Free bus rides in Greater Victoria on Clean Air Day

Bus riders in Greater Victoria can travel for free on public transit on Wednesdays as BC Transit marks Clean Air Day.

The move is in part to encourage more environmentally-friendly transportation options, BC Transit and the Victoria Regional Transit commission said in a joint statement. HandyDART users will also receive free service Wednesdays.

Transit was free for those who boarded their bus with a bike helmet last week as part of a Go By Bike Week initiative.

Children up to age 12 have been able to ride on the BC Transit system for free without fare or identification since 2021, with supervision required for those five and under.

A number of transit systems across Canada will be offering free transit on Wednesday as well, including Prince George in BC as well as Fredericton and St. John in New Brunswick.

Clean Air Day was first declared in 1999 by the federal government to raise awareness about air quality and climate change.

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