1 April, 2008 – Bolton leading the way when it comes to being Card-Smart
Bolton Council is one of the first in the country to introduce free smart-cards for everyone over the age of 10. The smart cards enable holders to do a variety of activities and there are events planned across the borough to highlight their advantages.
More than 28,000 of the Smart cards have already been issued by Bolton Council and are in use across the borough, which is one of the first in the country to introduce them.
The Smart card gives everyone in Bolton, including children aged 10 and under, an opportunity to enjoy library, leisure activities, discounts and the sQuid electronic purse all with just the one card. It also includes the special freeBie feature, which allows free swimming for 16s and under, and free leisure use for all 65s.
And there’s the new BSmart card for young people aged 11 to 16, giving them access to all sorts of activities, from fitness and leisure activities to theatre and drama. The BSmart card can also be used as a library card, for concessionary bus travel and is a safe, cashless electronic purse using sQuid technology.
To mark the Smart card products three events are planned on Victoria Square outside the Town Hall.
The first is Saturday, May 3 when The Casey-Lee Jolleys Academy of Dance and Drama and The Harmony Youth Project will perform. Then on May 17 there will be a variety of outdoor and fitness activities followed by further entertainment, and arts and crafts on May 31. People will be able to find out more about the Smart card family and how to get their own free card. The events run from 11am until 2pm. Further Smart card information is available at: www.bolton.gov.uk/smart
Source: Bolton Council press release