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Kamloops will have free transit options for three events this spring and summer

Bus Front Seat
(via Brendan Kergin)

Traffic sucks, so why not take the bus?

To encourage that idea, the City of Kamloops has announced free transit during three events in the upcoming few months (though one comes with a stipulation).

As part of Bike to Work week (which runs May 27 to June 2), the city is trying to encourage people to bike by offering them free bus rides if you're commuting with your bike or bike helmet, according to a news release.

The idea is to get people to get around using bikes and buses, since cycling downhill is fun, but the other direction can be a bit daunting.

"The Kamloops landscape shouldn’t be discouraging — have some fun, ride your bike to work, and allow the bus to take you back to your final destination at the end of your day," says city transit planner Cheryl Fraser. "This is a great opportunity for residents who have been thinking about trying a bike/transit combo — it’s a complimentary ride home.”

While the first event is just for cyclists, the free bus rides on Canada Day (July 1, if you needed a reminder) are for everyone.

That's also true for August 9 to 11, when Ribfest brings thousands of people to Riverside Park (maybe it should be renamed Ribber-side Park for that weekend?).

In both cases, it's hopeful that bus use will help alleviate congestion in the city's core, though the entire system will be free.

"Transit will be free to all users of the system in Kamloops during Canada Day and Ribfest, regardless of the route they are taking," Fraser says in the release. "We hope to encourage ridership, decrease road congestion and offer an alternative transportation choice."

Schedules for these days will be available on the B.C. Transit website, HERE.



Brendan Kergin

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Brendan Kergin is a digital reporter based in Kamloops.
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