In a bid to try and ease the twice daily traffic congestion that Cayman has to suffer, Cricket Square owners Orchard Development have just launched a dedicated bus service, the Cricket Square Express, for their tenants.
Any Cricket Square tenants who live east of George Town can use the Cricket Square Express to get to and from work. Initially, the bus service will start out east from Spotts Dock via Grand Harbour and South Sound Dock and onto Cricket Square. In addition, children who attend either Cayman Prep & High School or St Ignatius Catholic School can also hop on the bus with their parent and be dropped off at school.
Orchid Development has provided comfortable air-conditioned buses for the journey which also come with the added benefit of free WiFi onboard.
Jeremy Superfine, Operations Manager at Orchid Development, said taking into consideration an increased demand for parking spots, the heavy traffic coming in from the eastern districts and the environmental concerns, they were keen to provide their tenants with an alternative to driving in every day.
“We surveyed our tenants to find out where they lived and if they would be interested in a bus service. The response was really positive, so we ran a trial in March in conjunction with the Government’s Car Free Week and have decided to roll it out,” he confirmed.
One Cricket Square Express passenger, Katrina Ebanks who works at the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority, was very positive about the new service, saying: “I’m amazed at how relaxed I felt coming into work this morning, I didn’t realise the positive impact this would have on my wellbeing.”
Mr Superfine confirmed they would be adapting the schedule and service depending on the demand and uptake for the service.
“We’re open to all options that help reduce traffic and the demand for parking,” he said.
In addition to the Cricket Square Express, Cricket Square has also secured other means of transport for their tenants to utilise during the working day for running errands or to go to external meetings; The Bird electric scooters and Cayman Cycles are now located on-site and plans are afoot to provide solar powered electric car charging stations for tenants and visitors to use.
“The Cricket Square Express is another sign of our commitment to well-being for our tenants,” added Clarence ‘King’ Flowers, Managing Director at Orchid Development.
Mr Flowers said the new bus service complemented other initiatives the company had to ensure tenants achieved a balanced and healthy lifestyle, including providing a fitness facility, a yoga garden and great healthy food choices at its restaurants.