Transport options in spotlight

Last updated 11:03 14/11/2012

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Bikes, scooters and buses and wheelchair access onto trains will be some of the topics covered by a sustainable and public transport open day this Saturday in Upper Hutt.

The event, called Get Mobile, invites people in the community to get familiar with public and sustainable transport. In particular, it will provide information for people who have specific mobility needs.

There will be information about accessibility features on buses and trains including:

The best way to park your wheelchair or pushchair on-board.

Kneeling buses.

Wheelchair access on the trains.

Passenger information available on the trains.

There will also be information about active and sustainable transport options including:

Cycle safety for children and adults.

Teaching your child to take the bus or train to school.

Best routes for cycle commuting.

Storage locations for bikes and bicycle equipment.

Electric bikes and scooters.

There will be a free barbecue, giveaways, and prizes, including a vintage-style cruising bike and a child's bike.

Constable Kerry Fenton from Upper Hutt police will also be on hand to conduct cycle safety lessons for kids using a makeshift safety course.

Children who bring their bikes along will be able to have their helmets checked and fitted, and staff from the Cycle Centre will be on site conducting bike checks for both children and adults.

Upper Hutt City Council's director of community services, Andrea Curtis, says council has done a lot to improve the accessibility of public amenities for the elderly and disabled.

"One of council's core values is community. It's very important to us that our community be inclusive and accommodate people with a wide range of needs and preferences," says Ms Curtis. '

"This is why we put so much effort into developing our award- winning DIScover customer service training programme, which helps staff better understand how to accommodate people with disabilities, and why we've upgraded facilities at the pool and other council amenities, so they're accessible to as many people as possible."

Organisations taking part in the event include Snapper, Metlink, KiwiRail, Valley Flyer bus service, Driving Miss Daisy, Hutt Valley Police, The Cycle Centre, The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind, Deaf Aotearoa and Adaptive Technology Solutions.

The event is from 11am till 2pm in the park and ride car park at Upper Hutt Railway Station.

If wet, the event will be moved across the road to the Hapai Building on Fergusson Dr.

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