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It’s not always easy being without a car in the Northern Rivers, but could you go one day without your car?

That is the challenge being laid down by the creators of Car Free Feb in the Northern Rivers this month.

Social Futures Chief Executive Tony Davies said they are teaming up with local bus companies to encourage people to think about alternatives to one-occupant car travel.

‘We are programmed to jump into the car and drive wherever we need to go in regional areas,’ said Mr Davies. ‘But sometimes catching a bus, riding a bike, walking or carpooling could be viable options and this is the perfect time to try them out.’

Northern Rivers residents are invited to try public transport for free on Thursday 28 February, with seven bus companies from across the region coming on board.

‘The free public transport day is a great opportunity to give your local bus service a try,’ says Davies. There’s no need to register, just jump on the bus; transport is free for the whole day.’

Tony says that Car Free Feb creates awareness of transport options other than commuting by car with a single occupant. ‘You can also walk, ride, skateboard, scooter or car pool.’

There are great prizes to be won including 12-month Premium Spotify vouchers and $120 credit for travel with a participating bus companies to get you where you want to go.

Simply post a picture of yourself going ‘Car Free’ on the Social Futures Facebook page any day in February to enter.

If you have any questions about transport in the Tweed or Lismore areas, go along to one of the Social Futures Transport information days where you can find out about current bus routes, new bus services, public transport concessions and how to plan your journeys.

Join transport operators, Tweed Shire Council and Social Futures at the Tweed Heads Transport Information Day on Thursday 28 February 10am-2pm at Tweed City Shopping Centre (near Best&Less).

In Lismore, come along to the Lismore Shopping Square on 27 March from 10am to have all your transport queries answered.

Bus companies providing free public transport for Car Free Feb on 28 February include:

• Northern Rivers Buslines

• Blanch’s Bus Company

• Ballina Buslines

• Watsons Bus Company

• Wallers Bus Company

• Casino Bus Service

• Busways

Find out more about transport options at www.goingplaces.org.au.

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  1. Have been trying for years but when you have to start work at 7am in Ballina from Lismore the bus will never get you there on time. Public transport in the northern rivers caters for 9-5 only.


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