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Access Awareness Day and TravelSmart for Seniors

Access Awareness Day and TravelSmart for Seniors

Access Awareness
Seniors and young kids often have special needs when it comes to transit

Access Awareness Day Saturday, June 4th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This Saturday, June 4, 2011, is Access Awareness Day. If you haven’t heard of it before, it’s a comprehensive provincial campaign led by SPARC BC to raise awareness about disabilities, accessibility barriers and social inclusion. TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Company will be promoting accessibility through various. For the public,

TransLink will be hosting an accessible bus trial at Metrotown on June 8, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This bus will provide wheelchairs for interested persons to try boarding a bus in a wheelchair. Both TransLink staff and the community are welcome to try out the accessible boarding features on a conventional bus as well as using the bike rack. For more information, please call the Access Transit Office at 604-453-4619.

TravelSmart For Seniors pilot program

Transit can be a challenge for the elderly. That’s why TransLink’s Access Transit Secretariat has partnered with the Burnaby Fall Prevention Society and Voices of Burnaby Seniors to launch TravelSmart for Seniors: a pilot project in which seniors train other seniors to use the public transportation system. The sessions cover fare zones; using ticket vending machines; security features on SkyTrain, buses and SeaBus; how to use the TransLink Trip Planner and the responsibilities of front-line customer service staff.Participants will also go on a transit field trip, which provides a hands-on opportunity to explore many facets of public transportation.

To help develop the training, members of Voices of Burnaby Seniors went on five different transit field trips, going from Burnaby to locations such as Lonsdale Quay and the Vancouver International Airport.

The first of four TravelSmart for Seniors sessions was held today at Confederation 55+ Centre in Burnaby. If you didn’t get a chance to attend today, you have three other opportunities:

TravelSmart for Seniors sessions will be held:

  • Thurs, June 2, 2011
    Edmonds 55+ Centre
    7282 Kingsway
    Burnaby BC

  • Thurs, June 9, 2011
    Cameron Complex
    9523 Cameron St.
    Burnaby BC

  • Thurs, June 16, 2011
    Bonsor 55+ Centre
    6550 Bonsor Ave.
    Burnaby BC

*All sessions will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.To register, please call or email Julie Rogal at 604-453-4587 or julie.rogal@translink.ca