Lismore council traffic and law enforcement co-ordinator Bill McDonald explains the new bus signs to coach driver Athol Lavis.
Lismore council traffic and law enforcement co-ordinator Bill McDonald explains the new bus signs to coach driver Athol Lavis.

Drive to clear roads of cars

By SAMANTHA TURNBULL

BILL McDONALD has come up with a simple solution to road rage: Stop driving.

The Lismore City Council traffic and law enforcement co-ordinator is leading a campaign to get local drivers off roads and on to public transport.

"More people on buses means fewer cars in town, less congestion and less frustration," he said.

"And the more people use public transport in Lismore, the more it can grow."

The council has used a $4500 grant from the State Government to install six signs around the Lismore central business district to promote public transport.

The council's most recent survey rated the lack of public transport as the fourth-highest issue of concern among residents, but Mr McDonald said many could be unaware of the services that already existed in the area.

"These signs will be posted in all the pedestrian access points in major Lismore car parks for people who may get out of their car frustrated about finding a park, so they can see what the alternatives are," he said.

The signs will display the city's bus routes, along with phone numbers of local bus companies for those wanting more information.



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