20 September 2017
Waikato residents are being encouraged to seek an alternative form of transport to driving in order to get to work on World Car Free Day this week.
Hamilton City Council is working collaboratively with Waikato Regional Council to encourage people to bus, walk, cycle or carpool on World Car Free Day, Friday 22 September, a global initiative which is celebrated annually.
Hamilton City Council Transportation Manager Jason Harrison says World Car Free Day is about educating the public.
“The day is a chance for both councils to educate people about the importance of giving up their car for alternative modes of transport, and the benefits it has on the planet and people’s physical wellbeing,” says Mr Harrison.
“A number of organisations around Hamilton will be holding informative talks surrounding Car Free Day, hosted by Waikato Regional Council. This will be an opportunity to speak to the Waikato Regional Council BUSIT staff about bus routes and the transport options available to the public.”
Hamilton City Council is giving away five Hamilton Zoo family passes to Hamilton residents who submit a photo of their children going car-free to school for the day. Send your entries to Roads@hcc.govt.nz to be into win.
Car Free Day comes off the back of the announcement Hamilton’s bus services are getting significant improvements. Many of Hamilton’s bus services will have changes coming into effect at the end of September with the introduction of new technology, new and refurbished buses and re-designed routes.
The city’s busiest bus route, the Orbiter, will increase service frequency to every 15 minutes between 6am and 6pm and approximately every 25 minutes between 6pm and 9pm Monday to Friday. There will also be greater seating capacity available on the Orbiter service at peak times.
Visit busit.co.nz/world-car-free-day for more information on bus options that can work for you.