About 200 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in Pub­lic Trans­port Vic­to­ria’s an­nual Try Be­fore You Ride safety and ed­u­ca­tion event re­cently

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About 200 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in Pub­lic Trans­port Vic­to­ria’s (PTV’s) an­nual Try Be­fore You Ride pas­sen­ger safety and ed­u­ca­tion event at Box Hill in Mel­bourne re­cently.

“We had se­niors, par­ents with chil­dren and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, in­clud­ing groups from dis­abil­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions and spe­cial­ist schools,” a PTV spokesper­son says.

“The feed­back we re­ceived from par­tic­i­pants re­ally af­firms that events like th­ese are vi­tal to build­ing the con­fi­dence and in­de­pen­dence of our pas­sen­gers.”

The event is de­signed to pro­vide peo­ple of all abil­i­ties the op­por­tu­nity to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with pub­lic trans­port. Each year, Vic­to­rian pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tors come to­gether to give cus­tomers ac­cess to a range of sta­tion­ary ve­hi­cles as part of fa­mil­iari­sa­tion and ba­sic travel train­ing.

Par­tic­i­pants have a chance to boost their con­fi­dence by prac­tis­ing how to board and alight a low-floor tram, low-floor bus, train, coach and ac­ces­si­ble taxi.

PTV and op­er­a­tor staff, in­clud­ing driv­ers, au­tho­rised of­fi­cers and cus­tomer ser­vice staff were there on the day to an­swer ques­tions, and dis­abil­ity ad­vo­cacy groups also at­tended. Op­er­a­tors in­volved in­cluded Metro Trains, Yarra Trams, Bus As­so­ci­a­tion Vic­to­ria, Trans­dev (Bus), V/Line (Coach), the Taxi Ser­vices Com­mis­sion and Trav­ellers Aid Aus­tralia.

Mem­ber for East­ern Metropoli­tan Re­gion Shaun Leane says the Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to mak­ing pub­lic trans­port sim­ple, easy and ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one.

“We are work­ing with op­er­a­tors, part­ners and the com­mu­nity to de­velop an in­clu­sive pub­lic trans­port sys­tem ac­ces­si­ble to all Vic­to­ri­ans,” he says.

Above: Ven­tura su­per­vi­sor An­drew Fairhall and Trans­dev driver trainer Mark Holley at the PTV Try Be­fore You Ride day at Box Hill

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