Members of the public interested in participating in the Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure led Car Free Week on Monday March 22 to Friday 26, will be able to park and ride free from five locations across Grand Cayman.
Buses have been arranged to provide non-stop service to and from the following locations to the Government Administration Building located at Elgin Avenue in George Town at the following times:
Park and Ride – Locations and Time (s)
|From locations below to Government Admin Building||Departure (morning)||Departure (evening)|
|Haig Bodden Stadium, Bodden Town||6:30 a.m.||4:15 p.m.|
|International College of the Cayman Islands (ICCI), Newlands||7:00 a.m.||4:15.p.m.|
|CIFA Football Field, Prospect||7:30 a.m.||4:30 p.m.|
|Spotts Dock, Shamrock Road||7:30 a.m.||4:30 p.m.|
|Ed Bush Stadium, West Bay||7:30 a.m.||5:00 p.m.|
|Ed Bush Stadium, West Bay||7:45 a.m.||5:15 p.m.|
Space will be available on a first come basis and masks are required to be worn on the buses in accordance with COVID-19 regulations.
Energy Policy Coordinator in the Ministry Kristen Augustine stated that several business have already pledged to arranged for their own park and ride service for employers. “We would like to encourage more private sector entities to come on board. We challenge people to be creative and step out of their comfort zone of relying on a car. If you have children to drop to school, consider having them carpool with their friends or neighbours,” she said.
Car Free Week is the Ministry’s National Energy Policy initiative aimed at creating awareness of alternative transportation modes that will aid in energy conservation and reduce harmful emissions and traffic congestion.
Data from the week will be used towards a plan for a long term park and ride service.
In September 2019, the Cayman Islands Government held a Car Free Day to encourage civil and public servants to get around without cars and instead carpool, take the bus, ride or walk.
Individuals and businesses interested in participating in Car Free Week can complete the pledge form at www.energy.gov.ky to be entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes. Logos and flyers are also available at the website.
During Car Free Week, some ways to get around:
Free George Town shuttle - The free hop-on, hop off shuttle has four lines around central George Town and runs Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. There is also an app to track the location of the ‘George Town shuttle’ available on the iPhone app or Google Play store.
Park and Ride – Park and ride locations and times are available at www.energy.gov.ky. Masks are required to be worn on the bus in accordance with COVID- 19 protocols. Members of the private sector are encouraged to organise park and ride service for employees.
Carpool - Link with neighbours, friends or co-workers to carpool to work. Arrange a carpool for your kids to get to school. Employers are encouraged to arrange priority parking for carpoolers. Download the app “SLACK” to arrange carpooling virtually.
Public Transportation - Utilise the public transportation system to ride to work. See the route map on www.caymantransport.ky
Cycle - Grab your helmet and jump on a bike. Cycle Cayman has bicycles available around the island. Employers can contract Cycle Cayman to provide free bikes for the week for your employees. Visit www.cyclecayman.com
Walk/Run - Take in the more fresh air and walk or run to work.
Work from Home - This is the best way to reduce traffic congestion. Ask your supervisor if you can work from home. Members of the public interested in Car Free Week can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.