Kirk Robar celebrated his 200th ride on Bridgewater’s transit on January 7! He’s a regular on the bus and travels on it just about every other day to meet friends at the mall…or to just go for a drive.
Kirk uses a wheelchair to get around. He was born with Spina Bifida, the number one disabling birth defect in Canada, that affects one out of every 1200 children born. It is classified as a neural tube defect (NTD) and is the incomplete development of the nervous system and spinal cord.
Many know Kirk through his job as a Walmart Greeter. Due to the risks of COVID he was unable to work for several months and just recently got back to one shift a week, so the bus has been very important to him. “It gets me out of the house”, says Kirk “and it allows me to be more independent”.
Kirk keeps close track of his bus rides. He has already been on the new buses 35 times! And…yes, he likes the two new accessible buses. “In the old bus I had to sit in the back, where it got a little bumpy. Now I get to sit up-front for a smoother ride”. “There’s another bonus”, added Kirk, who likes to tease. “I get to pick at the drivers!” In the past he had to yell from the back of the bus to talk to them. Now he also has a much better view of the door from his new vantage point and gets to meet more people. “The automated ramp is also a big plus!”
Are there any drawbacks? “Not really”, says Kirk. “Well…I have missed the bus a couple times because it’s a lot quieter”, he laughed.
Mark Furey is proud that the Province of Nova Scotia contributed $400,000 towards Bridgewater’s recent purchase of the two accessible buses. “It’s a joy to see the positive difference that they make in Kirk’s life and the lives of all who use them. It is my pleasure to congratulate Kirk on reaching this 200 ride milestone.”