By Joanne Rodgers, Bruce Peninsula Press
Having problems navigating Lion’s Head on the weekends? Can’t find a parking spot? A free shuttle, funded by the Northern Bruce Municipality and operated by Golden Dawn Senior Citizen Home, will take you to all the hot spots in Lion’s Head.
The Lion’s Head Shuttle Service started on July 1st, and will run Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holiday Mondays until Labour Day. Service is every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Anyone can get a ride on the shuttle. Pick up/drop-off spots are:
-Lion’s Head Arena
-Lion’s Head Nature Reserve
-Lion’s Head Beach
The estimated operating cost of the shuttle service for 2022 is approximately $66,000, which is expected to be allocated through the paid parking revenues.
Four bidders showed interest in the Shuttle Bus project, with one providing a proposal. The passenger bus owned by the Golden Dawn has been repurposed for the shuttle service on the weekends. The vehicle has the capacity for 16 passengers and 2 wheelchairs.
Gerry Myles, Acting Administrator of Golden Dawn, sees it as a good opportunity to subsidize the daily operating cost of the bus and to earn funds towards the future replacement of the 10-year-old vehicle.
On the first weekend of operation, the shuttle transported on average 80 passengers daily. Myles expects as the summer season gets busier and there is more awareness of the service, ridership will increase.