride public buses with the right support," said 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

Rotorua - 1201 Pukuatua St (the old bus terminal)
Whakatane - The New World Whakatane car park, off Kakahroa Drive

- Rotorua Daily Post

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