Taxi patron comfort and safety considered

I am writing regarding the editorial “New taxi rank promising, but unproven” (February 13).

 The design of the Safe Transport Space at Howard Place was very carefully considered. Some young people can do some pretty foolish things in the early hours of the morning, so we worked hard to ensure the design lessened the risk of them hurting themselves.  Patron comfort was also at the forefront of the design process, which is why shelter has been provided. 

Taxis now have an obvious, dedicated rank where they can collect nightclub patrons. This should ease the delays associated with finding a taxi late at night, as drivers will know to go directly to where people will be waiting, and allow for a smooth flow of traffic and people. 

So far, the City of Greater Bendigo has been thrilled by the response to the Safe Transport Space. Night club owners, patrons using the hub – day and night – taxi drivers, police and the Salvation Army running the Chill Out Space have all been very positive about the addition to Bendigo’s CBD. 

Several people of more mature years have commented on the more pleasant environment  as they waited for a taxi. We are confident it will work well for everyone. 

Prue Mansfield,

City of Greater Bendigo,

Director Planning and Development

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