A Shepparton bus service that takes nightclub patrons home safely is celebrating its fifth anniversary of operation this weekend.RHIANNON GAVALAKIS December 14, 2013 5:29am
If you see double tomorrow morning when the Street Rider Night Bus passes, don’t worry.
The Shepparton service is celebrating its fifth anniversary of operation this weekend with an additional bus to get people home safely.
Greater Shepparton City Council’s community safety officer Belinda Collins said with many events on this weekend, people should consider catching the Street Rider.
‘‘We wanted to do something to mark the anniversary,’’ she said.
‘‘There is a lot happening in town this weekend, so we thought (the second bus service) was a good opportunity for the passengers to get the benefit of the service and a way to promote it.’’
A gold coin donation is normally the fare, but patrons who get a Street Rider stamp can use the service for free tomorrow morning.
‘‘We received money from The Community Fund Goulburn Valley to hire two promotional workers to promote the service on Saturday night,’’ she said.
‘‘They will be stamping patrons so they can use the Street Rider for free.’’
The Street Rider Night Bus Service was established in 2008 as a way to address drink-driving within the area, as well as late-night altercations and assaults and disorderly behaviour within Shepparton’s central business district.
In June, the community bus service was at risk of ceasing after several sponsors withdrew support because of business closures or changes of ownership.
However, community organisations and businesses jumped on board to help keep the bus on the road.
Shepparton resident Amanda Phillips, 20, said she had used the service.
‘‘It’s great and it pretty much takes you right to your door,’’ she said.
James Lukey, 19, said the bus removed the pressure of a designated driver.
‘‘Everyone can have a good time and get home safely,’’ he said.
Ms Collins said the bus delivered people home within a 5
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