Transit will be free in Kamloops during three special events this spring and summer.
During Bike to Work Week, which will fun from May 27 to June 2, those commuting with their bike and those carrying their bicycle helmets will be able to catch the bus at no charge.
In addition, transit will be free on Canada Day (July 1) and during Ribfest, which takes place from Aug. 9 to Aug. 11. Service schedules for those dates will be available online at BCTransit.com/Kamloops.
The free transit days came about due to large crowds that attend the two downtown events, coupled with the ongoing West Victoria Street reconstruction project, which has and will continue to lead to delays for commuters.
“We recognize that the terrain in Kamloops can be challenging,” City of Kamloops transit planner Cheryl Fraser said.
“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. This is a great opportunity for residents who have been thinking about trying a bike/transit combo. It’s a complimentary ride home.”
“Transit will be free to all users of the system in Kamloops during Canada Day and Ribfest, regardless of the route they are taking. We hope to encourage ridership, decrease road congestion and offer an alternative transportation choice,” said Fraser.
Transit riders can follow a bus route in real time, view the bus capacity and estimated arrival time and register for alerts with BC Transit’s NextRide platform online at bctransit.com.